Australian trends in curriculum and development often follow the British experience. The British government's decision to restrict study visas for international students, while also increasing fees and entertaining Brexit, has through the higher education sector into turmoil in ways which would prove informative for the Australian HE sector. The same can be said for the K-12 sector, particularly in the area of educational technology (which knows no borders). A conference held in London in 2017 produced some interesting reflections from Ian Koxvold, Education Strategy team leader at PwC and Ed Tranham, editor and publisher of The Assignment Report. Koxvold noted that what was 'hot' in approaches to PWC at the moment are services which:
John Lloyd, the chief marketing officer at impact investors ClearlySo, which focuses on positive social returns. He noted that there was almost no impact from Brexit on UK operations, though they expected some impact (e.g. among knowledge worker HR supply). Emerge Education was another contributor, noting their investment in works all around the world.
The questions for the Australian school planter are: 1. where are the Australian equivalents? 2. if there are no equivalents, is there space for involvement from international investors; 3. how will a Brexit arrangement, and a bilateral trade agreement with Britain, assist in the goals of Christian school planting around the world?
On 21 October, Alphacrucis College and the King's Christian College hosted by invitation a group of leading educators, planners, architects, pastors and system executives to consider the challenges and potential of planing new Christian Schools. The aim of the day was to share experiences of different models and approaches towards the planting on new schools, whether by expansion, establishing on Greenfield sites, acquisition, campus division and rhizoming, or rescuing failing schools. Presentations and case studies from some of the leading practitioners in the field were enjoyed by the select group of leaders. While thankful for the remarkable growth of the sector, the NSP Group reaffirmed the need to do more to re-ignite the missional momentum which was in the early school establishments of the 1970s and 1980s. A further seminar, expanding the group to prospective and aspirational school planters, and a national Summit will be held in 2020.