Report

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...
Briefing paper

Safety and violence: a Youth19 brief

This brief explores student feelings of safety and experiences of physical and sexual violence between 2001 and 2019.
Report

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.
Report

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...
Report

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.
Policy report

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.
Policy report

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...
Technical report

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.
Report

"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.
Report

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.
Report

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.
Working paper

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.
Report

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...
Report

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...
Briefing paper

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.
Working paper

Findings from the 2017 Speak Out Against Racism (SOAR) student and staff surveys

The Speak Out Against Racism (SOAR) project is a collaborative school-based study on racism, racial discrimination and bystander responses to racism among Australian schools.
Policy report

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.
Briefing paper

Differential learning outcomes for online versus in-class education

This paper responds to a request for advice on the differential learning outcomes for online versus in-class education; factors that moderate the relative effectiveness; and distinct implications for students in metropolitan, remote, rural and Indigenous communities.
Discussion paper

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.
Literature review

The impact of ‘learning at home’ on the educational outcomes of vulnerable children in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic

This review provides an overview of current approaches to managing school closures, as well as recent literature related to young people learning 'outside of school.' A range of material has been drawn upon to both highlight the educational issues of this learning context, as well...