Lecturer gives Gonski thumbs-up on ABC News 24

27 February 2012

The ABC TV's 24-hour news channel invited Education and Social Work lecturer Dr Helen Proctor to provide expert analysis of the Gonski Review of Education Funding for viewers of its panel-discussion program, The Drum.

The Federal Review of Funding for Schooling, conducted by a panel of eminent Australians chaired by David Gonski AC, was released to the public on February 20 and, within hours, Dr Proctor had been approached by the ABC for her opinion.

The review recommended a base dollar amount in funding be made available for every student, with more money provided for students who have disabilities, attend smaller schools or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Government funding for students in non-government schools should, in part, be based on the parents capacity to contribute.

"I think it's a pretty good report. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out," Dr Proctor told the The Drum's panelists. There's a long road ahead of us, for all sorts of reasons, but think it's quite elegant, it emphasises equity and need, and it also emphasises the important objective of what's good for schools ... what's good for all students, regardless of their circumstances."

Dr Proctor said she believed the report's recommendations, if implemented, would go much of the way to redressing the inequality in education outcomes between advantaged and disadvantaged students.