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.
This paper responds to a request for advice on the differential learning outcomes for online versus in-class education; factors that moderate the relative effectiveness; and distinct implications for students in metropolitan, remote, rural and Indigenous communities.
The impact of ‘learning at home’ on the educational outcomes of vulnerable children in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic
This review provides an overview of current approaches to managing school closures, as well as recent literature related to young people learning 'outside of school.' A range of material has been drawn upon to both highlight the educational issues of this learning context, as well...
Teachers across Australia have had to transition into the online environment without a strong evidence base to inform their approach. This research suggests that the impact on student learning and outcomes for Australian children who are disadvantaged will depend in part on how well teachers...
This paper particularly focuses on factors that will impede access to quality education, of the effects on the more vulnerable groups, and it outlines models of support and recovery that evidence suggests are useful.
Ministerial briefing paper on evidence of the likely impact on educational outcomes of vulnerable children learning at home during COVID-19
The purpose of this briefing paper is to provide evidence of the likely impact on educational outcomes for vulnerable children learning at home as a result of the COVID-19 response measures, and the merits of a range of delivery models.
This research finds that nearly half the national school student population is at risk of having their learning and wellbeing significantly compromised by not being at school because they are in a vulnerable group, due to their young age; social disadvantage; specific needs; or family...
All over Australia, students are studying and learning at home instead of in schools. This fact sheet focuses on our vulnerable young people and gives some guidance on relationships, adaptation and uncertainty.
This discussion paper explores some of the changes we are considering to improve the quality of home-based early childhood education (ECE). The government wants to understand the views of all those with an interest in home-based ECE and get feedback on the proposed changes.