COVID-19 and schools

The White Paper: old, tired and lacking evidence

By Debra Hayes

In the months before the pandemic gripped the world, the NSW Productivity Commission released a presciently titled discussion paper, Kickstarting the Productivity Conversation. Its recently released followup White Paper sets out its plan for rebooting the economy.  Lifting school results is part of the plan. The Commission acknowledges  the ‘pandemic has shown how quickly schools,

COVID coaches: tutoring only works when backed by quality teaching directed at the students who really missed out

By Jenny Gore

The injection by NSW and Victorian State Governments of more than half a billion dollars on tutoring programs to help students catch up after Covid-19-related disruptions to normal schooling is welcome. However, there is a need to ensure the intervention is more than an economic ‘sugar hit’ and that it leads to sustained improvement in

More help needed for vulnerable learners in the age of COVID-19 school closures

By Catherine Drane, Lynette Vernon and Sarah O’Shea

During lockdowns due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, school closures were hotly debated. Complete school closures were perceived

TikTok teachers go viral in these #COVID-19 times

By Catherine Hartung, Natalie Hendry and Rosie Welch

TikTok is one of the world’s fastest growing apps, with an estimated two billion total downloads since its

Pandemic Collection: Reflections on inequities amplified by the COVID-19 global crisis

By Amy McKernan, Nicky Dulfer, Jessica Gerrard, Ligia (Licho) López López, Sophie Rudolph, Rhonda Di Biase, Bonita Cabiles and Michelle Cafini

The pieces in this collection are our reflections on the ongoing inequities in education that have been amplified

The shock of dealing with Covid-19 has made teachers even stronger and better at their craft

By Pat Norman

Cast your mind back to the end of the first school term for 2020: Australian states and territories were rapidly moving into lockdown because of COVID-19. Political leaders were signaling – often using mixed signals – the likelihood and need to close schools and transition to distance learning. Here in New South Wales schools switched

How teaching online during COVID-19 lockdown made me think deeply about how physical presence matters

By Penny Vlies

There’s a general feeling among teachers of pride and relief that we got through the recent few months when were teaching online. And at the moment, all of us are feeling for our school teacher colleagues in Melbourne who face returning to the challenges of teaching remotely again in just a week with their city

Speculating on teacher attrition in Australia: Might COVID-19 be ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back’?

By Stephanie Garoni and Jo Lampert

It is worth considering the potential impact COVID-19 might have on teachers, many already feeling devalued and over-worked,

Will mass schooling-at-home lead to the death of schools?

By Julian Sefton-Green

All over the country families are trying to cope with the consequences of helping educate their children at home. The immediate short-term problems are trying to keep children engaged in learning activities provided by teachers, but already medium-term challenges are casting terrifying shadows. Centre-stage is the inequality around digital access which affects all of us

Messages from teachers at the coalface as COVID-19 changes everything

By Christine Cunningham

I am a university teacher and researcher who studies the art and science of good school leadership. Most