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One in three principals now experience violence

Australian principals are burnt out and embroiled in conflict, yet somehow still love their jobs. This was revealed in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education’s seventh annual Australian Principals Health and Wellbeing Survey Report, released today. To date, around half of all principals ...

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Schools failing to slim down children: study

A year-long, UK schools-based anti-obesity program has failed to trim children’s waistlines. Published by journal The BMJ, a study found that the program, which involved increased physical activity, a healthy eating plan, and family nutrition workshops, had no real effect on ...

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Teen scientists stun with inventions

A robotic window cleaner, a water filter made from agricultural waste, and a prawn shell-based plastic. These sound like the creations of experienced researchers, but they are in fact the respective brainchildren of Australian highschoolers Oliver Nicholls, Minh Nga Nguyen and Angelina Arora. For ...

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Yes, student curiosity can be cultivated

Curiosity did, in fact, kill the cat, yet it is an invaluable skill; one that can be inculcated from birth. But what exactly is it, and what’s its purpose? Cognitive neuroscientist Matthias Gruber describes curiosity as an energising force that activates ...

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Testing on demand: a new era of assessment

When it comes to education, no topic is more controversial than high stakes testing. We know that quality feedback and assessment is essential – how else can we know if students understand what they’re being taught? But how and when ...

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Later, ATAR? Exploring a rising qualification competitor

Today’s school students likely don’t have any living relatives who survived World War Two. If they’re undertaking the International Baccalaureate (IB), however, they may do well to know its postwar origins. In 1948, Marie-Thérèse Maurette, a French educator, was stationed in ...

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Expert skewers ‘suspect’ school costs report

A Monash University expert has refuted research that suggests school costs have dramatically risen. Dr David Zyngier, a senior education lecturer, says the numbers in the Planning for Education Index 2018 by education scholarship plan provider Australian Scholarship Group (ASG), “may or may not ...

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