Independence Matters blog

Welcome to ISCA’s blog Independence Matters, providing accurate information, news and views with a national focus on school funding and other education issues relating to Independent schools.

Australia’s third Shia Independent school thriving from day one

Playford College in Adelaide is a new Islamic Independent school that opened in February 2017. It has a focus on Shia Muslim Australians but is welcoming to all.

Factors Influencing School Choice

Recent ISCA research shows Australian parents choose Independent schools based on the desire to support a well-rounded school experience for their children. The report, Factors Influencing School Choice, reveals how are a diverse and evolving range of factors are influencing Australian families’ choice of schools.

Supporting the education and development of children and young people with primary language disorder

Glenleighden School in Brisbane is a specialist Independent school supporting children and young people with disability for whom language is their primary disorder. It is the only school of its kind in Australia.

Outdated copyright rules costing our education system dearly

While our schools attempt to equip students with the skills of the future, Australia’s copyright laws are stuck in the past. Designed to address the challenges of photocopying in schools, they bear little relevance to education in the internet age.

Providing quality education to remote NT communities

Indigenous Independent school Nyangatjatjara College in the NT is one of Australia’s most remote schools. Principal Chris Harvey discusses the transition of its Docker River School from government to Independent school.

National Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy Check

The media has recently been running a number of stories and opinions about a proposed literacy and numeracy test for Australian Year 1 students. The following ISCA explainer puts opinion aside to provide an overview of the report, its background, the panel, and its recommendations.

A common myth about the new school funding package

Myth: The Gonski 2.0 school funding package gives big funding increases to Independent schools while funding for government schools goes backwards.

Fact: Under the new arrangements, funding growth for government schools, on average, will be 24 per cent faster than for Independent schools.

What is Gonski 2.0?

Gonski 2.0 has been widely used in the media as a term for the Australian Government’s school funding legislative changes passed on 23 June 2017. But it is not an official term, so what exactly is it referring to?