The Abbott Government has chosen to spend its first year entrenching inequality in schools by abandoning needs-based Gonski funding agreements with the states.
Schools will miss out on two-thirds of the extra funding that would have been provided under Gonski and all schools will get a cut in real terms from 2018.
That means fewer teachers, less support for students and bigger gaps between rich and poor schools.
The Abbott Government also broke its election promise to introduce extra funding for students with disabilities in 2015, and will effectively cut $100 million from disability education next year.
Templestowe College turn around
Also refer to this interesting story about how Templestowe College 'turned itself around' with staggered starting times, de-emphasising NAPLAN scores, introducing student friendly subjects such as game designing and animal husbandry and consulting with teachers more . They've successfully turned their enrolment decline around and have a happier school. There is an interesting quote from the story which our politicians should read:
Interesting story in last weeks Age from visiting New Zealand educators about the 'failure' of Reading Recovery in NZ ( Reading Recovery originated in NZ and has been heavily promoted by DEECD as an aid to helping struggling readers to make progress. It was originally championed by schools from Bendigo but became popular in the Grampians Region with 'Early Years' in the mid 1990s.I received training in it in 1997)
Professor James Chapman, from Massey University, told The Age that Reading Recovery did not work for children who had dyslexia or were really struggling to read.
Governence Debate hots up
From the Sunday Age:
Bad luck Bombers! better luck next season!