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Surge in kids turning to child protection services

One in 33 children received child protection services in 2015–16 to shield them from abuse, new statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)  have shown. During this time, 162,000 children accessed child protection services. This represented a ...

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Jargon hurting efforts to get teens back to school

Unclear and indirect jargon could be hurting the chances of getting troubled teens with language disorders back into school, a University of Melbourne speech pathologist has warned. Nathaniel Swain said that language disorders, namely conditions that inhibit the deciphering of ...

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Vaccination-autism myth lingers: poll

With disease-free sandpits now on the national agenda, all parents might have to support child vaccination. But this doesn’t mean many aren’t worried about it. The latest Australian Child Health Poll, Vaccination: Perspectives of Australian parents, bears this out. Conducted by researchers ...

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One in five Year 4 students bullied at least once a week

A fifth of Australian Year 4 students report being bullied at least once a week, and this contributes substantially to Australia’s declining performance in international school league tables. The Australia-specific results for the OECD Trends in International Mathematics and Science ...

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Tutors coach students through NAPLAN: Dinham

A private tutoring industry exists for the purpose of helping individual students to ace NAPLAN, despite the test results being used to monitor schools’ overall academic performance, the University of Melbourne’s professor Stephen Dinham has revealed. Dinham, an education expert ...

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Joyce, Birmingham announce regional education review

The federal government is undertaking a review to form a policy blueprint for helping country students have the same educational opportunities as their city counterparts. Federal education minister Simon Birmingham said that around one-third of country students don’t complete year ...

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