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Report reveals most in-demand jobs in Australia

Contrary to popular thought, it’s construction, not coding, that’s most in-demand by employers. The 2017 Soft Skills in Demand Report, released yesterday, revealed this surprising fact.  Report issuer, JobGetter, analysed 168,000 job ads across 54 industries before reaching this conclusion. ...

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Why we need the phonics screening test

With a phonics screening test for Year 1 students soon to make its way into Australian schools, Oxford University Press has released a guide to help teachers navigate the changes. Written by Hayley Goldsworthy, the consultant trainer for Ruth Miskin ...

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Mobile phone locker idea for schools

A specialised mobile phone locker aimed at boosting productivity and curbing student phone addiction could heap further pressure on school budgets, Western Australia’s teacher union warns. Bill Brown began working on the 30-door storage locker in January last year because ...

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Teaching children with autism: opinion

“I hear so many times from parents and teachers whose time is taken up with children in the classroom – whether they have a disability or whether they are autistic – that it is taking up the teacher’s time. These ...

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Minding our languages

The benefits to children of learning an Indigenous language are many. The focus of NAIDOC Week this year (2–9 July) was on the importance of language, and on social media the message was spread with the hashtag #ourlanguagematters. Dr Samantha ...

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Kids become better poets in nature

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. The first two lines of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 capture the essence of a new study: poetry and nature. Researchers from Curtin University have found that ...

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Young people lost, disenchanted with careers and advice

Our educational institutions are failing our young people, a survey has determined. Youth career coaching firm TwoPointZero asked 1,000 Australians aged 16 to 24 a range of questions about their career aspirations and realities. They found a gulf between the two. For instance, ...

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Draft national autism guideline published

Cody is just over three-and-a-half years old. He only started using recognisable words about a year ago, and still can’t string them together. Increasingly, he screams and cries when he doesn’t get his way, like when he is offered food ...

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