Leading Education Series

Learning Creates Australia Co-Chair Anthony Mackay AM is Commissioning Editor of the Leading Education Series (Published by Centre for Strategic Education).

The six papers in this series make the case for change to broaden learning recognition and have enabled Learning Creates Australia to situate our work within an international reform agenda. They demonstrate best practices in broadening learning recognition internationally, map pathways forward for systems and articulate rigorous methodologies of measuring and assessing this change across learning systems.


Learning in a floating world of disciplines: Reflections on the MetaPraxis Project (Apr 2022)

The MetaPraxis Project has worked with 12 schools in Adelaide to facilitate the conceptualisation, design and leadership of interdisciplinary learning projects, in which a central focus has been the development of meta-intelligence. This paper begins a story of critical partnership: layers of dynamic, agentive and collaborative learning, between MetaPraxis teams and their schools and communities; between teachers, between teachers and students, and between students.




Learning on purpose - Ten lessons in placing student agency at the heart of schools (Feb 2022)

Charles Leadbeater is an internationally renowned author and advisor on innovation, including to the OECD’s 2030 framework. His latest paper, in partnership with the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia, presents lessons participating schools learned from the three-year Student Agency Lab project in South Australia. The ‘A Lab’ helped schools help one another develop practical approaches to achieving greater agency among students. The schools also explored the role of teachers, as well as the organization and leadership of the whole school.




The World’s Best Performing Education Systems: What Would It Take for Them to Adapt to What Might be a Very Different Future? (Oct 2021)

Marc Tucker, Founder and President Emeritus of NCEE, argues in his latest paper, The World’s Best Performing Education Systems: What Would It Take for Them to Adapt to What Might be a Very Different Future? that education systems all over the world are out of date and unable to provide the kind of education all young people need to succeed in the global economy of tomorrow.





The future of educational leadership: Five signposts (Aug 2021)

The fourth paper in a series on ‘Leading Education’ from the Centre on Strategic Education in Australia, The future of educational leadership: Five signposts, explores and reflects on the nature of the leadership required at this pivotal time in human history. The paper argues that a new form of leadership is urgently needed to reshape our educational systems in a post-Covid environment, taking into account how our schools fit with and relate to the economy, technology innovations, and the broader society. The authors offer and discuss five ‘signposts’ to indicate the direction that leadership should take. Find an introduction to the paper in the video below.





Assessing countries’ competencies - The 4D index: ranking of skills, character and meta-learning (Jun 2021)

The third report in the Leading Education Series is a Discussion Paper. It is intended to advance the imperative for multidimensional assessments of countries’ competencies. The authors fully and openly recognise the methodological challenges – in conceptualisation, in data sources, in construction and in establishing validity. This paper does not claim to have resolved those challenges.





Rethinking Assessment in Education: The Case for Change (Apr 2021)

In this paper, Lucas, Co-founder of Rethinking Assessment, a coalition of education leaders, employers, researchers, and policymakers looking to reform assessment in England, argues that current approaches to assessment use ‘the wrong kinds of nets’, especially if we are wanting to ‘catch’ young people’s strengths. He discusses issues with the content of school curricula; models of a more global curriculum and lifelong learning; the roles of skills and competencies in learning; and related problems with educational assessment. Lucas revisits the purposes of assessment, explores promising practices from around the world and provides examples of both visible progress and emerging new directions in assessment. Find an introduction to the paper in the video below. 





The right drivers for whole system success (Feb 2021)

The first report in the Leading Education Series, written by Michael Fullan, is intended to provide a comprehensive solution to what ails the current public school system and its place in societal development – a system that is failing badly in the face of ever complex fundamental challenges to our survival, let alone our thriving as a species. What follows is a ‘big’ proposal. Once started the ‘four drivers’ feed on each other as a system in motion. Most important, the timing is right