The impact of class size on education quality is a highly contested issue in Australia. Smaller class sizes tend to be popular with teachers, education unions and parents.
Kelsey Munro is Acting Education Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Former prime minister Julia Gillard has credited her introduction of national standardised testing and the creation of the MySchool website with transforming Australians' perceptions of the quality of private and public schools.
Parent group that ousted scripture from schools in Victoria to fight for ban on NSW Special Religious Education
A parent group that successfully ousted church-run classes from public school class time in Victoria has turned its focus to NSW, but this time they are campaigning to get religion off public school premises altogether.
The sandstone university is giving preference for a new $27,000 vet scholarship to males from regional and rural areas.
Layna Nona had never travelled south of Cairns.
Labor has accused the state government of "appalling failure" in neglecting public schools after a freedom of information request revealed that some have maintenance backlogs that would take up to 40 years to fix.
Public schools' share of students has increased for the second year running nationwide, marking a determined end to a 40 year decline in government school enrolments.
"It's no longer that you get ahead by tutoring, because everyone does it," says former student Calvin Yeung.
Grandmothers have emerged as the unlikely saviours of ethics classes in NSW primary schools, which are proving resilient despite the introduction of politically charged barriers to enrolment last year.
Barnaby Joyce's electorate is among the biggest beneficiaries of additional "Gonski" funding and among the likely biggest losers under the Coalition's school funding plan, a Herald analysis can reveal.