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Our Schools – Our Future

Our Schools – Our Future is a flagship ISQ research-based program designed to lead and provoke informed public policy debate about school education.

Through commissioned and internal research, Our Schools – Our Future explores key issues, along with current and future trends that are influencing, shaping and disrupting the design and delivery of school education in Queensland and Australia. 

The research, which often has a focus on independent schooling provision, seeks to provoke broader discussion across the education sector by examining current and future policy issues and posing questions which challenge the status quo, public policy makers and educators at the coalface of education delivery. 

Research

Independent Schools Infrastructure: Planning to maintain choice - 2019 Update (October 2019) 
Prepared by Dr Deidre Thian. This paper builds on an earlier report released in 2017. While the data period (2016–2036) and the number of schools required has not changed, the costs, areas of growth and student projections have.

What Parents Want - Key Findings (February 2019)
The report is the fourth in a longitudinal study, commencing in 1996. An Independent Schools Queensland survey examining the decision-making process parents undertake when choosing an independent school, including cultural influences, sources of information, and the important factors that guide school choice.

Schools Speaking for Themselves - Telling the Real Story (May 2018) 
The second iteration of Schools Speaking for Themselves, first published in 2010. This issues paper examines how schools can communicate the balance between the media league tables and what schools really do to achieve for their students. 

Income Levels of Families with Students in Queensland Schools (November 2017)
Independent schools offer a diversity of education approaches and serve an equally wide range of students and families, from low and high socioeconomic backgrounds.

Independent Schools Infrastructure: Planning to maintain choice (August 2017) 
Prepared by Dr Deidre Thian. This research report identifies where and when new independent school facilities will be needed to cater for the sector's share of 263,000 extra school-aged children projected to be living in Queensland by 2036. 

Queensland's Education Future: Continuing the Reform Agenda (June 2017) 
There are nine areas put forward in this paper to continue the school education reform agenda. Each area is divided into evidence; examples of what is happening in the independent schooling sector; current priorities; and future focus.

Leading Curriculum Innovation: a discussion paper (November 2016) 
This paper seeks to encourage discussion and reflection on the design and delivery of the P–10 Australian Curriculum in Queensland.

Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the Queensland Economy (March 2016) 
Prepared by AEC Group. This is the first report to quantify the economic contribution independent schools make to Queensland. Key findings are also available.

Taxing Our Future: Implications of Imposing Extra Taxes on School Education (August 2015) 
Prepared by leading economist, Dr Mikayla Novak. This paper evaluates the financial and social impact of increased taxes on independent schooling.

Reform of the Federation: Implications for Independent Schools (April 2015)
Prepared by Federalism expert, Professor Kenneth Wiltshire AO. This paper examines the impact for independent schools should the funding and policy responsibilities be transferred totally to the states.

Financing School Infrastructure - Discussion Paper (April 2015) 
Prepared by Michael E. Drew and Adam N. Walk. This discussion paper introduces potential options for sourcing private capital to support the development of future school infrastructure.

What Parents Want - Key Findings (March 2015)
This report is the third in a longitudinal study, commencing in 1996, which examines the decision-making process parents undertake when choosing an independent school, including cultural influences, sources of information, and the important factors that guide school choice.

 

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