Technical report

A systematic review of the effects of learning environments on student learning outcomes

This report outlines a systematic review of evidence that different learning environments have an impact on student learning outcomes. This review investigated how researchers measure changes in academic outcomes attributed to changes to both primary and secondary schools learning environments.

Cultural awareness and expression handbook

Presents observations and conclusions on implementation of the key competence of cultural awareness and expression in EU Member States.

Understanding work in schools

While most people expect to work a 38-hour full-time week, our public school teachers are working far more. In fact, teachers are working an average of 54 hours per week (43 hours at school and 11 hours at home), due to the increasing administrative demands...

Enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in Australian schools

This submission discusses the new international research which identifies several steps that governments can take to enhance the quality of teaching and learning, and thus levels of student achievement and wellbeing, in primary and secondary schools.

SA TfEL: South Australian teaching for effective learning

The South Australian Teaching for Effective Learning Framework provides a guide for an ongoing discussion about Learning for teaching - Teaching for learning and is being shared with Learning to Learn Phase IV sites and districts across the state. Through their participation in Learning to...

Unique individuals, broad skills: Inquiry into school to work transition

This inquiry examined teachers and teaching, including the importance of ongoing teacher education, ‘measurements of gain’ in schools, government programs designed to support young people to gain the skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job and particular issues facing students...

NMSSA 2016: Using digital technologies for teaching and learning - key findings

Students, teachers and principals across New Zelaand were surveyed for this study on the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning.

Towards a new NAPLAN: Testing to the teaching

This report reveals Australia’s NAPLAN testing regime is failing the nation’s students and is quite possibly contributing to declining performance standards across the nation.

Teaching practices, school practices and principal leadership: the first national picture 2017

New Zealand now has its first national picture of teaching and school practices, and principal leadership in English-medium schools.

Bridging the divide: supporting children and young people in their middle years

This research highlights some of the challenges faced by children and young people in their middle years (eight to 12 years of age) who are being overlooked in policy and program design.
Case study

Joy and data: Creating success for every student

Education in Australia has increasingly become a highly-pressurised pursuit of success. More than ever, students are told to excel academically if they are going to succeed in life. Are we at risk of losing all joy of learning?

Speaking out about school and learning

Much effort has been put into developing resources, frameworks, policies and programs to support and engage students. This work is important and has helped many students, but by listening to the voices of children and young people, it is clear there is more to be...

The Commonwealth’s role in improving schools

This report argues that the Commonwealth should not use the extra money it is spending on schools as an excuse to intervene more broadly in school education.

Classroom design should follow evidence, not architectural fads

There is limited evidence to support the idea that making physical changes to classrooms boosts learning outcomes. The reason for this is schools are complex places.

Teaching for global competence in a rapidly changing world

This publication sets forward a new framework for global competence developed by OECD, which aligns closely with the definition developed by the Asia Society's Center for Global Education, and provides practical guidance and examples of how educators can embed global competence into their existing curriculum...

Solomon Islands Review of the School of Education Partnership Link Programme

This review has examined the twinning support partnership between the School of Education and the University of Waikato/InTREC consortium against: • A strategic focus around SoE governance and management • A process focus around the twinning • A programme delivery focus around course structure development...

Solomon Island School of Education’s Certificate in Teaching for Teachers in Training Programme

Primarily, the evaluation aimed to assess whether the TIT had improved teacher practice and competency, and to identify lessons learnt for future teacher training in Solomon Islands. By identifying discernible changes in teacher behaviour, before and after teachers undertook the course, the evaluation focused on...
Discussion paper

Towards an adaptive education system in Australia

This discussion paper explores the conceptual relationship between adaptation and education, examining why better teaching is an adaptive process, why we need an adaptive system, and how best to create one.

AEU submission to the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools

The Australian Education Union (AEU) has demanded Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s full commitment to leadership and teaching in schools, following the release of this submission to the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.

The paradigm shifters: entrepreneurial learning in schools

Entrepreneurial learning is an emerging way of responding to the growing need to enhance student capabilities and position students for success.