Australia is experiencing a significant shortfall of engineers.

Response to skills shortages needs to be placed on a war footing

All sides of politics need to be on the same page when it comes to tackling Australia’s severe skills shortage.

  • byMegan Lilly


Sarah Mitchell has accused the federation of running a protection racket

Teachers’ federation is an obstructionist protection racket,says Mitchell

The NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has accused the teachers’ union of being “hell-bent” on hanging students out to dry for political purposes.

  • byJordan Baker
Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese with Sparrow King during a visit to W. J. SANDERS in Marrickville,Sydney on October 12,2021

Higher education sector needs deep reform

Labor’s promise of extra funding for university and TAFE courses is a good proposal but broader reform of the higher education system is needed.

  • The Herald's View
The strike action at Burwood bus depot on Monday morning.

Major disruptions to inner west buses ahead of train driver,teacher strikes

Buses in Sydney’s south-west and 75 per cent of trains across the network are expected to be impacted by strike action on Tuesday,while teachers will rally outside NSW Parliament.

  • bySarah McPhee andDaniella White
St Peters Lutheran College at Indooroopilly.

Top Brisbane school owes coaches,coordinators almost $2.5 million

A non-government school with two campuses in south-east Queensland underpaid staff for more than eight years.

  • bySean Parnell
Cranbrook,in Bellevue Hill,was founded in 1918.

Cranbrook takes another step towards opening school to girls

The eastern suburbs boys’ school has taken another step towards becoming co-educational in years 11 and 12.

  • byJordan Baker
We need to make our country a better place to be a child.

We need to make Australia a better place to be a child,and raise one

Australian families spend more as a share of their income on early childhood services than almost anyone else in the world,but we are ranked sixth-last in developed countries for how well we support our children.

  • byLeslie Loble andTravers McLeod
Striking teachers rally in Sydney in 1988. Today’s teachers would need a 15 per cent pay rise to restore them to their wage status three decades ago alongside comparable professions.

Consider these three facts about the teachers’ strike

The teachers’ claims are of relevance to all of us.

  • byJohn Buchanan
Striking teachers rally in Sydney in 1988. Today’s teachers would need a 15 per cent pay rise to restore them to their wage status three decades ago alongside comparable professions.

Parents split over support for upcoming teacher strike

Some parents and associations say it’s time for teachers to receive better pay and conditions for their efforts,but others do not want any further disruption to students.

  • byJordan Baker andNatassia Chrysanthos
Victoria has made it illegal for schools to discriminate in the hiring of staff on the basis of gender.

I have a masters in theological studies,but some religious schools might rule me out of a job

There are so many problems with religious schools hiring and firing based on a statement of values.

  • byDaisy Turnbull
Angelo Garvrielatos.

Latest battle for teachers’ pay has roots in decades-old conflict

As the NSW teachers’ strike looms next week,the union is using the same tactics that brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets of Sydney in the 1980s.

  • byJordan Baker
Year 12 School students from Sydney Secondary College at Blackwattle Bay Campus complete the last HSC exam for the year.

Schoolies,then sleep:students look ahead as tumultuous year ends

Despite years imagining finishing the HSC,Year 12 student Kim Ponluskanapimol says he could not predict how his final year would end up.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
Epping Boys High School HSC students after the first English exam

After months of HSC uncertainty,no exams were cancelled due to COVID-19

Despite all the worry about the pandemic derailing the 2021 HSC,just 27 students missed exams because they were self-isolating.

  • byJordan Baker
A nearby school bus stop was also a target for vandals.

From the Archives,1986:Wave of vandalism enrages 10-year-olds

35 years ago,angry students from Abbotsford Public began a campaign to end the vandalism inflicted upon their school.

  • byTherese Murray
Many students have received early-entry university offers based on their Year 11 performance.

Sydney University pursues hybrid model of online and in-person classes

The institution will try to reinvigorate campus life while still catering to students stuck overseas due to travel bans.

  • byJordan Baker
Nepali student Aashish Thakur,25,had booked his flight to Australia for December 4. He and his friends are heartbroken at yet another delay to their future plans.

Bags packed and ticket in hand,Aashish woke with a sense of dread

Nepali student Aashish Thakur was ready to get on plane to complete his Masters in Information Systems degree in Australia. And then the ‘inevitable’ happened.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos andLisa Visentin
Teachers plan to defy an order to call off next week’s strike

NSW teachers plan to defy order to scrap next week’s strike

The NSW Industrial Relations Commission has ordered teachers to call off their strike but their federation says it will go ahead.

  • byJordan Baker
Catholic schools should be allowed to hire staff that support church values and ethos.

Religious Discrimination Bill will let us all ‘live and let live’

Forcing Catholic schools to employ staff that don’t support the ethos and values of the school or,at worst,seek to undermine them,is akin to asking the Greens to welcome climate deniers among their membership,or the ACTU to open their arms to neo-liberalist stalwarts.

  • byJacinta Collins
Unions are going head-to-head with for-profit childhood education providers.

Union accuses childhood education sector of ripping off taxpayers,staff

The United Workers Union is accusing childhood education giants of ripping off employees and taxpayers by taking huge executive bonuses,paying staff too little and using offshore havens to minimise tax bills.

  • byJennifer Duke
We need to protect the enthusiasm of our teaching workforce.

Parents,we hope we can stretch the friendship for just one more day

I am keenly aware that the teachers’ strike means parents having to keep their children home for yet another day,after so many,many days. But teachers are stressed to the max and they need something to give.

  • byPolly Dunning
UNSW students Kyra Lee,Oliver Pike,and Laura Montague.

Campuses are reopening,but will students want to return?

Departing UNSW vice-chancellor Ian Jacobs says the demise of the lecture will allow universities to use old spaces in different ways to reignite campus life.

  • byJordan Baker
Teachers and principals will strike over an ongoing pay dispute with the state government.

Department vows to fight back as NSW teachers vote unanimously to strike

The NSW Teachers Federation has voted to take a full day of industrial action as a pay dispute with the state government escalates.

  • byCameron Gooley
Grace Tame and Chanel Contos.

‘It’s much more sinister’:The hard truths about sexual assault

Having demanded that we deal with sexual assault differently,Grace Tame and Chanel Contos discuss the power – and pain – of asking uncomfortable questions.

  • byJacqueline Maley
Teachers are set to strike for the first time in almost 10 years

NSW teachers set to strike over pay,conditions and shortages

The NSW Teachers Federation will vote today on a recommendation to direct all members to strike and attend a rally on December 7,their first strike in almost 10 years.

  • byJordan Baker
Sydney University’s vice-chancellor Mark Scott.

‘Line in the sand’:Sydney University academics’ fury over dumped departments

Sixty senior faculty members have opposed a plan to replace arts and social sciences departments with ‘disciplines’.

  • byJordan Baker
Some MPs have warned of the risk of a draft provision that gives religious schools the right to make personal faith a factor when hiring staff.

My ‘sin’,of being gay,got me legally fired

A Christian school fired me because of my belief that a person can be a Christian and be gay. But I’m not aware that the school ever dismissed staff members on account of other “sins”.

  • bySteph Lentz
Parents,principals and academics are worried gifted students will not get the support they need

Fears gifted students will languish without help

Principals,parents and academics warn gifted and talented students won’t get the help they need if an expert advisory group is dismantled.

  • byJordan Baker
All Year 12 students will be able to attend their end-of-year school celebration following a year of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘They deserve to be able to party:’ Unvaccinated teens granted exemption

Unvaccinated teenagers in NSW have been granted an exemption to attend end-of-year celebrations.

  • byLucy Carroll andMary Ward
Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Four universities to get $250m to commercialise new high-tech products

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is giving almost $250 million to four universities to help commercialise innovative technology.

  • byJennifer Duke
The proposed Religious Discrimination Bill will give schools a right to hire teachers in line with their religious beliefs,which must be set out in a publicly available statement.

Religious schools must have written policy to discriminate in hiring under proposed laws

Some say the bill will licence discrimination against gay teachers and students,but religious schools say it provides a clear framework allowing them to hire staff of their own faith.

  • byLisa Visentin
Rest breaks were the most common disability provision in last year’s HSC

The most common disability provisions in the HSC

Rest breaks for students with anxiety,pain or concentration issues were by far the most common disability provision in last year’s HSC.

  • byJordan Baker andNigel Gladstone
Dulwich Hill High School drama students Mika Levy,Gaberiel Walker and Topaz Marlay-Cole were glad to finish another subject but very disappointed their drama course did not go as planned.

HSC students complete drama course without taking to the stage

Dulwich Hill drama teacher Hal Leggett said the cancelled group performance was typically considered the “heart and soul” of the drama course. “It was difficult and disappointing for all of them,” he said.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
The GAT has again been postponed due to lockdowns.

‘A complex problem’:Richest schools claim most HSC disability provisions

The high cost of providing disability provisions,including up to a third of students at wealthy schools,is covered by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

  • byJordan Baker andNigel Gladstone
International students and other vaccinated visa holders can prepare to return to Australia without quarantine.

Sydney,Melbourne to reap benefits from return of international students,skilled workers

The first wave of skilled workers and international students will be allowed into the country when border restrictions on several types of visa holders lift in a week.

  • byLisa Visentin
Anzac Park Public School teacher Julia Correll tutoring a student after last year’s lockdown

Schools in south-west Sydney to get bulk of tutoring money

Anecdotal reports say tutoring has improved student engagement but an official evaluation has not yet been released.

  • byJordan Baker
Honour boards at James Ruse Agricultural High

Do accelerated HSC courses give some students an unfair advantage?

Fully selective schools are offering up to nine accelerated HSC courses - where students can sit part of their HSC in year 10 or 11.

  • byJordan Baker
Holly Lawford-Smith,whose website made her the target of complaints to her employer.
Special Series

Gender,sex and power:the debate dividing universities

Universities are meant to be the domain of free speech,but they are struggling to wrestle with identity politics and the gender-critical feminism debate.

  • byJames Button
The NSW government is facing teacher shortages.

Crisis in education a test for Perrottet government

Teaching salary levels send the wrong signal to young people considering a career in education.

  • byGeoff Gallop
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said senior ministers would meet next week to look at the school closure process.

Close contact changes,streamlining school closures on the agenda

The NSW government will reassess the need for close contacts of COVID-19 cases to isolate when senior ministers meet next week,with Premier Dominic Perrottet signalling the state would reconsider school closures and strict isolation rules for students.

  • bySarah McPhee andLucy Carroll
Professor Barney Glover,vice chancellor Western Sydney University.

Push for more online learning as universities pin hopes on 2024 recovery

NSW universities are hopeful of rebuilding student numbers by 2024 but need a broader base of revenue.

  • byAnna Patty
maths Whiz

How to solve the hardest question in this year’s HSC

It’s the most challenging question in the hardest maths exam,which can stump even the most capable of students. Could you solve it?

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
Rapid antigen tests will reduce disruption to schools

Rapid antigen tests to reduce quarantine for NSW primary students

Parents must administer the tests to students every day during the second week of exposure and log the results on an app.

  • byJordan Baker
Year 3 and 4 students at St Joseph The Worker primary school in Auburn with their instruments

The students had never touched an instrument. Now they’re playing in orchestras

Under Sydney Catholic Schools’ new music program,every year 3 to 8 eight student will learn to play an instrument during school time.

  • byJordan Baker
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge during a doorstop interview at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 22 October 2021. fedpol Photo:Alex Ellinghausen

Religious discrimination bill will protect ‘critical right’ to employ teachers of faith

Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge said the right was under threat by Victoria’s push to prohibit religious schools from sacking staff based on their sexual orientation.

  • byLisa Visentin
About 250 students are isolating at Bondi Public School after exposure to a COVID-19 case

‘Worse’ than lockdown:Hundreds of students at Sydney schools isolating after COVID-19 exposures

In an email to parents on Tuesday night,Bondi Public School said about 250 students have been required to isolate,after confirming the first positive case in a “member of the school community”.

  • byLucy Carroll andJordan Baker
Chanel Contos said it was important to launch a final push for sex education reform before ACARA finalised the national curriculum.

Parents in NSW to be surveyed on opinions about consent education

The NSW Department of Education is gauging what information and resources families want so they can discuss sensitive issues like sex,consent and peer pressure with their children at home.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos
A longer lockdown for unvaccinated people will cause some year 12s to miss their farewell events

Government abandons plan to force academics to disclose overseas political party membership

New foreign interference guidelines will instead give universities the final say on which staff must disclose their connections to foreign governments and their overseas financial links.

  • byLisa Visentin
At more than 100 Sydney schools,at least 50 per cent of teachers are temmporary or casual

The Sydney schools with the most temporary and casual teachers

At some schools,more than two-thirds of the staff are temporary or casual. At others,it’s less than 20 per cent.

  • byJordan Baker andNigel Gladstone
A sample of questions from the 2021 advanced mathematics paper.

Teachers complain of information overload,extra difficulty in maths exam

President of the Mathematical Association of NSW,Karen McDaid,said teachers’ main issue was around the wordiness of some questions.

  • byNatassia Chrysanthos andJordan Baker
Glenn Posford at Winmalee Christian Conference Centre.

Outdoor education and wind instruments banned while sport allowed

The outdoor education industry and music teachers are struggling for financial survival because the NSW Department of Education will not allow public school students to attend overnight camps or play woodwind instruments.

  • byAnna Patty