19-02-2015 Feature Articles
If we could turn back to a time when everything was possible, then maybe everything would be possible…
I recently read social psychologist Dr Ellen J Langer’s thought-provoking and insp... Read more
11-02-2015 Feature Articles
Over the summer break, I spent a few days by the Murray River, contemplating following in the footsteps of my predecessor, Angelo Gavrielatos.
Angelo is, quite simply, the most dedicated and passiona... Read more
11-02-2015 Education Funding
If schools don’t have enough resources, they can’t provide a full education for their students.
In WA, we’re not getting Gonski, we’re seeing budget cuts, especially to High Schools, which are hittin... Read more
19-01-2015 Education Funding
A new analysis of NAPLAN results shows that public schools deliver similar academic results as private schools, once students’ socio-economic background is taken into account.
AEU Deputy Federal Pres... Read more
03-12-2014 Feature Articles
Have you ever seen a photo of someone who has visited Pisa? If so, you may well have seen a picture that looks as if they are holding up the city’s famous leaning tower – an illusion created by lining... Read more
08-09-2014 Independent Public Schools
The flaws and merits of the Independent Public School model took centre stage during a debate between education academics Alan Reid and Kevin Donnelly in Canberra last month.
Professor Reid, from the... Read more
29-08-2014 Teacher Conditions
Teachers are part of a highly regarded profession and boast life-long skills and experience which are ideal to take with them wherever they go.
But, are WA teachers able to practice in other parts of... Read more
27-08-2014 Behaviour, Violence and Bullying
A report by the auditor general into behaviour management in schools has found that the Department of Education doesn't understand how widespread behavioural problems are in schools across the state.
... Read more
26-08-2014 Members At Work
In 2015 John Willcock's school population will increase by 50 percent.
It's the only year 8/9 campus in the state. It was split from an 8-12 college some years ago and some would say it's a questiona... Read more
26-08-2014 Feature Articles
“It is not a luxury to take regular time out from a busy teaching life. We need to wake up to the fact that teacher wellbeing is a vital foundation for effective education.”
With the start of term... Read more
01-08-2014 Education Funding
ON Budget Night 2014 the Abbott Government chose to walk away from properly educating Australian children, and chose to entrench inequity in our school system.
The government’s decision to scrap the ... Read more
08-07-2014 Education Issues
The impact of class size on student achievement and non-cognitive outcomes is one of the most contentious areas of educational debate. However the most reliable and valid research on the imp... Read more
17-06-2014 Education Funding
Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott have confirmed what many have long suspected: they run a government which feels no responsibility for government schools.
There is a pattern emerging from the public ... Read more
21-05-2014 Book and Resource Reviews
Cool Australia would like to share with you our brand new units on Cool Burning - Indigenous land management. We are launching it in preparation for National Reconciliation week (May 25th - 31st) so t... Read more
20-05-2014 Education Funding
New research from the United States on the relationship between school funding and outcomes shows that money matters in education for low income students. Its findings suggest that the ending of the G... Read more
09-05-2014 Education Funding
The National Commission of Audit report has recommended not proceeding with the planned Gonski funding increases for 2018 and 2019. Instead, it recommended that school funding be indexed beyond 2017 b... Read more
06-05-2014 Feature Articles
The Commission of Audit states that “the level of the national minimum wage… is essentially a societal choice.” Their preferred choice is for the minimum wage to fall in real terms every year for a de... Read more
28-03-2014 Independent Public Schools
School-based education is undergoing significant changes across much of the developed world with private providers increasingly taking over the delivery of education from public providers. In both Eng... Read more
25-02-2014 International Issues
Next Tuesday marks the end of the first year in office for South Korea's President Park, Geun-hye.
On that day, South Korea's trade union confederation (the KCTU) will be holding a nationwide "people... Read more
28-01-2014 Education Issues
We do not need research to tell us that teachers make a significant difference in influencing a student's potential. However, supporting our students to reach their full potential also relies on a num... Read more
16-01-2014 Teacher Conditions
Just like many other professional occupations across the State, teachers must be registered before they can teach in Western Australian schools. In fact, the Teacher Registration Act 2012 makes it an ... Read more
02-01-2014 Behaviour, Violence and Bullying
Not much is known about what makes children resilient in difficult communities, but researchers are slowly beginning to find out.
When looking at specific case studies, some resounding patterns begin... Read more
24-12-2013 Feature Articles
If young people can be helped to understand why the burger looks so damn good in the picture (and incidentally nothing like the real thing). then we can help them to make food choices that are indepen... Read more
23-12-2013 Education Funding
The latest national literacy and numeracy test (NAPLAN) results contradict Christopher Pyne’s claim that Australia does not have an equity problem in education. The only verdict to be drawn from the n... Read more