Many of you will already be aware of the Australian Labor Party proposal to establish an Evidence Institute for Schools. Announced on Friday, the proposed funding will total $280 million over a decade. Tanya Plibersek said the institute “will help improve schools by ensuring teachers and parents have high-quality research at their fingertips”. The Financial Review reported the Institute will be independent of government and “have the ability to commission new research based on the needs of schools, teachers and principals, and would help drive improvements to early education standards and monitoring”.
The model appears similar to a number of international initiatives including the UK Education Endowment Foundation, America’s Institute for Educational Sciences and the Danish Clearing House for Educational Research.
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