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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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TFA program responds to criticism

A recent evaluation report into the Teach for Australian (TFA) program has been met with criticism by lobby group Save Our Schools (SOS). SOS said in an education policy brief that the teacher training pathway was failing in its mission ...

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In schools, the write kind of wrong flourishes

Australia is “dropping the ball” in teaching writing skills to primary students, a literacy expert has claimed. Dr Noella Mackenzie from CSU’s school of education said keyboarding skills, too, have been neglected by the education system, leaving children academically disadvantaged. ...

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‘Memory Mates’ assist school kids

Have you forgotten a few digits in the process of trying to remember a new area code and mobile number? If so, the good news is that you’re normal. That’s because the part of the brain that does this job ...

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Do antidepressants work for children and teens?

In short, the answer to the above question is ‘yes’, but they’re no better than psychotherapy. This finding – published in JAMA Psychiatry – isn’t new in relation to specific drugs and disorders. Yet it’s the first one concerning the effect ...

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Online NAPLAN trial irks stakeholders

Professor Catherine Beavis is all for digital learning, but not testing. Well, not quite yet. With trials of online NAPLAN tests commencing in around 500 NSW schools this week, equity, Beavis said, is the issue. Some students are disadvantaged by ...

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Kids as young as four are fair: study

‘It’s not fair’ is a refrain whined by children the world over. Though a study has found seven-year-olds may comprehend this concept more so than four-year-olds. Two groups of children, one aged four to five, the other aged seven to ...

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It’s crunch time for teachers and data: expert

Referencing neither sit-ups, nor cornflakes, Kristin Fontichiaro advised a group of Victorian librarians to teach students to get crunchy. She was, of course, alluding to data. In Melbourne for a School Library Association of Victoria conference, Fontichiaro, a clinical assistant professor at the University of ...

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