New independent schools think tank launched
A high-level new think tank concerned with the challenges faced by independent schools has been announced.
The Association of Independent Schools of NSW (AISNSW) launched the think tank, AISNSW Institute, to provide advice on strategies to assist independent schools in providing high quality schooling in a rapidly changing social, political, economic, demographic and technological environment.
The most critical aspect of the Institute’s focus will be on the future challenges facing independent schools, to learn from the experience of others and adopt the best practices from education systems around the world.
Former Independent Education Union federal president Dick Shearman has been appointed as a member of the Institute. Our branch secretary Terry Burke said Mr Shearman’s appointment to the Institute would provide its members with key insights into what the future might look like for independent schools.
“The AIS are to be commended for this initiative,” Mr Burke said.
“Independent schools are a crucial part of the provision of quality education to Australian students now and in the future.
“Our union looks forward to a dialogue with this significant group to support the growth and development of independent schools.”
AIS Executive Director Dr Geoff Newcombe said it was critical that education administrators, policy makers and schools continually looked for ways to improve student outcomes to ensure that Australia remained competitive in global terms.
“Australian students enjoy one of the highest standards of schooling in the world however there is always room for improvement and areas that we need to focus on, such as ensuring that our high potential learners achieve their best”, Dr Newcombe said.