How do I find the best Australian school?
AnswerFinding out how which Australian school has a good reputation in your area is a little different than in the UK.
With all schools in the UK, the best way to find out about how a school is performing is to view their OFSTED results. OFSTED regularly inspect and regulate services which care for children, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
Now comes the crunch.... in Australia there is currently no OFSTED results for schools.
However do not despair, since 2008 there has been a system set in place known as NAPLAN (National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) in all Australian schools.
Every year in May, all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 take an assessment in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy. These national tests are conducted on the same day for all schools.
NAPLAN test results will then provide information on how students are performing in these areas. The data collected from the NAPLAN test results, gives schools the ability to measure their students’ achievements against National Minimum Standards and how the students are performing compared to other states and territories.
Then in September, the NAPLAN results are reported nationally through a summary report.
The results should be available on the school website that you are considering, or alternatively at www.nap.edu.au
Although this is a good indicator of academic achievement – it still won’t give you a the full insight into the school as a whole – so it’s still best to go and visit the school and ask the locals for any insights into the real deal behind those gates!
Full details about finding a good school in your area and other information can be found in Chapter 8.