Simon Birmingham

The dark side of NAPLAN: it’s not just a benign ‘snapshot’

By Don Carter

The release of the latest NAPLAN results this week identified a problem with student performance in writing. This

‘Zero tolerance’ is the wrong approach to classroom behaviour management

By Karen Peel

The Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, has demanded a zero tolerance approach to students’ bad behaviour in Australian classrooms.

A new phonics test for Australian six year olds is a BAD idea

By Robyn Ewing

The recent announcement by Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, of a nation-wide phonics assessment for six year olds is of great concern to me. I believe, as do many of my fellow literacy expert colleagues, this new test will not help improve our literacy levels. Australian children have been “marking time” or “falling behind” when compared on international

Why Simon Birmingham is wrong about school funding

By Bronwyn Hinz

Education ministers from all of Australia’s governments, state, territory and Commonwealth, met on Friday to begin negotiations over