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Put the brakes on school funding, report warns

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The Educator | 06 Sep 2016, 09:58 AM Agree 0
A new report has warned against committing more funding to schools, saying additional funding has failed to improve student performance.
  • John Dewey | 06 Sep 2016, 12:20 PM Agree 0
    Research should be done to understand how much of the increases in funding put into education have been absorbed in the ever increasing compliance and bureaucracy surrounding teaching and how much of it has gone into increasing actual classroom time where teachers are teaching pupils. Yes, it is clear that teachers need to be monitored and supervised to ensure that they are doing the work (and not incidentally providing protection for the teacher from unreasonable parents and supervisors), but measuring and documenting has become an end in itself and is now in danger of strangling teaching.

    If you want to improve outcomes through increased spending, ensure that additional funds go through to the classroom front line. Smaller class sizes, better teacher to pupil ratios, improved professional development and training for teachers, higher salaries for teachers and learning support staff, more permanent positions and less reliance on contract work (and yes, perhaps some roll back on certain overly generous conditions on those permanent positions which is part of the reason why so many teachers are on contracts). These are, at least to me, obvious areas where the incremental improvement for an extra dollar spent will have a higher return than any alternatives.

    If you enable teachers, improve their skills, lower the teacher to pupil ratio and make teaching a financially secure profession, you will improve the quality of teachers and their teaching and have better outcomes in education. It's not rocket science or even hard to do. It's just not something the broader community and as a result our politicians, wants to do.
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