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Back to basics in NSW school curriculum

A curriculum overhaul across NSW schools will revert back to the basics such as English, maths and science, the government says. It’s the first review of the state’s school curriculum in 29 years, with NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes saying ...

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School chaplains program made ‘permanent’

The national schools chaplaincy program has had its funding renewed on a “permanent basis”. The federal budget included nearly $250 million over four years to cement the at-times controversial pastoral care program in Australian schools. “We are extending the national ...

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Budget 2018: Government walks the Gonski talk

As expected, the 2018 Budget has delivered cash for the latest education reforms, the most notable of which is Gonski 2.0. The plan will see schools receive an additional $24.5 billion over the next 10 years, on a needs basis. While Gonski ...

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Gonski report branded ‘quite radical in parts’

Gonski has once again hit the headlines. This time, however, a school funding aggregate focus has been sidelined to debate how the money should be spent. This is due to the release of the businessman and education advocate’s government commissioned report on ...

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Sector reacts to Chief Scientist’s ATAR critique

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, has an ATAR-related grievance. “Students select their courses with an eye to a number: the ATAR to enter a particular course,” he wrote in his introduction to the STEM Industry-Schools Partnerships report. “Rightly or wrongly, ...

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Parents defy expert backlash with pro-NAPLAN statement

While certain experts think NAPLAN bizarre, parents and teachers, plausibly with more skin in the testing game, vociferously support it. Officeholders from the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO), the Australian Parents Council (APC), and the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of ...

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