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Two Australians in Global Teacher Prize top 40

Two Australians placed in the Top 40 for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize. Hanan Al Hroub, from the Samiha Khalil Secondary School in Palestine, won the $1 million award. Pope Francis announced the results last night on a video broadcast to a ceremony staged ...

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Birmingham puts unis on notice over admissions process

The Australian university system has been put on notice regarding the "opaque" ATAR admissions system. Education Minister Simon Birmingham used his keynote address at the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference to express his dissatisfaction with unmet demand and unclear processes. ...

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2 Islamic schools lose federal funds, 4 on notice

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has placed four schools on notice until April 11 regarding their finances, after cutting funding for two schools in Sydney and Canberra for "inappropriately" using taxpayer money. Birmingham said the schools put on notice – in Brisbane, Melbourne, ...

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Vertical schools marry education, urbanisation

Victoria's first 'vertical school' has passed the design stage. Melbourne-based architecture firm Hayball has released several concept images of its planned primary school at Fishermans Bend, a post-industrial area on the edge of the Melbourne CBD. Vertical, or high-rise, schools use office ...

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Robot helps bring new curriculum to the classroom

"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” – CS Lewis Like plants need water to grow, we believe learning requires inquiry to flourish. We have a 58-centimetre-tall NAO humanoid robot named P!nk at Our ...

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