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My last column for The Daily Telegraph

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:57:00 GMT

This is my last column for The Daily Telegraph. I have been writing on education in this paper for over twenty years; it is time…

Upsides and downsides with the new funding model for public schools

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:36:00 GMT

The unveiling of the new school funding model for NSW public schools this week was like winning the lottery for some schools. Next year they…

NSW will keep the Gonski flame going

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 06:22:00 GMT

Our new federal education minister, Christopher Pyne seems to be keeping an uncharacteristic low profile. I guess he doesn’t want to be slapped…

The Mighty Yangtze Postcard

Sun, 29 Sep 2013 02:46:00 GMT

Sailing the Yangtze was as enchanting as I had imagined, with misty peaks, terraced farms and tranquil waters gliding by. …

The Pyne wars in education begin

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 07:10:01 GMT

You can expect teachers, especially public school teachers, to start this next school term with heightened feelings of combativeness. The usual amount of…

Be surprised, your views on schooling might be Green

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:21:00 GMT

If you haven’t tried the ABC’s vote compass you should. It shows how closely your views on various issues match the policies of the major…

Abbott’s plan for schools is not even a half Gonski

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:31:00 GMT

The Coalition has not matched Labor’s school funding policy. There is no “unity ticket” with Kevin Rudd on school funding, as Tony Abbott claims. …

Why teachers love Twitter

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:26:00 GMT

If you are a tweeter you will know the twitterverse is awash with teachers. So I thought I might let you into the secret as…

The Coalition’s school education policy - independent public schools and more slogans

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:06:00 GMT

For a long time Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne had no policy for school education. Now they do have one but you might wish they…

Why Bill Shorten is a good choice for education minister

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 06:14:00 GMT

Bill Shorten is a good choice for Education Minister. Kevin Rudd got that one right. He doesn’t have the rock star charisma of…

Public schools valued in new school growth

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:25:00 GMT

So much for families fleeing public schools.  With the projection of an extra 70,000 children in NSW public schools by 2021 the NSW Government has…

No column this week - so readers have their say on educational issues

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 04:28:00 GMT

Sorry. My column has been held over to next week. Feel free to vent on educational issues here in the meantime.