Education on the Square: March

Wednesday 7th March 2018

2018 MacKillop Medal Oration

Regional, Rural and Remote education in Australia: dimensions, diversity, directions, decisions and deliverables

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The MacKillop Medal is awarded every year by the South Australian Branch of the Australian College of Educators to an outstanding South Australian Educator who is a member of the College and has made a contribution to Education that has been long lasting and profound.

Emeritus Professor John Halsey was the winner of the 2017 MacKillop Medal.

Guest Speaker

Dr. John Halsey
Emeritus Professor, Flinders University

John commenced his career as a teacher, and was a principal of two schools in South Australia (both reception to year 12, one rural, one metropolitan). He has been the Associate Director of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, an Executive Director in the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services and a Chief of Staff to a State Minister for Education and Children’s Services. He has also worked as an Educational Facilities Project Officer and for the Australian Schools Commission Choice and Diversity in Education initiative. John’s research and teaching interests include rural schools and community sustainability.

In his 2018 MacKillop Medal Oration, John will draw on his experiences and insights from reviewing regional, rural and remote education in Australia during 2017 to present and discuss some of the key challenges associated with raising the achievements and opportunities of students in these locations.

“The achievements of RRR students have in the main lagged behind urban students for decades. This pattern of outcomes is exemplified in the:

  • National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results
  • Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results
  • Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) results
  • successful completion of year 12 or equivalent (at Certificate III or higher) by the age of 19
  • completion of Vocational Education and Training (VET) diplomas

The national statistics show there is a persistent relationship between location and educational outcomes when data for the various measures is aggregated.

This has to change – this can be changed!”

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