Teacher workforce: fiction vs fact
Australia’s education outcomes have deteriorated, despite increased spending on teachers and policies to increase the quantity and quality of teachers. This paper challenges several persistent assumptions about the quantity and quality of the teacher workforce and identifies areas of concern supported by data and evidence.
Failing to teach the teacher: an analysis of mathematics Initial Teacher Education
Policy-makers have increasingly looked to improvements in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) as key to overcoming declining education outcomes. The analysis in this paper validates this concern and places a specific lens on ITE for beginning mathematics teachers.
Beating lockdown blues: students pass the Covid test
Home-based learning due to pandemic-induced school closures is the greatest educational disruption impacting on school systems in recent history. This research adds to the evidence base by not only assessing whether students’ learning may have been impacted during home-based learning, but also why students may...
Mind the gap: understanding the Indigenous education gap and how to close it
Indigenous educational disadvantage remains among the most pressing and persistent public policy challenges in Australia. This research examines sources and extent of Indigenous educational disadvantage and proposes how policymakers can better meet the ambition of closing the gap.
Dollars and sense: time for smart reform of Australian school funding
This paper reviews the state of school funding in Australia, bringing together research from international comparisons based on OECD data sources, Australian school-level data, international research literature, and policy documents. It explores how and why the persistent increases in school funding in Australia have failed...