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How schools can deal with death

When Christopher Hall was in primary school, a fellow student from his year failed to show up to class on Monday. The teacher simply said he wouldn’t be coming to class anymore. It turned out that over the weekend this young ...

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Hunger, poverty, bullying impair youth, but they’re dealing

Despite the young adolescent period's significant physical, intellectual and emotional foment, the children-cum-teens in this 8–14-year-old age group receive relatively little attention from policymakers and academics. That is one of the findings from The Australian Child Wellbeing Project (ACWP) report prepared ...

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LGBTIQ issues take centre stage at schools

To celebrate the start of the 2016 school year in Victoria, the Australian Education Union (Vic/Tas) hosted its first forum dedicated to LGBTIQ issues facing students, teachers and other staff in the public system on Saturday, February 6. The forum ...

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‘Mixed’ report card for Closing the Gap

Progress on meeting the stated goals of the Closing the Gap initiative has been mixed, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said today in a speech. The PM praised Indigenous leaders and the other major parties for their collaborative approach to the ...

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