delivering Effective Teaching to Every Child.
The Education Challenge for Australia
The Learning Bell Curve
- Keep shifting the curve to the right.
- Shorten the tail as much as possible and bring the lowest achievers close to the mean.
Starting School Improvement
Keep Getting Better, studied 20 education systems at different levels of improvement.
this, they became great and some even excellent. This shows that even the most challenging school
systems and subsystems can improve from any point on the poor and excellent continuum.
according to their student outcomes. They then put the right interventions in place to achieve
the desired improvement in student outcomes for each stage of their improvement journey.
- These systems implemented a set of common practices, regardless of their different historical, economic and cultural contexts. The two most crucial success practices focused on effective teaching that employs explicit instruction and the development of teacher instructional skills.
- Before studying McKinsey’s work, GGSA had gotten the same results with the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy schools. GGSA partnered with McKinsey on a model that combined these learnings to develop a school improvement system for Australian schools.
- While school systems have invested in setting improvement frameworks with their schools, they have not led to systematic improvement. That is because they are too generic and do not respond to the school’s starting point on their improvement journey, or the instructional needs of the students, nor the professional learning needs of the teaching teams.
- An improvement approach needs to be more targeted to where a school sits on the performance scale. Australia’s education system can achieve a tectonic lift in performance by targeting the problem areas and focusing on what works best. The three distinct school clusters need three distinct approaches:
Implement a customised proven Poor and Fair school improvement framework across struggling schools. Set a 5–10-year turnaround plan for each school that is in line with a goal plan.
Schools in the Middle
Adopt proven instructional practices that accelerate all students but ensure that the bottom 20 per cent are getting their foundations in place.
Free up Great Schools
to Become Excellent
Remove impediments and offer more autonomy to consistently great schools so they can continue to do what they do best.
Improving Australian Schools
to national advancement.
intentions, school improvement is hard to drive and difficult to achieve.
specifically for Australian schools that supports them to implement evidence-based
improvements that guarantee improved teaching quality and sustained student gains.
- embedding good school practices that endure for the long term
- leading instruction across every classroom in the school
- developing a school culture of high expectations for every student and for every teacher to meet these expectations
- embedding standards of behaviours across the school community
- managing the school’s operations but placing their focus on being effective instructional leaders.