New South Wales could arrest its rapidly descending education results by introducing a range of novel interventions used overseas, however this would require the state to meet its Gonski funding commitments, according to a new McKell Institute report.
Recommended interventions that have proven effective overseas include:
- providing teachers with more time for one-on-one
- providing teachers with more time for small group sessions
- targeted tutoring
- group counselling
- home visits for highly disadvantaged and low-performing students
The report finds that while Australia’s national education standards have been falling against other OECD nations, NSW has experienced the largest decline in education standards of any state and territory in Australia.