At the start of each year, getting essential school items becomes a national sport for parents and students. However, the ability to afford these essential items is decreasing, most obviously for low income families who suffered the greatest loss when the Schoolkids Bonus was phased out in July 2016. This loss of affordability throughout the community needs to be a continuing concern to...Read more
An anonymous parent presents a tale of frustration, disempowerment and anger describing their attempts to engage in the struggle for locally-accessible public schooling for all kids and their families.Read more
Australians are familiar with the idea of having a school zone. It is a culturally engrained idea in our education system and legislation enshrines the right of children to have a designated neighbourhood school. However, both the idea and the right are more contested than is often realised.
This is the eighth year of NAPLAN testing. It is no longer a ‘new initiative’, enjoys bipartisan support and appears to have become an entrenched part of our education system. So some might wonder why we should continue to campaign against it...
I withdrew my daughter from NAPLAN because the idea of making a diverse range of children sit down for a standardised test and expecting that the result would somehow symbolise something about the school or the students did not sit well with me.
There are many myths about NAPLAN, some supported by mis-information and propoganda. In this fact sheet, Breaking Out and Say NO to NAPLAN dispel a few myths and NAPLAN and provide guidance for parents about how it should be used and their rights to opt-out.