The Centre for New Public Education advocates for a fairer and future focused education system where all young Australians have a role in shaping their education. We do this through alliances, campaigns, events and advocacy working in partnership with students, teachers and parents and other for purpose organisations.
Students Shaping Their Education
Students should be at the centre of any education system. In the status quo students are at the bottom of the status list – the passive recipients or objects of waves of education reform. Yet research has shown us that students have a significant role in improving teaching and learning outcomes. We want to shift from doing things to students to working with them as partners in reform. We believe students should be shaping their education at a classroom, school, and system level. This is where CNPE started and first program Student Shout Out was born.
Fairer Education System
All young people in Australia should have access to a great public education with world class outcomes. Yet we know that where you live is an indicator of how well you will perform at school. There are gaps of more than 2.5 years in schooling between students from regional and remote Australia and their urban peers. There are similar gaps between students from disadvantaged communities and their well off peers. A cornerstone of a fairer education system is an equitable and transparent school funding system. CNPE has advocated for the adoption of sector neutral needs based funding and the recommendations of the Review of Funding for Schooling (Gonski Review) by helping convene 15 other non-government organisations to form the NGO Leaders for Educational Opportunity (NLEO) Alliance and then joining with community leaders, members of the Gonski panel, school associations, principals, teachers and parents to form the Need to Succeed Alliance. Through convening and supporting broad alliances CNPE seeks to create an education system where all young people get a chance to thrive.
Future focused education system
It is not enough to educate young people for now, we need an education system that prepares young people for now and the future. The world or work is changing and it requires a focus on skills that enhance communication, problem-solving, digital literacy, creative thinking and entrepreneurship.
CNPE is working to convene key stakeholders and influencers to align, coordinate and campaign for skills that will ready young Australians for the future. A focus on NAPLAN means that much of the education debate focuses on literacy and numeracy outcomes only. We need to measure what we value in education — literacy, numeracy and future focused skills. As part of a desire to catalyse future focused solutions.
CNPE has recently worked with MyEd to bring together tech entrepreneurs, business, teachers and students at an Eduhack event to help fuel innovation in education today.