Education should not be intended to make people comfortable; it is meant to make them think. Hanna Holborn Gray
One down and a major election still to occur. We are yet to be swamped by an increasing number of promises but there has already been a raft of advertising from a variety of interested groups, plugging what they see as having occurred [or not] and what should occur in the future. As at every previous election, there have also been statements from all parties about what has [or has not been] done by themselves or others. This is only certain to reach considerably greater emphasis over the remaining period up to the election itself. Brace yourself. Headlines below sometimes cover this, but there has been so much available from a wide range of media, it does not need to be gone over again here.
As previously, there have been a range of reports and statements from non-political sources on various aspects of education which can often be overlooked during highly politicised periods. A number have been included below while there are more ready for inclusion in the near future. Meanwhile, you may be interested in some of, if not all, the following items.
- We indicated last time we would be removing the redirects which had been included with the new version of the site. This has now been completed. It allowed nearly three months for people to come to grips with where things now are. If in doubt, check the main menu or the site map for direct links. Some minor adjustments have also been done with these to make linking easier.
- ‘The National Quality Framework [NQF] provides a national approach to the regulation of the quality of education and care services across Australia. It’s been five years since the last review in 2014 and it’s time to check back in and see what areas of the NQF can still be improved, including the National Law and National Regulations. We want to capture as many voices as possible by July 2019 during this first phase, and we’d like to hear about what’s most important to you’. Find out more information About the NQF Review here and also this page. The second page will give you access to the survey if you wish to take part.
- There are numerous blogs about education here and overseas. Some address very specific topics, others take a more general look at education as a whole. One, EduResearch Matters, ‘wants parents, teachers, educational leaders, members of school communities, politicians, journalists and anyone who is interested in education today, to read this blog and give us feedback’. This direct response to research is, in many ways, a little out of the ordinary. There is a wide range of research topics commented on, one example being - Effective teaching methods that work for Indigenous students : latest research, another is What’s good ‘evidence-based’ practice for classrooms ? We asked the teachers, here’s what they said. If you have some input to give, this may be an avenue worth pursuing.
- Acronyms are rampant in most professional areas. Education is no different. You can go from the simplest forms such as NAPLAN, VET and STEM through to things which are virtually unknown across the wider public such as CHESSN, IELTS and SEPLA. Having given you a run through just a smattering of these, who knows what NCCD stands for ?
- This is surely one which few people would have come across, yet which refers to something which affects a large number of students across many schools. ‘The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability [NCCD] gives Australian schools, parents, guardians and carers, education authorities and the community information about the number of students with disability in schools and the adjustments they receive’. For those with a special interest in this area, as well as those who believe in the importance of supporting every student with a disability, it is of particular importance. You can find out more detail about all aspects of the NCCD via this site.
- Help us if you can. We are currently working our way through the Competition pages. Step 1 was to look at what existed and remove competitions which no longer appear valid. Most of this has been completed. At the same time we have been collating new possibilities and have a number to add. If you know of any which do not already appear, we would really appreciate a brief email letting us know so we can try to include more quality competitions. Thanks in advance to all those who can assist in this way.
Be Nimble in Times of Change
[The Australian, Higher Education, 22/5]
Lobbies congratulate but can’t manage to celebrate Morrison ministry
[Campus Morning Mail, 22/5]
School advocacy spend branded waste of cash
[The Australian, 22/5]
‘Business as usual’ after surprise Australian election result
[The Pie News, 21/5]
Training sector begs to get back in the education ministry
[Australian Financial Review, 21/5]
“When we said, what we meant ...” what’s on the HE agenda now
[Campus Morning Mail, 20/5]
Are media reports straining school-parent relationships ?
[The Educator Australia, 20/5]
Tehan expected to remain Education Minister following upset Coalition win
[EducationHQ Australia, 20/5]
Why PISA is testing students’ social and emotional skills
[Brisbane Times, 18/5]
Seven years after Gonski, why is school funding still inequitable ?
[The Age, Education, 17/5]
Hawke’s legacy : the great enabler of education opportunity for Australians
[Universities Australia, 17/5]
NAPLAN online failures bring more calls from states for reform
[The Guardian, 16/5]
‘No logic’ : calls for a review of state-federal school funding split
[SMH, Education, 15/5]