PALS Membership helps to fund the Professional Teaching Council’s monitoring of education related media nationwide. Summaries of important media stories are published  several times each week by the PTC.  Members are encouraged to investigate further, any items of interest. As a PALS member you will be entitled to these summaries.

An example is given below

EDUCATION IN THE NEWS, 9-11 April 2016

TAFE still rules trade qualifications as private push fails

By Kylar Loussikian (The Australian)

The wide-ranging vocational education deal struck by the ­Gillard government and state leaders has failed to increase the number of students undertaking trade qualifications. Analysis by the National Centre for Vocational Education ­Research shows the public Technical and Further Education system remains overwhelmingly the dominant provider of plumbing and electrical qualifications. Private colleges teach just 6 per cent of plumbers, unchanged since 2010, while TAFEs accounted for 80 per cent of enrolments, the figures show.

When it comes to money, Gonski opposition doesn’t add up

By Jane Caro (The Sydney Morning Herald)

 The voters love Gonski. Astonishingly, every educational sector – public, Catholic and Independent – are also in favour. Labor, the Greens, most cross benchers, all state governments (except WA) are gung ho for Gonski. Teachers, principals, parents, teacher-educators, education researchers and unions are passionate about the scheme. It seems the only people opposed are the federal LNP and a few right wing think tanks. So adamant is their opposition they are refusing to fund the last two years of the scheme although, as yet, we have not heard what they propose instead. There was a moment when it looked like they might be about to dump public education on the states and keep private schools for themselves, but that idea appears to have evaporated (phew!). The pressure on them to change their minds is intense and Labor cannot contain their glee at the prospect of a looming election fought over Gonski funding.

The Commonwealth role in education

Opinion (The Advocate)

“By any measure, Australia has a high-quality education system. It compares well against other countries on a range of education tests and benchmarks. These results, however, mask the grim reality that Australian education is not equitable. It is the large achievement gap between rich and poor that blights Australian education – and the gap appears to be widening” (Reid, 2016). To maintain the quality of our education system and to improve our outcomes (as judged by international standards), it is essential that we have a cooperative and national approach; only the Federal Government can facilitate this. Australia’s current national approach to education is the envy of many other countries around the world – many of who aspire to emulate it.

Education gap works against regions

By Greg Dundas (Geelong Advertiser)

KIDS in the Geelong region are as happy and well-adjusted as their big city cousins but are not getting a fair go when it comes to their education. NAPLAN testing and other research shows children in Australia’s mainland capitals start Prep with a headstart that carries all the way through their school life. The gap is pronounced by the end of high school, when rural and regional students are less likely to gain their leavers’ certificate. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show two-thirds of city dwellers have completed Year 12, but less than half of those who live in regional or remote areas.

The debate over the importance of education is heating up

By Farrah Tomazin (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Regardless of when the federal election takes place, three things are certain. First: education will be a key battleground, with the perennial tug-of-war over schools funding already reopening old wounds. Second: the debate will be as divisive as ever, with teaching quality and greater accountability among the central themes. And third: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will need more than “agility” to convince voters that shifting federal funding responsibility for public schools to the states would do anything other than exacerbate pre-existing inequalities with private schools.

Tasmanian Education Minister Rockliff pleads for education funds

By Matt Smith (NT News)

TASMANIA’S education system will take a $100 million funding hit if the last two years of Gonski money is lost, the State Government has told a Senate inquiry. In a submission to the inquiry, Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said Tasmania had the highest level of socio-economic disadvantage of any state or territory, presenting the Government with a range of challenges. The concerns over funding come as the state continues to try to wrest back more than $2 billion in cuts to the health and education sectors after former prime minister Tony Abbott’s first Budget blindsided Premier Will Hodgman.

When measuring research, we must remember that ‘engagement’ and ‘impact’ are not the same thing

By Stephen Taylor (The Conversation)

In the Innovation Statement late last year, the federal government indicated a strong belief that more collaboration should occur between industry and university researchers. At the same time, government, education and industry groupings have made numerous recommendations for the “impact” of university research to be assessed alongside or in addition to the existing assessment of the quality of research.