State of Education
Between 9 and 13 April 2020, more than 3500 teachers in schools across Australia and New Zealand took part in a survey about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning. The survey captured valuable and current insights from teachers and other educators across all school sectors – primary and secondary, government and independent – about the new realities and unprecedented challenges of enforced distance teaching and learning.
Educator perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning in Australia and New Zealand
Conducted by leading Australian education consultancy Pivot Professional Learning in partnership with online platform Education Perfect, the survey asked educators a series of questions about their experiences with online teaching during the COVID-19 schools shutdown, and sought their views about the impacts on school children and educational outcomes. The survey results provide revealing – and in some ways alarming – insights into the realities of distance education, both for teachers and home-bound students, as communities and governments continue to face difficult choices about education during this unprecedented crisis.
A total of 2373 educators in Australia and 1183 in New Zealand responded to the survey questions on issues related directly to current COVID-era experience and practice, including:
The challenges of meeting student needs in a distance learning context
The use of educational technologies to support distance teaching
Australia’s Technology Ecosystem During COVID-19
The Australian education system saw a great shift in the use of technology due to COVID-19. Educator’s found technology was a key factor in shaping their experiences in shifting to online teaching.
Socioeconomic disparities in Australian schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic
The impact of COVID-19 has affected us all, but the impact on schools in economically disadvantaged areas has been significant in comparison.
We surveyed educators from over 10% of Australian schools on their experience of online teaching and learning due to COVID-19 and have published our findings in an effort to create effective action.
Pivot hosted a webinar on 1st July 2020 that discussed the key findings, providing several recommendations on how we can address this great equity divide. Joined by leaders of change and equity in education from the Australian Secondary Principals Association, Teach For Australia and more. Learn more.
Navigating the Return to Distance Learning
We learnt a lot from the first lock down, join us for a recap on the best practices on distance learning to keep your students, parents and teachers engaged and connected through this period.
Professional Learning Series
Our Professional Learning Series hosted between 28th April – 1st May 2020 had over 1500 registrations and over 800 attendees. Each session showcased industry-leading experts as they provided advice and recommendations on how to best approach the rapid shift to online and distance learning.
In partnership with Education Perfect, we released a 6 part series exploring the evolving nature of education.
Each sessions explores new topics such as student engagement, wellbeing, blended learning, differentiation and effective feedback. Providing a range of resources for you, from bite-sized research with actionable strategies, to interactive conversations with educational leaders.
Socioeconomic disparities in Australian schools
Pivot hosted a webinar on 1st July 2020 that discussed the key findings of our latest research, ‘Socioeconomic disparities in Australian schools during the COVID-19 pandemic’. This webinar provides several recommendations on how we can address this great equity divide. Joined by leaders of change and equity in education from the Australian Secondary Principals Association, Teach For Australia and more.
Our free COVID-19 Resource Hub provides a wealth of resources to aid in your transition of remote and flexible learning.