Edu-fact check
Every now and then we come across a claim about schools that doesn't add up. My School data helps us call it for what it is. See our latest and our categories below.

Independent schools enrolling the poor?
This claim emerged from Geoff Newcombe in the recent RN debate. Of course there are some poor kids in Independent schools but My School shows that your schools enrol the most advantaged in just about every place in which they are located.
Geoff, I'll give you a dollar for every place where this is NOT the case if you give me a dollar in every place where it is! At the moment your claims just look like     

Edu-fact: confirmed by evidence
Edu-fiction: not supported by facts
Edu-fable: not quite the whole story 
Edu-falsehood: basically a lie
Edu-fabrication: a constructed lie       
Edu-fallacy:well-intentioned but wrong
Edu-feasible: could be something in it
Edu-foible: a rather silly statement
Edu-fantasy: a figment of imagination
Edu-fiddle: a half-truth 
Edu-faith: belief rather than evidence
Edu-furphy: a bit of a rumour
Edu-fluff: statement that adds little
Edu-fallshort: doesn't go far enough
Edu-fib: let's call it what it is!
Edu-futility: You must be kidding!
Edu-fishing trip: Looking for a bite
Edu-fraud: self-explanatory
Edu-fudge: an overstatement
Edu-flunk: a failure to substantiate

Please email Chris if you want to challenge any findings. One resource we use is School Daze, which also includes many of the graphs we'll show on this site. 

School Daze sections:
A school is a school - or is it?
Mind the gap - it's getting wider
Mind the gap - it's getting deeper
Australia's school equity problem
Our equity problem - over time & place
Student achievement is drifting
Myth busting - school results
Those distinguished HSC achievers
The money-ro-round
More myths - private schools save $
And more - money doesn't lift results
The illusion of school choice
Where did the school community go?
MARCH 2018

Edu-comment:  Those in favour of selective schools (e.g. in the SMH Jan 15), offer some token ideas, but still don't address their impact on those unselected. Such arguments date from when there were half a dozen selective schools. There are now close to 50, forming almost 10% of secondary schools. We don't have selective schools, we have a two-tiered public education system. Time to reframe the debate!

Want to see Edu-Latest going back to 2008? Click here
With help from Chris Ho and Garry Richards I've taken a close look at this. 
The columns show the percentage of Indigenous students in different ICSEA groups of schools. 
The arrows show their changing share of the most advantaged (red) and disadvantaged (black) students.
The lowest ICSEA government schools have large Indigenous enrolments AND an increasing share of the most disadvantaged. Higher ICSEA schools also enrol Indigenous students BUT their share of the disadvantaged in general is falling. 
The enrolment of Indigenous students is resembling the way we slice and dice all students: the advantaged are going to higher ICSEA schools...the strugglers increasingly in a class of their own...strugglers. This doesn't close any gaps!  Something to remember next time a sector boasts about their enrolment of Indigenous kids. Their little blow for "equity" is just another part of the problem!  
About us
This site monitors media comment and research on the educational issues that matter. To contribute your sources and links email Chris:  bonnorc@gmail.com


We'll include links from time to time. Do keep in touch with Save Our Schools. Trevor Cobbold's research is compelling and his site has excellent links to other sites.

Other sites keep track of new articles, reports and research on schools. These include the TJ Ryan Foundation, The Conversation and Australian Policy Online

Here are the widely reported stories about Australia's schools, from my previous work with Bernie Shepherd and now with Chris Ho and Garry Richards.

OUR LATEST is A creeping Indigenous separation  published February 2018

The Vanishing Private School, published end of January 2017 and reported in The Guardian. 

September 2016: Institutionalised Inequality Published in Inside Story

June 2016: Uneven playing field: the state of Australian schools released by the Centre for Policy Development.

March 2016:
School Daze - what My School really says about our schools.

February 2016:
...and half a story doesn't fit the facts. Our response to One school does not fit all, issued by the Centre for Independent Studies. 

July 16th 2015:
'Private school, public cost' - Findings from My School 2015. First report in the SMH

Equity in Australian schooling - an update. (October 2014) What Gonski found to be bad we have found to be worse. Reports about it here and here. Also in Inside Story. UPDATED My School 6 version now available: Gonski, My School and the Education Market.

The public and private of student achievement (December 2014) Schools with similar students get similar results. Reported in the Sun Herald.

School funding and achievement - following the money trail (February 2015) Similar schools get similar results, so what does it cost? Read the main media report and our oped in the Guardian Australia.

Is the idea of a school community - at least in a geographic sense - a myth? Just a quarter of our schools have an enrolment that reflects their locality.