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Education Reform

The engine room of Australia's future prosperity

Education improvement in Australia

Australians clearly value education and understand its importance to our nation’s economic and social success. However, insights gained from international experiences indicate that we are at risk of continuing to fall behind our peers if we don't become more effective in driving better education outcomes.

Our analysis indicates that the crux of the problem is not the value of the ideas, but rather a gap in the resources and capabilities necessary to carry out the change (operational capability) and the necessary support from government bodies and communities (authorising environment) responsible for approving the change.

In our report, we identify five key steps to implement reform in the Australian school system:

  1. Identify what reforms are required
  2. Take a student-centric approach to reform using standards and building aspiration
  3. Get help from people with expertise in reform, recognising it is a different skill set
  4. Plan to scale up good ideas
  5. Make better use of data and technology to make more informed choices on what reform will have the most impact

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Rt Hon. Lord Jack McConnell & PwC's David Sacks on education improvement

In this webcast, we outline the five steps that are critical to successfully bringing about constructive, concrete reform in Australia’s education system.

PwC's National Education & Skills Leader David Sacks speaks to the Rt Hon. Lord Jack McConnell to get his international perspective on successful education reform having led similar reforms in Scotland.

While education alone cannot – and will not – solve the many problems facing Australia, PwC strongly believes that further strengthening our education system through successful reform is a goal worth pursuing.

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David Sacks

Government and Public Sector Leader, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 3 8603 6151

Kris Isles

Partner, Brisbane, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 7 3257 8100

Mark Thomson

Partner, Integrated Infrastructure, SA Leader, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 (8) 8218 7101

Chris Matthews

Partner, Education & Skills, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 424 305 210

Ben Gilbertson

Partner, Strategy Consulting Leader, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 3 8603 0928

Emma Hardy

Partner, People and Organisation, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 3 8603 5797

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