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Schools drop writing focus too early: researchers

Schools are dropping the focus on writing too soon, say academics. Writing for The Conversation, Australian Catholic University Professor of Educational Assessment and Literacy Claire Wyatt-Smith and senior research officer Christine Jennifer Jackson surveyed more than 4,000 primary and secondary school ...

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Murdered French teacher a quiet hero: Macron

President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to a French history teacher beheaded by an Islamist radical as a "quiet hero" dedicated to instilling the democratic values of the French Republic in his pupils. Samuel Paty's teenage attacker had wanted to ...

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Class of 2020 starting COVID-safe HSC

About 70,000 students from the NSW HSC class of 2020 are starting their written exams, with COVID-safe protocols in place. Safeguards including temperature tests and spaced seating have been introduced to protect students who sit their first English test on ...

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Study maps hottest parts of the school

Australian researchers have mapped the hottest and coolest parts of outdoor school zones and found some reached up to 70 degrees Celsius. During summer last year, researchers collected more than 100,000 heat data points within a public school in western ...

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Huge interest in Victoria tutor program

The Victorian government has been inundated with expressions of interest to help schoolchildren who have fallen behind during the state's COVID-19 lockdowns. A $250 million package was unveiled on Tuesday to recruit 4100 tutors in a bid to give 200,000 ...

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NSW school suspensions change criticised

The teachers' union, principals and parents say changes to the suspension and expulsion policy in NSW public schools were developed without proper consultation. The Department of Education has proposed that pupils not be suspended for more than 10 days and ...

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Qld Greens push for free school meals

The Queensland Greens have unveiled a plan to fund free school meals across the state with money raised from proposed increases to mining royalties. Greens MP Michael Berkman said all primary schools and secondary schools will provide free breakfasts and ...

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Budget 2020-21: the sector reacts

Public schools have been dubbed one of the losers in the government’s 2020-21 Budget. Private schools will have their funding grow by 25.6 per cent over the next three years, to $16.1 billion by 2023/24. But public schools will only ...

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