What is a highly effective school principal, and what do they do that makes them so effective? The Principal Performance Improvement Tool sets out to answer these questions. It provides a point of reference that principals can use to reflect on their current practices and...
New Zealand now has its first national picture of teaching and school practices, and principal leadership in English-medium schools.
Ever wonder if Australia was alone in spending millions of dollars on publishing meaningless data on schools? This American research argues that providing data to parents within the context of a market-driven school choice ecosystem is not an effective tool for equalizing educational opportunity, but...
There is limited evidence to support the idea that making physical changes to classrooms boosts learning outcomes. The reason for this is schools are complex places.
New Zealand's Principal Recruitment Allowance is an allowance available to boards of trustees in schools which face significant challenges and have a principal vacancy. This formative evaluation seeks to understand how a programme is operating and inform decision making aimed at improvement.
The first phase of this project focused on collecting baseline data on the types of learning spaces, teaching practices and learning in Australian and New Zealand schools. This report outlines the survey of school leaders conducted in late 2016.
This Super Synthesis identifies which interventions have the greatest impact on student learning and education participation in developing country contexts.
The aim of this research was to critically examine the perceptions and understandings of culturally responsive practices carried out by secondary school middle leaders in low decile, multi-ethnic school settings in New Zealand. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven middle leaders from six different secondary...
This South Australian select committee report looks into the educational experiences of students with disabilities.
This report is about seeking ways to address the challenge of what data to collect and how to use it to support the generation of evidence about what works best in education, and the application of this evidence to inform decision making.
The Gonski Report has not been implemented – there is no such thing as ‘Gonski funding.’ The current school funding benchmark is unreasonably high. There were several fundamental issues with the Gonski Report to begin with. There are viable alternative school funding...
An explosion in the number of high-rise apartments across our capital cities is dramatically driving up student enrolments, resulting in "jam-packed" public schools. Too many students and not enough classrooms. How did government's get it so wrong?
The highlight of the TJ Ryan Foundation’s 3rd anniversary event was a keynote address from Dr Ken Boston, former Director-General of Education in South Australia and New South Wales, and member of the Gonski Review panel. Dr Boston spoke on the topic of 'Gonski Report:...
When students are engaged in class, they learn more. It is vital that teachers create the right classroom climate for learning: raising student expectations; developing a rapport with students; establishing routines; challenging students to participate and take risks. These all affect how...
The proportion of Australian children enrolled in government schools increased slightly in 2016, continuing the shift starting in 2015 towards government schooling, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
An ABS spokesperson, Michelle Marquardt said that...
Schools in Australia and New Zealand set off in opposite directions in the 1970s. Tom Greenwell looks at where they have ended up.
The story is familiar enough. An opposition leader seeks to modernise his party by transcending the old ideological opposition between state...
Brings together data across all areas of education to prompt governments to consider a more planned and consistent approach to distributing resources.
This report shows that some stages of education have been clearly prioritised over others.
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The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent authority focused on improving the learning of all young Australians through a national curriculum, the national assessment program and a national data collection and reporting program....
A new deal among governments and school systems can end Australia’s toxic school funding debate and transform teaching and learning in schools, without costing the Commonwealth more money.
Historically low inflation rates create an unprecedented opportunity to reduce excessive school indexation...