Impact of COVID-19 on School-based Vaccination Programs module 1, 2 & 3: final report
This evaluation found that overall, pandemic impacts on vaccination uptake in adolescents were relatively limited in Australia compared to other countries. However, the number of adolescent vaccinations given in 2020 and 2021 was lower than in 2019.
Policy futures: a reform agenda
It is intended that this publication will serve to increase the accessibility of valuable evidence and experiences to policy-makers within Australia. The University of Queensland and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust also hope that it will encourage more partnership approaches toward developing public policy that...
Hygiene poverty in Australian schools: the hidden crisis
Hygiene poverty is emerging as a significant crisis, not just for low-income countries, but also high-income OECD countries - in the wake of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report was commissioned with the goal of informing further discussion about the needs of those...
Chronology of primary and secondary school closures in Victoria due to COVID-19
This updated chronology provides an overview of key opening and closing dates for Victorian primary and secondary schools in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The longitudinal Australian study of students with autism (LASA)
The purpose of this longitudinal study was to understand the relationship between children on the autism spectrum, subtypes of autism, experiences of intervention, and school support with developmental and behavioural trajectories.
Effectiveness of the Navigator program
Students who are disengaged from learning are at high risk of leaving school early. The Navigator program is designed to support Victoria’s most disengaged students aged 12–17 years. This audit report examines whether the Navigator program is effectively re-engaging students in education.
Honouring student “voice” in investigating student identity development in a narrative study: a methodological and analytical example
Multiple, interrelated narrative methods were employed in a doctoral study purposed to investigate the student identity development of seven first-year participants. This approach provided them with multiple opportunities to convey their unique first-year experiences and revealed rich understandings of how they constructed their identities at...
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...
Northern Territory education engagement strategy 2022-2031
This strategy has been developed to set a new course for student engagement and improve educational outcomes in the Northern Territory.
Safety and violence: a Youth19 brief
This brief explores student feelings of safety and experiences of physical and sexual violence between 2001 and 2019.
How socio-economics plays into students learning on their own: clues to COVID-19 learning losses
The research outlined in this report shows that learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic has been most pronounced among socio-economically disadvantaged students and schools.
A novel approach to mapping changes in student attitudes towards science and mathematics in reaction to changes in their learning environment
Micro-surveys of school student attitudes have shown creative, careers-focused learning programs build aspirations and confidence in science and mathematics. This report recommends early interventions to develop students’ understandings of career pathways in secondary school, with a focus on the applicability of subject knowledge across a...
Getting a job: how schools can help students in the competition for employment after education
While young people are leaving education more qualified than ever before, in many countries they are struggling to compete for jobs in the labour market. This paper looks at things that secondary schools can do to help students get a job.
Digital access brief
This short report explores New Zealand student's access to digital devices such as laptops and smartphones, access to the internet, and access to devices in private.
Supporting students with special needs: a policy priority for primary education
From a policy point of view, early and accurate identification of students with special needs in primary education best ensures successful continuous support for their development. This paper argues that education systems should develop strategic policy actions to improve the quality and number of teachers...
Growing up digital Australia: phase 2 technical report
This research explores the perceptions of parents, carers and grandparents about the effects of digital media and technologies on children and youth over time.
"On the radar": supporting the mental wellbeing of mature-aged students in regional and remote Australia
This research investigates university students’ perspectives on mental wellbeing and their insights into proactive approaches that they found supportive during their university studies. In particular, the research focuses on mature-aged students who live in, or come from, regional and remote areas in Australia.
Primary and secondary school closures in Victoria due to COVID-19: chronology
This chronology provides an overview of key opening and closing dates for Victorian primary and secondary schools between March 2020 and February 2021, in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 'new normal': the future of education after COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented disruption to schools and learners in England. This research identifies three areas where the pandemic has the potential to open up new conversations about the future of schooling in England.
The role of labour market information in guiding educational and occupational choices
Drawing upon the insights of behavioural economics, this paper examines how learners access and use information, and what this implies for the design of public study and career choice websites that aim to effectively support student choice.
School exclusionary practices in Australia
Each Australian state and territory has its own legislation and policies which define and guide the use of exclusionary practices. Despite similarities about how exclusionary practices are described and applied across Australia, there are some key differences between them.
Parents’ perspectives on home-based learning in the COVID-19 pandemic
School closures during the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shifted schooling from the classroom to the home. This paper provides an insight into parents’ perspectives of this experience of home-based learning. The research shows parents have a wide range of views on how, how often, and how...
Indigenous Advancement Strategy — Children and Schooling program and Safety and Wellbeing program
The ANAO conducted separate audits of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Children and Schooling program and the Safety and Wellbeing program, the findings and conclusions of which are presented in this report. The objective of the audits was to assess the effectiveness of the Department...
Pain without gain: why school closures are bad policy
While policymakers are in the unenviable position of seemingly having to trade off between public health and children’s education, nonetheless it remains essential that they be held to account for their policy decisions. Evidence-based public policy is more important during a pandemic — not less.
Year 12 outcomes and university selection under COVID
Innovative Research Universities (IRU) has published this short paper on the impact of COVID-19 on Year 12 school outcomes and the challenges this creates for university selection of the 2020 school leaver cohort.