Posted September 30, 2018 14:10:56 With the Federal Government’s controversial ‘super school’ policy expected to hit some schools harder than others, local schools will be asked to decide which of their schools should be upgraded with the new curriculum.
But what about the schools that aren’t?
ABC News spoke to experts who have the expertise to advise them on which local schools should receive the most upgrades and which ones are struggling to keep up.
The question of which schools should get the most enhancements was one of the key topics that emerged at a conference at the Australian Institute of Education (AIE) in Melbourne this week.
One of the experts, Professor Ian White from the University of Queensland, said he felt the Government had made a big mistake when it decided to introduce the ‘super’ curriculum in the first place.
“The big mistake the Government made was to set up super schools and it’s been a mistake,” Professor White said.
“But I do think they’ve lost the ability to think about the consequences of their actions and they’ve gone back on their guns and they have a really bad record in the community. “
“The big problem with the ‘Super’ curriculum is it’s not a good system, it’s very expensive and it doesn’t work.” “
The ‘super-school’ concept has been a hot topic since the Federal Budget in December, when the Government introduced the ‘new’ curriculum and set the minimum age of entry at 18. “
The big problem with the ‘Super’ curriculum is it’s not a good system, it’s very expensive and it doesn’t work.”
The ‘super-school’ concept has been a hot topic since the Federal Budget in December, when the Government introduced the ‘new’ curriculum and set the minimum age of entry at 18.
In order to be a “super school” it had to have a curriculum with an “exceedingly high degree of quality”.
“It would have to have all the resources and the training that would be required by a super school to be successful,” Professor John Collins, an education expert from the Australian National University, said.
“If a school is a super-school, it is going to be very difficult for them to compete with schools that have better standards.”
AFAE’s Dr Peter McLeod said it was important to look at the schools’ own data on students’ learning.
“What you are seeing in this country is that the education system is not well equipped to meet the demands of our students,” Dr McLeod told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“You have to be quite realistic about how many of these students are going to need help in the future.”
One local school in the Gold Coast had its annual report published and it said it had not been able to find an extra teacher in the last three years.
“This is not something that is happening randomly, it has been happening in our schools and this is not the first time,” Mr Kowalasana said.
He said the students were taking their parents out to dinner at the weekend.
“In some schools, the students are coming home from school with their parents, and they go out to eat, and that’s not the case in some schools.” “
What are the other factors? “
In some schools, the students are coming home from school with their parents, and they go out to eat, and that’s not the case in some schools.”
What are the other factors?
Experts agree there are a number of factors at play that affect whether a school gets a “higher-up” upgrade.
“For example, a school with high levels of absenteeism will need to be upgraded to be able to cope with that,” Dr Collins said.
Professor White also pointed to the impact that local government funding had had on schools. “
Schools in the south-east and north-east are going through very tough times.”
Professor White also pointed to the impact that local government funding had had on schools.
The Government’s $3.8 billion super school policy is set to cost the State Government $30 billion over five years.
Professor White, who has been an advocate for better funding for local schools, said the Government needs to ensure it can get out of its own way and provide funding to local schools that are struggling.
He said the new program was being implemented by local governments that had been operating under a different funding model and was in no position to afford upgrades for schools that were in poor financial shape.
Professor White said the issue of the State Budget is one that is going nowhere fast.