Benjamin Conway

Benjamin Conway
Born in London, now a Melburnian at heart, Ben manages the Compass blog, curating content on the Australian education space.
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"A little bit of improvement every day...": An interview with Anthony Simone

Posted by Benjamin Conway on 06/08/2019 1:10:07 PM


On Friday 16th August 2019, The Educator will host their annual Australian Education Awards. This year Compass is sponsoring the School of the Year award, while a number of incredible Compass schools will be present as award nominees. Among the many inspiring finalists is Anthony Simone (pictured right), principal of Harvest Home Primary School in Epping, Victoria, who is nominated for the Primary School Principal of the Year - Government award. Anthony spoke to Compass earlier this month about how to measure success as a principal, the huge changes technology has brought to his school, and the five values that inform life at Harvest Home.

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Topics: Insider, edutech, wellbeing

Your school community could benefit from funds to increase inclusion. Are you aware of them?

Posted by Benjamin Conway on 31/07/2019 11:39:39 AM

Assistive technology can provide an excellent way to increase inclusion for students with disabilities or additional learning needs in your school community. However, technology is not always inclusively priced. Fortunately, a number of schemes across the country provide a grant - or 'boost' - to facilitate the purchase of assistive technology, opening new avenues for communication, mobility, learning and more.

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Topics: Insider, Education Policy, Funding, wellbeing

Trying to improve parent engagement? Here are 3 simple steps to start

Posted by Benjamin Conway on 17/07/2019 2:26:53 PM

In a recent blog analysing the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools - or Gonski 2.0 - two years on, we noted that the review strongly supported increasing the engagement of parents in schooling. As we suggested, this is both an important step and one that is ultimately hard to achieve: between time-poor parents and time-poor teachers, there are no quick-fix solutions. But there are some steps that schools can take to build a stronger connection between teachers and parents.

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Topics: Insider, Education Policy, wellbeing

Two years on, what can we learn from Gonski 2.0?

Posted by Benjamin Conway on 03/07/2019 1:52:59 PM

One of the big talking points in Federal Education policy over the past few years has been needs-based funding as established by the Quality Schools Package. This funding program was a direct result of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, more commonly known as Gonski 2.0, after David Gonski, prominent businessman and philanthropist, who began in the review in July 2017. But Gonski 2.0 is about more than money - and two years on, there is a lot to revisit in Gonski's review.

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Topics: Education Policy, Funding, edutech

Mobile phone ban in Victorian state schools centres student wellbeing

Posted by Benjamin Conway on 27/06/2019 11:35:43 AM

It has made headlines across the state, throughout Australia, and even internationally. The introduction of a wholesale ban on mobile phones for students in Victorian state primary and secondary schools will begin in 2020, with calls for independent and Catholic schools in the state to adopt the measure, and even suggestions that the move may be implemented beyond Victoria. Initially announced by State Education Minister James Merlino, the ban is intended to reduce levels of student distraction in classrooms and cyberbullying in schools. In essence, it is a student wellbeing issue.

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Topics: Insider, Security, Compliance, wellbeing

Federal Election 2019: What will the result mean for you?

Posted by Benjamin Conway on 28/05/2019 1:31:12 PM

Just before the 2019 Federal Election on Saturday May 18th, Compass Education published a blog outlining the education policy positions of the major political parties and some commentary on a number of the most prominent minor parties. In this follow-up blog, we'll recap the election results and what the Coalition's third term might mean for education policy throughout Australia.

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Topics: Education Policy, Funding, Compliance

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