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Grattan: Engaging Students – Classrooms that improve Learning

May 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Teaching and Learning

In this Policy Pitch event, Dr Peter Goss, Grattan Institute School Education Program Director, will host a panel of leading educators to explore:

  • What is happening in Australia’s classrooms?
  • How can schools and teachers create better classroom environments for learning?
  • What policy changes would help schools the most?
The report finds that forty per cent of Australia’s school students are regularly unproductive in a given year.  The main problem is not the sort of aggressive or even violent behaviour that attracts media headlines. More common – and more stressful for teachers – are minor disruptions such as students talking back, or students simply switching off and avoiding work.


  • Linda Graham ( @drlindagraham ) is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
  • Irene Iliadis – Principal, Hume Central Secondary College – has over 30 years of experience in education and over 20 years in leadership roles within secondary and regional contexts
  • Jerome Holleman is an English/EAL and Humanities teacher at Keysborough College in South Springvale. He is in his fifth year of teaching and is currently the Year 9 Coordinator and an acting Leading Teacher.
  • Pete Goss ( @peter_goss) is the School Education Program Director at Grattan Institute. Dr Pete Goss joined Grattan in 2014, and has focused on how education systems and data can help schools and teachers adapt and improve their practice.


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