January 2011 News Articles
Independent School Fees Criticised
16 January 2011
An article in The Sunday Age has criticised the socioeconomic status (SES) funding model for providing funding for Independent schools. The article argued that the aim of the SES model had been to assist to keep non-government school fees from rising, but criticised schools for increasing their fees by more than indexation since the SES model was introduced in 2001. Read more here...
MySchool Website Criticised
24 January 2011
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has been criticised for ignoring parents in the top and bottom income-earning categories when calculating the relative ranking of schools for the MySchool website. Read more here...
Report Finds that Real Funding for Non-Government Schools is Decreasing
28 January 2011
In contrast to the articles critical of government funding for non-government schools, the Productivity Commission’s annual Report on Government Services (ROGS) 2011 has indicated that total government funding per capita for non-government schools has decreased in real terms over recent years, while funding for government school students has increased. Read more here...
Languages Curricula Released
1 February 2011
The Australian Curriculum,
Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released a draft shaping papers
for the Australian Languages Curriculum. Read more
21 February 2011
The Age has printed a
discussion piece in its education supplement that discusses the question of how
funding should be allocated to schools. Read more
cannot be Trusted on School Funding
24 February 2011
Kevin Donnelly argues that David
Gonski, the head of the Commonwealth Government's school funding review panel,
has compromised his position in a speech he gave to the Australian Education
here to read the article...
March 2011 News Articles
needed when reading My School Website
3 March 2011
All parents need and deserve
accurate information so that they can choose the right school for their children
and monitor their chosen school’s educational outcomes but parents must
carefully analyse the material on the My School website to be launched
tomorrow, writes Michelle Green, Chief Executive, Independent Schools Victoria. Click here to read the
media release (PDF)...
Enrolments Continue to
Increase in Non-Government Schools
17 March 2011
The Australian Bureau of
Statistics (ABS) has released Schools Australia, 2010, which shows that
the proportion of Australian students attending non-government schools has
continued to increase. Read more here...
Revised National Safe
Schools Framework Released
18 March 2011
As part of the National Day of
Action Against Bullying and Violence, the Minister for School Education, Mr
Peter Garrett, has launched the revised version of the National Safe Schools
Framework. Read more
Art Education Improves School Experience
22 March 2011
Research has suggested that
children who undertake arts education perform better in literacy tests and are
less likely to be absent from school than other students. Read more here...
April 2011 News Articles
Review Submissions Call for Changes to School Funding
1 April 2011
Submissions from various Independent school organisations to the Australian Government’s Review of Funding for Schooling have called for government funding to be linked to students, rather than the sector in which the students are educated. Independent Schools Victoria suggested that a ‘portable funding allowance’ could be introduced, which parents could use at whichever school they decided was the best for their child. Read more here...
Pyne Outlines Coalition’s Education Policies
6 April 2011
In an address to the National Press Club, the Shadow Minister for Education, Mr Christopher Pyne, outlined that, if elected, the Coalition would introduce policies including the provision of greater autonomy to government school principals, remove school financial information from the MySchool website and retain the funding maintenance provisions of the Socioeconomic Status (SES) funding model for non-government schools. Read more here...
Garrett Calls for an End to Funding Maintenance
10 April 2011
The Australian Government Minister for School Education, Mr Peter Garrett, has told The Australian newspaper that the funding maintenance provisions of the SES funding model have ‘reached their use-by-date’. Read more here...
Independent Schools Victoria Launches its Funding Review Submission
11 April 2011
As part of its submission to the Australian Government’s Review of Funding for Schooling, Independent Schools Victoria has proposed a new funding model that would treat all students equally, regardless of the school that they attended. Read more here...
COAG Literacy and Numeracy Report Released
12 April 2011
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has released a report indicating that Victoria was unable to meet the majority of the targets it set as part of its participation in the Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership (LANNP). Read more here...
Victorian Government to Provide Additional Funding to Reduce Bullying in Schools
12 April 2011
The Premier of Victoria, Mr Ted Baillieu, has announced that the Victorian Government will allocate $14.5 million over four years to address bullying and cyberbullying. Read more here...
Universities to Consider Changing Admission Criteria
12 April 2011
The Group of Eight Universities has released a report which argues that universities could admit a proportion of the top performing students from each school, in an effort to address the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who attend university. Read more here...
Report Critical of My School Website Released
21 April 2011
Fairfax Media has released details of two reports commissioned by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) that were critical of the launch of the 2010 My School website, concluding that ACARA does not understand that operations of independent schools, was ‘too inwardly focused’ and failed to plan effectively. Read more here...
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