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In The Classroom

Getting out and about

Year 9 can be a tough time. Teenage hormones have kicked in, interest in school can diminish with a growing social life and academic achievement suffers. To help Year 9 students stay focused, Toorak College, an independent school on the ...

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Worsening VET results prompt call for equity rethink

Vocational education and training (VET) outcomes deteriorated significantly through the middle half of this decade, throwing doubt on the sector’s capacity to help meet higher education equity and completion targets. Dr Leesa Wheelahan, senior lecturer in adult and vocational education ...

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Stepping up

Deadlines are a necessary evil: without them work doesn’t get done, assignments aren’t finished – and nobody would know which train to catch. Of course, there’s only so much that can be physically achieved within a certain time frame, which ...

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New designs for learning

Australia’s education facilities are experiencing rapid change and reform in their technology, learning structures and learning environments. This poses a new set of challenges for senior management and teachers alike. After almost 200 years of teacher-centric model of learning, a ...

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Green from the ground up

As a community, Australians are enthusiastically embracing more environmentally friendly lifestyles. Our sustainable approach is certainly reflected throughout the school curriculum and, increasingly, in the construction of the buildings in which students are educated. So what’s involved in building a ...

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The sky’s the limit

Ten or 15 years ago, a visit to Canberra to see Parliament House and its surrounding attractions was as far as many schools got with their students in the name of education. These days, an extended trip to Paris to ...

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The power of the play

According to the Australia Council for the Arts, more people attend theatre performances in schools than other performances. It’s understandable given that many schools access travelling theatre companies to utilise drama in addressing sometimes sensitive topics. An energetic script looking ...

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The science of attraction

The closure of a local school is always an emotive issue. But when Macquarie Boys’ Technology High School in Sydney’s Parramatta closes its doors at the end of next year, it will continue its metamorphosis into a new and exciting ...

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Revisiting VET in schools

Attempts to attract school students to some form of vocational learning have been around at least since the late 1970s, when schools often developed, usually through a lone enthusiast on the teaching staff, a range of vocationally flavoured programs. VET ...

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