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Briefings is an Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) publication providing thought leadership for the independent schooling sector.

Each edition of Briefings includes an opinion article from the Executive Director and a research feature from a senior ISQ staff member.

Volume 25, 2021

  • Issue 1 - February Is the continuing increased funding for schooling achieving results? / Leading through long term crisis 

Volume 24, 2020

  • Issue 9 - November/December 2020: The Year of the Teacher / Transformational Leadership in Crisis and Change
  • Issue 8 - October Schools and the 2020 State Election / Leading Inclusive Learning
  • Issue 7 - September The significance of the Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance reforms / The ‘Hero’s Journey’ literary device to analyse principals and boards leadership roles in the context of strategic planning.
  • Issue 6 - August More private investment in education should be encouraged / Optimising the learning environment for better student outcomes
  • Issue 5 - July 2020 Queensland Election / Sustainable improvement means choosing coherence
  • Issue 4 - June Independent schools' significant contribution to the Queensland economy / Research to help schools' strategic planning for extreme events, such as COVID-19
  • Issue 3 - May Reasons for optimism / Monitoring and managing cyberincivility
  • Issue 2 - April The Direct Measure of Income presents another challenge for many independent schools / Good people are great professional development
  • Issue 1 - February The Queensland independent sector is becoming more diverse / Challenges and opportunities of Artificial (AI) Intelligence in schools

Volume 23, 2019

  • Issue 10 - November The urgent need for school infrastructure in the independent sector / Emotional leadership
  • Issue 9 - October Challenges for the independent schools sector / Music lifts learning outcomes - is it time for an integrated approach?
  • Issue 8 - September More funding changes to come / School leadership and IT reform - leading innovation, ideation and people
  • Issue 7 - August Increasing enrolments and diversity in the sector / How well is your school performing and how do you know?
  • Issue 6 - July A new declaration on schooling? / Could design thinking solve the 'wicked problem' of school education?
  • Issue 5 - June The Coalition's plans for schooling / The greater impact of collective teacher efficacy on students and school culture
  • Issue 4 - May Economic conditions and independent schools / Are learning progressions the panacea the Australian schooling sector needs?
  • Issue 3 - April State/Territory Contributions to Public Funding for Schools / Advancing Advancement in Independent Schools
  • Issue 2 - March A Time to Focus on our Regions / Adding Value in Independent Schools: Making a Difference in Reading
  • Issue 1 - January/February Independent schools meeting the needs of parents / Evidence of the benefits of an early childhood education

Volume 22, 2018

  • Issue 10 - November Schools need to address the risks in budgeting for volatility in Gonski 2.0 / Great teachers and great teaching, where to from here?
  • Issue 9 - October  The New Parental Tax Income (PTI) Measure / Could parent power raise Australia's educational performance? 
  • Issue 8 - September Our Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers / Decision-making and educational leadership
  • Issue 7 - August Is sector-blind schools funding achievable? / Has the hype around growth mindset outpaced the evidence?
  • Issue 6 - July Celebrating 50 Years / Can Independent Schools Benefit from Greater Collaboration Between Schools?
  • Issue 5 - June Economic Factors Influencing the Health of the Independent Schools Sector / Accommodating the Learning Limit of Students 
  • Issue 4 - May Key Reviews to Drive Future School Innovation and Improvement / Busting the Neuromyths in Teaching
  • Issue 3 - April Schools Funding: Divisive Media Coverage and Uncertainty / High Gain and High Achieving Schools
  • Issue 2 - March Independent Schools are More Accountable Than Ever / The Fuss About Needs-Based School Funding
  • Issue 1 - January/February Commentary on Schooling on the Wrong Track / Comparative Judgement: An Option for Reducing Marking Loads

Volume 21, 2017

  • Issue 10 - November/December Families From all Income Levels Choose Independent Schools / School Leadership and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
  • Issue 9 - October Addressing School Infrastructure Needs / Using Video for Coaching and Branding
  • Issue 8 - September School Culture, Success and Sustainability / Wellbeing and Educational Leadership
  • Issue 7 - August Non-State Schools Accreditation - A New Act for Queensland / Social Media Integration into School Emergency Managment Planning
  • Issue 6 - July Commonwealth's Role in Schools Continues to Strengthen / It's Time to be Critical about Teaching Critical Thinking
  • Issue 5 - June Continuing the Reform Agenda / The trouble with Professional Learning Communities: Avoiding Roadblocks in Teacher Collaboration
  • Issue 4 - May Schools Funding - Politics vs Policy
  • Issue 3 - April Supporting Students with Disability / Why and How Schools Need to Act on Parental Choice Research  
  • Issue 2 - March National Education Reforms / When Best Laid Plans Go Awry, Change Fatigue: Symptoms and Solutions 
  • Issue 1 - January/February The facts on school fees / Evaluation and Education: Measuring what Matters

Volume 20, 2016 

  • Issue 10 -November/December Reflections on 2016: Challenges and Optimism for 2017 / A review of frameworks for technology integration and their impact on teaching and learning
  • Issue 9 - October Schools Funding Debate: Careful Language Required / Leading Thinking to Manage Change
  • Issue 8 - September It’s a Small World / A review of global policy and educational trends for technology integration in classrooms
  • Issue 7 - August A New Federal Schools Funding Model - Challenges and Opportunites for the Coalition / Evidence and Quality Teaching
  • Issue 6 - July The Prep Half Cohort – Getting Closer to Graduating / Teachers Leading Research in Best Practice Pedagogy
  • Issue 5 - June Hopefully, a Final Word on "Gonski" / Building Leadership Culture in Schools
  • Issue 4 - May The 2016/17 Federal Budget / Online Assessment and its Potential Impact on Student Results
  • Issue 3 - April Taking the Good School Governance Pledge / Leading Innovation and Change
  • Issue 2 - March Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the Queensland Economy / Coaching as an implementation process for school improvement agendas
  • Issue 1 - January/February It's an Election Year / Performance and development for school improvement


Latest News & Events

Vol 25, Issue 1


In this issue, Executive Director David Roberson discusses the impact of increased funding on school results. The Research Feature by Director (Education Services) Josephine Wise and Senior Advisor (Teaching & Learning) Michael Gilliver considers the adaptive qualities of influential leaders during a long-term crisis. 

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