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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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School improvement: what does it take to make school systems better?


International benchmarking of school performance continues to attract strong interest at governmental level as well as among Australian education systems. This interest is evident, for example, in the Grattan Institute report Catching up: Learning from the Best School Systems in East Asia, and in the Australian Government's Review of Funding for Schooling, which states that 'funding arrangements should be aimed at achieving an internationally competitive high standard of schooling'. In this issue Curriculum Leadership publishes an article covering an earlier report of continued relevance: How the World's Best-performing School Systems Come Out on Top, from McKinsey and Company. The report identifies reforms undertaken in 20 systems from  a variety of regions, all with improving levels of performance, with the potential to be replicated by school systems elsewhere.

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Knowing about the English language: A Wrinkle in Time

Beryl Exley, Gael Wilson

A year 5 teacher helps her students learn grammar by applying the metalanguage used in the Australian Curriculum: English to passages from a novel – Practically Primary.

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Video games in the classroom

Catherine Beavis

Video or computer games have much to offer in a digital English curriculum – Practically Primary.

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Critical reflections on the benefits of ICT in education

Sonia Livingstone

An expert examines issues surrounding the adoption of ICT in schools, and the potential of technology to enhance students' learning – Oxford Review of Education.

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Importing Web 2.0 practices into the school setting

Charles Crook

Web 2.0 practices clash with important elements of the school context, holding back their potential to advance learning – Oxford Review of Education.

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