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Why PISA is moving towards creativity

Along with a relatively small number of countries such as New Zealand, Singapore and Finland and Scotland, Australia is unusual in that, as well as a focus on knowledge and skills, its national curriculum explicitly requires schools to teach certain ...

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About that suicide-school grades link

It’s the fatal phenomenon with silent symptoms. Now, there’s a clue that might help detect suicidal tendencies. A large, longitudinal Swedish study found that those who performed poorly at school were five times more likely to kill themselves later in life, and ...

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Schools work to improve STEM subjects

The federal government has committed to backing a new initiative by school principals aimed at improving STEM teaching and leadership. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the STEM Leaders project would improve participation and engagement, and lead to better ...

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Teaching wellbeing

Professional learning can help school leaders, teachers, school staff and students strengthen their wellbeing As educators, we are aware of the importance of the social and emotional learning (SEL) we facilitate for the children and young people within our schools ...

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Indigenous students struggling in maths: report

Indigenous students are eight times more likely to fall behind in maths before Year 9 than non-Indigenous students, according to a new report. The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s (AMSI) 2017 Discipline Profile of the Mathematical Sciences revealed a concerning trend ...

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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.  Issued by JobGetter, the report analysed 168,000 job ads across 54 industries before reaching ...

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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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