According to findings in a new national survey by Monash University, Australians are largely positive about the level of education provided to their children, though many believe more attention should be given to developing students’ life skills.
A new report by the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University has called for rapid government action to boost capabilities and deliver systems that support all early learning centres, schools, vocational institutions and universities to strengthen capabilities in every Australian learner. Read more
Released in the first week of December, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report has highlighted issues in education outcomes for Australian students (tested at Year 9), adding to the weight of other benchmarking reports released recently. Read more
A new report indicates that a significant number of early childhood education services do not meet minimum standards and that over 60,000 children start school with poor social skills and emotional wellbeing.
The document, entitled ‘Quality Early Education for All: Fostering creative, entrepreneurial, resilient and capable learners’, was published this month by the Mitchell Institute.
Drawing on a broad variety of research, including the latest ABS statistics on preschool education, the authors highlight the ‘unacceptable divide in both opportunity and outcome between the poorest and wealthiest communities, between cities and very remote towns, and between children from different cultural backgrounds’.
Perhaps most interesting is the statistic that one in three Australian children aren’t attending early education for the hours required to make a difference.
According to the authors of the report:
There are substantial differences between the way education experts and Australian families understand child development and early learning.
In particular, while experts see early education as a critical site of development and learning, families often see child care primarily as a place where children are looked after safely while they work or study.
A national campaign is needed to highlight just how important quality early education is for kids, not only for helping parents to work.
Although the OECD has recognised Australia’s education spend is above average, a new report from the Grattan Institute has shown that education gaps between different students are widening.