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New medical guidelines for transgender kids

They may constitute only approximately 1.2 per cent of the population, but until recently, transgender individuals have been excluded from society. In a 2015 speech, former Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson said that of LGBTQI people, “the lingering and most extensive discrimination ...

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The latest research on bouncing back

American developmental psychologist Emmy Werner was one of the first people to ever use the term ‘resilience’.  It came out of her landmark study of children from Kauai, Hawaii, from their birth in 1955 to their late teens, in the 1970s. At the ...

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Warning for ‘wide-awake’ teen drunks

Teenagers need to be aware of the dangers of mixing caffeine-loaded drinks with alcohol – turning them into ‘wide-awake drunks’ – with potentially deadly effects. The warning comes after the tragic death of a happy, healthy Sydney teenager who was ...

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Teen career uncertainty mostly negative

Much has been made of the inadequacy of careers advice in schools. Regardless, some young people simply know what they want to do for a living earlier than others. Erin, from Bondi in Sydney’s east, knew she wanted to be a ...

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How a 250-year-old company is modifying Google

An encyclopaedia is remaining relevant by augmenting its competitors. Encyclopedia Britannica, which was established in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1768, has created a Google Chrome browser extension that cuts through search engine ‘noise’. Britannica Insights works by delivering encyclopaedic information alongside, say, Google ...

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$6 billion for NSW schools

NSW state schools will receive a $6 billion windfall in the upcoming state budget, with new schools, classrooms and upgrades planned over the next four years. The funding boost aims to cater for the state’s increasing student population, set to ...

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Overheard at EduTECH 2018

On individualised learning How can we cater for individual difference [between students]? It has been the problem for forever. The government is now saying this is an economic problem. I’m really excited by that. – Daniel Wolf-Clark, chief executive, myEdOnline (part ...

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Birmo’s message for EduTECH 2018

Fittingly, at the largest education event in the southern hemisphere, the foremost antipodean education official spoke. Simon Birmingham used his address to the vast EduTECH crowd to celebrate the education reforms of the past year. Yet while the Education Minister mainly rhapsodised ...

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Childcare faces red tape criticism

Childcare groups believe centres and parents will face more red tape, not less, when changes to childcare subsidies begin next month. From July 2 the federal government will consolidate childcare payments into a single-test subsidy. But submissions from organisations to a ...

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