COVID-19 and schools

The top five ways COVID places harsher burdens on educators. There’s an urgent need for change

By Marg Rogers, Wendy Boyd and Margaret Sims

COVID has caused commotion in the early childhood education and care sector since it arrived in 2020. It made educators  more stressed and added burdens to those already overburdened.  The current level of chaos is unsustainable as shown in our research with Australian directors from long daycare centres, community preschools and family daycare services. Six

Why we never want to be in Kansas

By Mihajla Gavin and Meghan Stacey

The year ahead for Australian schools: escalating workloads, industrial action and COVID-19: On New Years’ Eve in 2020, teachers around Australia looked forward to leaving behind a difficult year of lockdowns and remote teaching, and starting a new, and hopefully better year afresh. However, on New Years’ Eve in 2021, teachers seem to have found

‘My teacher sucks’: how teacher shortages shatter learning

By Paul Laing

This post won the 2021 EduResearch Matters Blog/Blogger of the Year Award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to public understanding and debate of educational issues. Congratulations Paul Laing. First published on September 30, 2021 and republished on December 20. Teacher shortages in NSW exist.  This is a surprise to long-term casual teachers who describe permanency

How the spirit of lockdown leaders prevailed in the crisis

By Fiona Longmuir

This report is from the Educational Leadership SIG Symposium – Educational Leadership in crisis across Australia and New

What #AARE2021 meant to me: identity, community, disruption, hope

By Pat Norman

AARE Conference Wrap: in the shadow of the virus, AARE2021 shines a light (header image from the Acknowledgement

How strong schools became the backbone of the juggle struggle

By Raechel Johns and Rebecca English

When state premiers came out and said that schools were going to close in March of 2020, there

One powerful way to beat the trauma of school transition with joy and fun

By Michael Anderson and Peter O'Connor

On the Monday post lockdown, schools again reverberated with the sounds of all their kids in the playground. In this pandemic much has changed but perhaps none more than schools and the work of teachers. For many parents, teachers and students there will be justifiable anxiety about what students have missed out on. There will

Have we lost trust in science?

By Natasha Rooney

Trust in Science, Society, and the Australian State: A Crisis in the Making? “The return to school has

Why it’s a nightmare to use Zoom to get moving

By Vaughan Cruickshank, Shane Pill and Casey Mainsbridge

Schools around Australia were forced into online delivery of physical education (PE) in Term 2, 2020, due to measures taken to suppress and restrict the spread of Covid-19. We looked at what really happened in classrooms. The results show us exactly how marginalised PE became. What we found in our research, ‘Just do some physical

Seven great ways to connect with students during snap lockdowns

By Angela Page, Jennifer Charteris, Joanna Anderson and Chris Boyle

This research might be about students with added learning needs but could easily apply to all students. The snap school lockdowns required to combat the Delta variant of Covid-19 disproportionately affect different cohorts of students and teachers.  When the first school lockdowns were implemented in NSW in 2020, a group of researchers undertook a study