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Parents defy expert backlash with pro-NAPLAN statement

While certain experts think NAPLAN bizarre, parents and teachers, plausibly with more skin in the testing game, vociferously support it. Officeholders from the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO), the Australian Parents Council (APC), and the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of ...

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WA kids losing out on education in custody

Ongoing instability at Western Australia’s only juvenile detention centre has affected the proper delivery of education services, a report has found. The Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services report, released on Tuesday, found education was “one of the biggest ...

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Create and your school will succeed: Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 lecture, Do schools kill creativity?, is apparently the most viewed TED Talk of all time. Regardless of that claim’s veracity, it has been viewed 50,727,440 times and counting. Clearly, his words resonate. Now, he hopes to recapture audiences’ ...

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No stop to gender education at Qld school

Queensland’s education department says it won’t move to stop a Brisbane school using a gender education resource which encourages students to think of gender as a spectrum rather than a strictly defined binary. Mitchelton State High School has been using ...

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Government to reconsider rural education

“Most importantly this report highlights there is no silver bullet…,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham declared. By this, he meant there is no magic fix-all to the metropolitan/rural education standards gap, as proven by Emeritus Professor Dr John Halsey’s newly-published report ...

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Vic education dept acts on corruption

Victoria’s education department will overhaul how staff declare conflicts of interest after an investigation into a corrupted tender process. It follows an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission investigation into corruption, the improper diversion of funds and conflicts of interest related to ...

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All-girl Sydney team set to take on world

Australia’s first all-girl robotics team is about to take on the world after scoring a spot to compete on the global stage. The schoolgirls leave for Houston in the United States on Tuesday to compete at an international science and ...

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Road safety boost for Vic schools

A $23.9 million state budget boost will improve road safety around Victorian schools. The funds will be used to extend the school crossing supervisor program, improve pedestrian crossings, and install electronic variable speed limit signs on high risk roads. “School crossings ...

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