Collapse and recovery: how the COVID-19 pandemic eroded human capital and what to do about it
Joana Silva, Andres Yi Chang
Worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic has been an enormous shock to mortality, economies and daily life. This report estimates the impacts of the pandemic on the human capital of young children, school-age children and youth, and discusses the urgent actions needed to reverse the damage.
Tackling under-achievement: why Australia should embed high-quality small-group tuition in schools
The authors of this report argue that high-quality, small-group tuition should be embedded in all Australian schools, as part of a national drive to close the learning gap between struggling and high-achieving students.
Review of the National School Reform Agreement: study report
This report examines how well national policy initiatives by the Australian, State and Territory Governments have achieved the objectives and outcomes set out in the National School Reform Agreement, and makes recommendations to inform the design of the next school reform agreement.
Treading water: effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth transitions
Economic downturns have pronounced impacts on young people. Using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), this report examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education, employment and social circumstances of young Australians.
National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN): national report 2022
The National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are conducted for all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. This report provides nationally comparable data on the 2022 national and state/territory results for each test domain and year level assessed...
Review of the National School Reform Agreement: interim report
This interim report reviews how well national policy initiatives by the Australian, State and Territory governments have achieved the objectives and outcomes set out in the National School Reform Agreement, and makes recommendations to inform the design of the next agreement.
Systems thinking to transform schools: identifying levers that lift educational quality
International voices grow louder to improve the quality of schooling and transform the core aims and practices of the education sector. This brief argues that policy-makers and educators must grasp the levers of organisational change inside education institutions to rethink goals and lift school quality.
VET and higher education pathways – do outcomes differ for the same occupation?
This report explores occupations that can be entered into via either a vocational education and training pathway or a higher education pathway. It examines whether these individuals do the same job tasks and roles, if there are differences in how well the qualifications prepare them...
Journeying through VET: a case study of foundation skills learners
Adult language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills, as well as employability skills, are often referred to as foundation skills—key ingredients that help people get a job and remain employed. This research explores the enrolment paths, program completions and employment and further study outcomes of learners...
Strong strides together: meeting the educational goals for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students
Schools play a central role in the day-to-day educational experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. The commitment of teachers and school leaders to sustained positive change is a critical factor in ensuring Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students have access to high-quality learning...
The inclusion of LGBTQI+ students across education systems: an overview
This paper provides a brief history of how the LGBTQI+ population has often been misunderstood, in order to understand the educational challenges faced by students who identify as a part of this population.
Effective pathways through education to good labour market outcomes for Maori: literature summary
This literature review provides background for a forthcoming empirical investigation of the pathways through education that lead to successful labour market outcomes for Maori students with different aptitudes in high school.
Interrogating relationships between student support initiatives and Indigenous student progression
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students are enrolling in university degrees at historically high rates. However, the majority of these students are not completing their qualifications. This research investigates the enrolment-completion gap and questioned what supports are available to Indigenous undergraduate students, and how...
Expand university places without blowing out budgets: the 1/1 policy for undergraduate reform
This paper argues that Australia could immediately expand opportunities for university education at zero cost to the taxpayer simply by limiting Commonwealth support to one degree per course and one course per student. This ‘1/1 policy’ would fund more students to obtain one undergraduate degree...
Increasing women’s participation in engineering education: actions for change
This report outlines actions that schools, government and industry can take to encourage girls to participate equally in engineering, maths and science lessons and discussions, and also promote women as role models in engineering, maths and science.
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.
What makes students' access to digital learning more equitable?
Information and communication technology (ICT) has become an important tool for school systems as they seek to enhance education and make it more efficient. Two examples highlighted in this brief are teachers’ digital self-efficacy and training in ICT-based instruction.
Amplify Insights: Education inequity part two - levers of change
This report examines key drivers of inequity within Australia’s educational system and the impacts on students, and provides recommendations on what needs to be done both inside and outside the school gates to deliver a more equitable education system post-pandemic.
'You going to uni?' Exploring how people from regional, rural and remote areas navigate into and through higher education
This report, by 2020 NCSEHE Equity Fellow, Dr Janine Delahunty, recommends engaging students from regional, rural and remote areas to identify their challenges, strengths and hopes for the future, to improve their educational outcomes.
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.
Paper one - Setting the scene: Tasmania’s community-wide framework
This paper has been prepared primarily for policy-makers, individuals and organisations that help Tasmanians to develop the literacy skills they need.
Students’ workplace readiness: assessment and skill-building for graduate employability
This study introduces a new approach for the competence development of the socio-technical aspect. The curriculum of the Project Management (PM) course taught in degree programs concentrates largely on imparting technical knowledge. Current research seeks to direct the attention of the PM curriculum towards Personal...
Multi-stakeholder approach for better integration of refugee students
This paper suggests that a multi-stakeholder approach, or 'whole-of-a-society' approach, is one of the prerequisites for designing inclusive refugee education policies. This paper highlights the importance of stakeholder engagement at all stages of the practice – research – policy transfer, and maps key stakeholders in...
The social and economic rationale of inclusive education: an overview of the outcomes in education for diverse groups of students
This paper reviews the existing evidence on the potential benefits and costs of inclusive education reforms. Specifically, the paper discusses the evidence on the shortcomings of current education settings for diverse groups of students – with specific sections on students with special education needs.
Supporting children with neurodiversity
Neurodiversity is an umbrella term that refers to the diversity in brain functioning associated with a range of developmental conditions and experiences. This paper provides an overview of principles and strategies that can help practitioners to support children with neurodiversity to engage in counselling and...