LHC Senior Deputy Principal – Head of School and Head of Senior School, Mr Terry Niebling and I recently attended a breakfast meeting sponsored by Global consultancy firm PwC to launch the new report, Education will be the engine room of Australia’s Future Prosperity.
PwC noted that ‘the article is focused on what might be required to drive further reform across Australia's school education systems and sectors and is based upon some recent research we have conducted and a series of global case studies ranging from Scotland, the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Canada and some districts in the USA.’
The main thrust of the paper is that reforms succeed or otherwise due to the authorising environment and capability of governments to lead reform more than the inherent merit and value of the ideas that are being pursued. Our view is that industry, government, schools and communities need to do much more to build agreement on the rationale for reform. More collaboration is also required to determine which reforms should be pursued and to pursue these reforms through making better use of data, analytics & the 'right' capabilities to deliver’.
The discussion on the report was led by Sir Jack McConnell, a Labour Peer in the House of Lords in the UK and a former-first minister of Scotland. Sir Jack has led, influenced and driven significant reform of education systems at a national and global level via the OECD and UN. We found the discussion, as well as the report itself, to be thought provoking, engaging and in line with our own research and thought leadership capability building processes as we at LHC, and the wider education community grapple with ‘what might be required for successful reform in Australia's school education systems’.
Principal - Lourdes Hill College
The main thrust of the paper is that reforms succeed or otherwise due to the authorising environment and capability of governments to lead reform more than the inherent merit and value of the ideas that are being pursued.