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Studies cast doubt on screen time rules

When five pm hits, Jessica flicks on the TV. She knows Lula, her two-and-a-half-year-old, will pass the witching hour in relative peace watching ABC Kids. Screen time rules proponents may caution her: no more than that per day, until Lulu is ...

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Common image privacy traps for schools

As an educator, you’re responsible for a great deal of information about the students in your care, from contact and demographic details to information about their religious affiliation or sexuality. This can affect everything from a student’s support needs and ...

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Teachers’ HECS debt to be waived: Close the Gap

Despite efforts of successive cabinets, the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous outcomes has yet to be closed. Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes a new plan will at least reduce it educationally. Unveiled today, it entails waiving the HECS debts of 3,100 ...

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How parents decide on a private school

As is the practice in some circles, Jessie has already private high school-shopped for her toddler. Her multi-ethnic three-year-old is advanced for her age, so Jessie knew she wanted to choose a school that embraced both multiculturalism and academic excellence. ...

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The highs and lows of vertical schools

Overcrowding in our major cities has prompted shrill warnings from politicians. Melbourne, which has been designated the fastest growing city in the southern hemisphere, has drawn particular concern. “We have to play catch-up on essential infrastructure,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said ...

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