A report released this week by the Australian Institute of School and College Education says that while the economic impact of the introduction of a new school day has not been as strong as predicted, the impact on the quality of education for young people is still positive.
Key points:The report says the introduction has not made a significant difference to child outcomesThe report’s authors say the impact of school reform has been mixedKey pointsThe report said the introduction to a new day of school could reduce school drop-outs by about one-thirdThe authors say there is a positive economic impact, and that a change in school time could improve quality of lifeKey points”The introduction of the new school time will have no discernible impact on child outcomes”The authors of the report said that the introduction had not made “significant” difference to children’s outcomes.
The study was conducted by the Institute of Education and Skills (IES), which was established in 2006.
The report is the latest in a series of studies that have come out over the past year looking at the impact the introduction and the subsequent changes in school calendar have had on child development.
In 2016, the ABC’s The Drum interviewed child development expert Dr Richard Pendergast and Dr Paul Jones, both from the University of New South Wales, about the impact that changes in the school calendar could have on young people’s ability to thrive.
“School is the most important time of our lives,” Dr Jones said.
“The biggest thing you can do is have a child go to school and you’ve got that opportunity, that opportunity to give them a chance to be a child that they love.”
We’ve got children at school who aren’t getting the best outcomes from their parents, their schools are struggling.
“Dr Pender, a former principal of a public school, said the report’s findings were “very reassuring”.”
We’re seeing a shift in the research, the research that we were looking at in the last couple of years has shifted,” he said.’
We’re not seeing the impacts’Dr Jones said that while a small number of studies have suggested that school drop outs would be reduced, “we’re not getting the impact”.”
I think there are a number of reasons why it hasn’t really been a big impact,” he told the ABC.”
One of them is that most of these changes haven’t been implemented.
“Another reason is that the impacts are not being measured.”
Dr Jones also said the school year is an important time to start a family, and it was important to “focus on the child first”.
“Children are not getting a good start in life and so they don’t really know how to get into a better life,” he added.
Dr Jones told the study that the report was not definitive, but that it suggested that the school-based day could help improve outcomes for young children.
“It seems that the changes we’re seeing in terms of school day have a lot of positive impacts on children’s school outcomes,” he explained.
“I don’t think that we’re necessarily seeing a huge negative impact on school dropouts, but we’re not necessarily seeing the impact.”
There is definitely a positive impact, but it’s not as big as it could be.
“The authors acknowledge that there is some work to be done to assess the impact before and after the introduction, but said that it was likely that the “big picture” would be that there was a positive change.