Schools

Report

Funding the infrastructure of tomorrow

This report sets out the need to continue to invest in new roads, public transport, schools and hospitals, to address infrastructure inequality. The authors propose that governments set a stable level of investment and build a long term pipeline of work around these allocations.
Briefing paper

Nobel Prize Committee says money matters in education

This research brief reviews the statement in support of the Nobel Prize for Economics for 2021 by the Prize Committee. The statement highlights the extensive empirical evidence that increased expenditure on education can improve test scores and future earnings, especially for disadvantaged students.
Book

Building better schools with evidence-based policy

This book is relevant to every person who works in a school. Users of this book can be assured that each policy has been carefully formulated from the current understandings of best practice. This is a practical innovation, and an example of how schools can...
Report

Benchmarking tree canopy in Sydney’s hot schools

Analyses provided in this report will assist the development of the most effective tree planting strategies for each of Sydney’s 100 hot schools.
Guide

Relationships and sexuality education

These two guides have been designed to help schools adopt a whole-school approach to strengthening their programmes in relationships and sexuality education. They incorporate the latest research on relationships, gender, sexuality, and wellbeing. They also take into account the cultural and social changes and the...
Report

The state of schooling: state, state-integrated and private school performance in New Zealand

This report explores school effectiveness across state, state-integrated, and private schools, otherwise defined as school authority (or type).
Report

The Recovery Book: what Australian governments should do now

This publication is a policy and strategy blueprint for federal, state and territory governments, including for hospitals and health care, schools and universities, roads and trains, budgets and energy.
Working paper

Evaluation of the Speak Out Against Racism (SOAR) program pilot

The Speak Out Against Racism (SOAR) project is a major research study focused on understanding and addressing experiences and attitudes to racism and racial discrimination, and bystander responses to racism and racial discrimination in 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.
Article

School closures will increase inequality unless urgent action closes the digital divide

While slowing the pace of the Covid-19 Pandemic is critical, reducing the growth of inequality – including in education – will be an equally important and complex challenge.
Article

Working from home and digital literacy – what can we assume?

This article asks whether Australian school students are sufficiently digitally literate and confident to effectively transition to online learning and whether teachers have demonstrated the capacity to use digital technologies in their teaching and learning practice to facilitate this transition.
Report

Responsible innovation: designing schools for tomorrow’s learners

There is now a growing body of research that focuses on the complex relationships between physical spaces, educational practices and learning. This paper draws on empirical findings from recent international research that includes the perspectives and the experiences of those who design and use these...
Report

On your marks…get set…go! A tale of six schools and the digital technologies curriculum content

This report explored questions around the enablers and barriers to awareness, foundational knowledge and early implementation of digital technology for schools. The case studies exemplified a range of initial and current progress journeys that schools were on, drawing on the key themes identified in the...
Position paper

Alice Springs (Mparntwe) education declaration

This Declaration sets out all Australian Education Ministers' visions for education in Australia and their commitment to improving educational outcomes for young Australians
Guide

Putting evidence to work - a school’s guide to implementation

The purpose of this guidance is to begin to describe and demystify the professional practice of implementation—to document the Education Endowment Foundation's knowledge of the steps that effective schools take to manage change well.
Literature review

A systematic review of recent research on the importance of cultural programs in schools, school and community engagement and school leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

This report provides a targeted review of a small subset of systematic reviews into ten critical areas of Indigenous education across Australia.
Report

The striking outlier: the persistent, painful and problematic practice of corporal punishment in schools

This report brings new light to the practice of corporal punishment in schools. When an educator strikes a student in school, it can have a devastating impact on the child’s opportunity to learn in a safe, healthy, and welcoming environment. This is dangerous for all...
Report

Advanced hybrid ventilation systems for schools

This project investigates hybrid solutions using enhanced ventilation in order to achieve indoor comfort conditions, reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, and finally test it in a selected school building located in Sydney, which co-funded this project. In order to achieve this objective, the following...
Guide

Trends in key economic parameters: an economic context for independent schools in Australia

This guide provides easy reference to trends in key indicators and relevant school-based data to provide a picture of the economic environment in Australia. The information is provided to assist Independent schools and their Boards to consider the context and outlook for their school communities...
Report

Secondary schools in 2018: findings from the NZCER national survey

Every three years since 2003, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) has undertaken a national survey of secondary schools. The latest survey shows that schools feel under pressure to meet the increasingly complex needs of students, including mental health issues.