A more equitable school system
Australia faces growing inequity and disadvantage in our schools. Our education system is separating into a hierarchy of advantaged and over-funded schools at the top end, and disadvantaged, under-funded schools at the bottom. Our overall student performance continues to stagnate compared to similar countries. CPD has examined these problems in detail in recent years. In June 2016, CPD released Uneven Playing Field: The State of Australia’s Schools. In June 2017, we released the follow-up, Losing the game: State of our Schools in 2017. Both reports had a major impact on the national debate on how to best improve the system and ensure all our students receive a quality education.
In a Class of Their Own is a series of discussion papers to extend this research, exploring different facets of how Australia’s school system segregates and divides, and concentrates disadvantage. The first paper was A Creeping Indigenous Separation (Feb 2018) which focused on disadvantage related to Indigenous students; the second paper was Institutionalised Separation (July 2018) which looked at inequity within selective schools and their impact on other schools.