Report

New Zealand's education delusion: how bad ideas ruined a once world-leading school system

This report explores the origins and consequences of New Zealand’s adherence to child-centred education. It contrasts the scientific consensus about how children learn with the different and, in many ways, contradictory advice given to educators and policymakers. It exposes how parts of the research community...
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.
Evaluation

Unleashing the power of the collective in education

The SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection is a Collaborative Leadership Development Network (CLDN) launched in 2014 by Social Ventures Australia. A review of international literature, presented in this report, shows that in recent decades, collaboration has become a priority in schooling and education reform across...
Report

Rationalising VET qualifications: selected international approaches

Reducing the number of vocational qualifications available is a current or recent priority area of many VET systems internationally, but what is the best way to achieve this and is there anything that needs to be considered? Focusing on cases studies on New Zealand, England...
Working paper

Digital strategies in education across OECD countries

This working paper identifies OECD countries’ interests in digital innovation in education by analysing their policy papers on digital education.
Report

NAPLAN Review: final report

This independent review of NAPLAN, commissioned by New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT, recommends an overhaul of the national standardised assessment to ensure that it meets the needs of schools, parents and students now and into the future.
Report

The literacy landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand

This paper summarises the evidence for how best to improve children and young persons’ literacy development in Aotearoa New Zealand. There is an urgent need to have acceptable equity and excellence outcomes for all our students. Among 15 year-olds, literacy achievement levels have been dropping...
Report

The bureaucratisation of public education in Australia

This report provides an analysis of the huge increase in the bureaucratisation of public education in Australia since 2002.
Report

Skills for recovery: the vocational education system we need post-COVID-19

The vocational education and training (VET) system will play a key role in supporting Australia’s recovery from the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19. However, the sector has faced a range of enduring challenges, and is not currently equipped to respond effectively to many of the questions...
Report

Not even remotely fair: experiences of students with disability during COVID-19

Research evidence from before the pandemic suggests that despite a number of policy commitments and initiatives at local and national levels, there has only been limited progress in moving towards inclusive education and that children and young people with disability often fare poorly in the...