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.
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.
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.
School compliance regulation changes are imminent, with most states bringing new legislation into effect over the next 18 months. With changes affecting school governance, enrolment, curriculum and student learning, student safety, staff employment and school infrastructure, there’s no better time to review your internal policies and assess any areas that may need attention in the coming months.
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.