It's Time to Reflect: What is the cost of the South Australian Education Department's pursuit of becoming a "World Class" Education System by 2028?

Andrew Bills, Nigel Howard

Research output: Book/ReportBook

1265 Downloads (Pure)


This second Industry paper considers what Pasi Sahlberg (2012) has called the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) which has changed the nature of the educational landscape across Australia to the cost of young people and the community at large. The fundamental aspects of GERM are Competition, Standardisation, School Choice and Test-Based Accountability which run parallel to what has been described as a diminishing of the public purposes of schooling (Reid, 2019). To date, our politicians, educational bureaucrats and policy makers rarely question how GERM policy and practice is impacting our schools, our teachers and our students. Rather, they are turning the GERM screws tighter to better serve the needs of a systems obsession with numerical measurement. With the GERM in play, this report seeks to answer two fundamental SA Public Education questions:
Two Key Questions
How did we catch the GERM?
[considering the antecedents to the Education Department’s pursuit of becoming a World Class Education System by 2028].
Discussed in Section 1.
What can the Education Department, Principals and teachers do differently to enable better schooling outcomes for all young people?
Discussed in Section 2.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide, SA
PublisherFlinders University
Commissioning bodyFlinders University
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781925562705
ISBN (Print)9781925562712
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
EventCEPSW, CCYP and ACE Youth Policy Forum Series: What are the characteristics of a World Class education system that works for ALL young people? - U City Franklin Street, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 8 Mar 20228 Mar 2022
Conference number: 3

Publication series

NameCEPSW Educational Leadership Industry Report
PublisherFlinders University

Bibliographical note

Andrew Bills and Nigel Howard have been working all of their careers pondering the question: Who’s in, Who’s Out and taking steps in schools and in policy terms to do something about it. They both share a background in special education and inclusive school innovation within public mainstream school settings, struggling to affirm the right of all to access, participation and success in schooling. This report seeks to explain and open these issues as they present across SA public education in current times.


  • policy analysis
  • education systems
  • Educational leadership

NTRO Type of Output

  • Minor


Dive into the research topics of 'It's Time to Reflect: What is the cost of the South Australian Education Department's pursuit of becoming a "World Class" Education System by 2028?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this