School curriculum

Report

Respectful Relationships Education in Australia: national stocktake and gap analysis of Respectful Relationships Education material and resources final report

The Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) helps to create an inclusive and prosperous Australia by maximising opportunity through national leadership on education, skills and employment policy development. In August 2021, DESE commissioned Monash University to undertake a national stocktake and gap analysis...
Discussion paper

Teaching national shame: history and citizenship in the school curriculum

In this discussion paper, the author examines the impact of changing approaches to teaching history and citizenship on the cultivation of national identity in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Report

Improving quality use of research evidence in practice: insights from cross-sector co-design

The Q Project is a 5-year partnership between Monash University and the Paul Ramsay Foundation to understand and improve the use of research evidence in Australian schools. In 2021, the project hosted two series of co-design workshops with teachers, school leaders and other education stakeholders...
Report

Engaging primary girls in STEM

The case for increasing girls’ and women’s interest and uptake in STEM careers has been clearly outlined. This report examines the Australian situation in applying integrated STEM education to the primary school environment, comparing it to policies and initiatives in the developed countries.
Report

Some critical thoughts about critical and creative thinking

Developing creative and critical thinking is a major priority of educators and policy-makers. This paper provides an overview of human cognitive architecture as relevant to how students learn and demonstrate creativity and critical thinking. In doing so, it highlights that general creativity and critical thinking...
Report

The big subtract: why do we care about maths and our declining maths skills?

This report provides reasons for why New Zealand’s school maths scores have decreased over the last decade.
Report

Building skills for life

This report makes the case for expanding computer science education in primary and secondary schools around the world, and outlines the key challenges standing in the way.
Report

Writing matters: reversing a legacy of policy failure in Australian education

In the context of national reviews of curriculum and teacher education, this paper traces Australia’s history of policy instability in English literacy education and proposes strategies for improvements and greater accountability.
Evaluation

Respectful relationships education to prevent gender-based violence

The focus of the Respectful Relationships Education in Primary Schools pilot was on implementing and evaluating a whole-of-school approach to respectful relationships education in primary schools, focusing on Years 1 and 2 (students aged five to seven years) in particular. This report is the final...
Briefing paper

Respectful relationships education as part of a national approach to preventing gender-based violence

This policy brief provides guidance to education policy-makers and bureaucrats, as well as other interested stakeholders, on how to design, implement, coordinate and monitor evidence-based respectful relationships education.
Literature review

Respectful relationships education in schools: evidence paper

This evidence paper summarises the findings of the literature to guide future actions by education systems in their efforts to end violence against women.
Policy report

A 2021 education resolution: keep an eye on the Australian curriculum

This paper argues that as the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian federation are tested, there can be few more powerful avenues leading to national unity and prosperity than a genuinely world-class Australian curriculum.
Journal article

School-based prevention in very remote settings

This preliminary study aimed to test the feasibility of processes and methods of data-gathering, the reliability of youth self-report measures, and to identify the direction of effects for an evaluation of a longer-term pilot of the curriculum.
Discussion paper

Indigenous cultural competency in the Australian teaching workforce

This paper aims to facilitate a re-imagining of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures, identities and histories are reflected and understood in Australian classrooms. The ultimate goal is to improve how Australian education systems embrace the development of a culturally competent teaching workforce...
Report

NSW curriculum review: final report

This review of the New South Wales school curriculum has concluded that change is required. The changes recommended by the review are far-reaching and amount to the introduction of a new curriculum for NSW schools, from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Report

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN): national report 2019

This national report provides further information than contained in the August 2019 summary release, including comparisons of performance by: gender, Indigenous status, language background other than English, parental occupation, parental education and school location.
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...
Report

Every child a taonga: early learning action plan 2019-29

The action plan outlines five interdependent objectives and 25 actions intended to work together to raise quality, improve equity and enable choice of service type.
Strategy

Australian curriculum: Science, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority

This document showcases new content elaborations for the Australian Curriculum: Science (Foundation to Year 10) that address the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority. It also provides the accompanying teacher background information for each of the elaborations from Foundation to Year...
Report

NSW curriculum review: interim report

In May 2018, the NSW Government announced a comprehensive review of the New South Wales (NSW) school curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12. This interim report of the review has been produced as a progress report and a basis for consultation on the broad directions...