O’Shea: All I want for higher education now and tomorrow

By Sarah O'Shea

Fresh from delivering a widely-applauded keynote at this year’s HERDSA conference, “Fragility or tenacity? Equity and participation in

What I learned from my first year of teaching

By Olivia Karaolis

“Ring the bells that can still ring,  Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in

Why performance pay will never fix the disastrous teaching crisis

By Mihajla Gavin and Susan McGrath-Champ

The NSW teaching profession is currently in crisis. However, recent education reform announcements to address the crisis miss the mark. Teacher workloads have reached unsustainable levels. Our survey research of over 18,000 NSW public sector teachers showed that teachers are now working an average of 55 hours per week. Increased data collection requirements, constant curriculum

What we should all know about authentic inclusive classrooms

By Linda Graham, Haley Tancredi and Jenna Gillett-Swan

Kids with learning and behavioural difficulties couldn’t possibly tell us anything about quality teaching… could they? Anti-inclusion sentiment has reached fever pitch following the most recent Hearing of the Disability Royal Commission; one that aimed to hear both sides of a so-called “binary” debate. If folks were hoping the hearing would prove that it’s all

We refuse to value care – why sexism is at the core of our early childhood crisis

By Lucinda McKnight and Natalie Robertson

Introduction: The old, old problem The introduction of an extra year of education for three and four-year olds

It’s one thing to extend preschool. But where is the supply of the remarkable teachers we need?

By Rachael Hedger

Rachael Hedger on early childhood reform: implications for our children, the sector, and the economy. This week, Victoria and New South Wales jointly announced a universal preschool year for all 4-year-old children, offering 30-hours of fully subsided ‘pre-prep’ or ‘pre-kindergarten’. Victoria plans to implement this change from 2025 whilst NSW will begin from 2030. This

Why kids under five must start learning to code

By Jo Bird

There’s a lot of pressure to learn coding in primary school to develop 21st century computational skills. But I think we should start in preschool. Schools and governments recognise the need for teaching 21st century skills. We can see the evidence for that in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. But just as we teach preschool children

How to make sure your vote really counts

By Libby Tudball

Millennial voters and Australian citizens aged under 45 made up 43 percent of the voters in the 2022 federal election. Analyses show that their vote mattered in swings against the major parties and revealed just how discerning young voters can be. But clearly, for their votes to count, and to ensure their most preferred candidate

We all love a good story (and you can join in)

By Robyn Ewing and Jo Padgham

The role of story for humankind is a given: we live storied lives. Reading rich literature is always

How the brilliant democracy sausage reveals the secrets of school funding

By Naomi Barnes

WATCH: There’s a snag in school funding. New Education Minister Jason Clare is like any other student on their first day of school – there is a lot to learn about the problems facing the education system in Australia. But, in this case, Mr Clare can discover the answers by revisiting one of the highlights