Briefings is an Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) publication providing thought leadership for the independent schooling sector.
Each edition includes an opinion article, a research feature or an advocacy piece.
Briefings Vol 26-1
CEO Christopher Mountford discusses current government funding to maintain support a thriving and sustainable independent school sector.
Director (School Improvement & Performance) Mark Newham discusses the importance of replication - the intentional repetition of social research to establish trust, why it matters and what teachers can do to mitigate the impact in their teaching.
Briefings, Vol 25-7
In the Spring Briefings, CEO Christopher Mountford analyses positive trends in enrolment data released in the School Choice: A Research Report 2021 from Independent Schools Australia.
Mark Newham, Director (School Improvement & Performance) and Jenene Rosser, Executive Manager (Curriculum & Assessment) discuss the evolution of the Australian Curriculum and opportunities for the next iteration.
Briefings, Vol 25-6
CEO Christopher Mountford discusses the health and opportunities within the independent schooling sector following the release of the ABS unemployment statistics.
Shari Armistead, Director (Strategic Relations) and Allan Guse, Principal Advisor (Policy & Research) discuss the evolution of the non-state school regulatory environment and potential alternatives at a state and federal level.
Briefings, Vol 25-5
In his last Briefings as Executive Director, David Robertson reflects with pride on the growth of the sector, educational reforms, and changes to school funding over the past 11 years. Josephine Wise, Director (Education Services) and Michael Gilliver, Assistant Director (Teaching & Learning) analyse the role of middle leaders and identify key areas to improve the support senior leaders provide.
Briefings, Vol 25-4
Executive Director David Robertson discusses the importance of longer-term trends and impacts to ensure schools sustainability and affordability into the future.
Director (School Improvement & Performance) Mark Newham and Assistant Director (School Services) Johannes Solymosi analyse five critical authors to understand the strategy behind making accurate predictions and strategic plans.
Briefings, Vol 25-3
Executive Director David Robertson discusses the first major speech on schooling by the newly appointed Federal Minister for Education and Youth, the Hon Alan Tudge MP. Titled “Returning Australia to the top group of education nations”, the speech outlined the Minister’s vision for Australian schooling.
Director (Strategic Relations) Shari Armistead discusses the top 10 trends in 2021 that leaders need to heed, based on McCrindle Research Strategic Insights 2021.
Briefings, Vol 25-2
Executive Director David Robertson discusses the positive impact of the global pandemic in the last twelve months for the independent school sector, highlighting the interstate migration to Queensland.
Director (School Improvement & Performance) Mark Newham and School Services Advisor, Anjulee Singh discuss the impact of the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) in helping to nurture the youngest students.
Briefings, Vol 25-1
Executive Director David Robertson looks at the findings from the latest Report on Government Services 2021 released by the Productivity Commission highlighting the (ongoing) significant increase in Government funding for schooling in Australia.
Director (Education Services) Josephine Wise and Senior Advisor (Education Services) Michael Gilliver discuss the impact of the global pandemic on health, business, the arts, sports, culture, family life and education, and the global upheaval on constructs we thought were slow-moving and possibly absolute.
Issue 7 - Spring Research Affirms Importance of School Choice / Review of the Australian Curriculum
Issue 6 - Winter Seizing the moment to foster sector growth / Does regulation make a difference to non-state schools?
Issue 5 - June A Final Word / Supporting Middle Leaders: Four Key Areas for Consideration
Issue 4 - May Long-term effects of COVID-19 to impact on schools? / Predicting the unpredictable
Issue 3 - April New Minister's Vision for Australian Schooling / Top Trends in 2021 Leaders Need to Heed
Issue 2 - March Against all expectations / Vulnerability, the impact and potential to help nurture your youngest students
Issue 1 - February Is the continuing increased funding for schooling achieving results? / Leading through long term crisis
Issue 9 - November/December 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 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
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
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
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 Management 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
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 Opportunities 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