Australia continues to lag behind other countries when it comes to starting school on the right foot. In this edition we report on research that disadvantaged students are falling through the cracks from day one. It is imperative for governments and policy makers to ensure children have the best possible opportunities from their earliest development.

In Kaleidoscope (p5), Naomi Steer of Australia for UNHCR discusses her career as a unionist, diplomat and social justice advocate. Her dedication to representing those without a voice in society is commendable.

After much political debate and the ensuing media circus surrounding the Safe Schools Coalition, we spoke to Victorian non-government school principals about their schools’ membership of the program and why they believe it is important to teach students about gender diversity, safety and respect.

We also investigate the unparalleled rise in teacher workloads, driving those who have spent decades in the profession to leave, while exploring means to deal with work intensification.

We are always interested in story ideas and article suggestions you would like to read about in future editions of IE.

Terry Burke