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Could a new language strategy help close the gap?

In 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students constituted approximately six per cent of all Australian school enrollments. Yet, it is well-known that they tend to struggle in this context compared with their non-indigenous peers: their 10 point lower school ...

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Ivory powers: the piano’s hidden benefits

Although music is a universal cultural characteristic, according to national peak body Music Australia just 23 per cent of government schools provide students with an effective music education. By contrast, 88 per cent of independent schools do so. This is additionally concerning as it ...

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How one 14-year-old went from victim to anti-bullying campaigner

Two years ago, people posted humiliating comments on Monique Mastrobattista’s social media posts. Now, she receives adulation. “You go girl ⭐️,” willbasill wrote on an Instagram snap of her posing with some X Factor contestants. “Such a inspiring young lady 💕,” galinanurmi remarked. Mastrobattista’s story ...

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Why migrant kids often excel academically

In 2017, James Ruse Agricultural High became the top-performing NSW school for the 22nd consecutive year. In that same year, 97 per cent of its students were from a language background other than English (LBOTE). Though this correlation doesn’t prove causation, it ...

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New research reignites class streaming debate

The lower-attaining the student, the worse the effect streaming has on them, new research has found. Published in the Cambridge Journal of Education, a study found that streaming creates a ‘culture of dependency’ in ‘lower’ classes, which inhibits students’ learning. Using data ...

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New technology transforms learning

Students at Coomera Anglican College are visiting Egypt in the morning, Antarctica at lunch, and Mars in the afternoon, thanks to the opening of its newest facility, The Pod, this week. The futuristic facility was designed to “take learning out of ...

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