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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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Academics and government spar over sugar tax

It sure is a sticky issue: in the wake of two recent reports advocating for the imposition of a sugar tax, Liberal frontbenchers have reaffirmed their opposition to the proposed levy. At a doorstop interview in Tasmania on Tuesday 21 ...

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No Jab, No Pay unproductive: paper

“We’re extremely strong advocates for vaccination … and we both recognise that vaccine rejection is an ongoing problem in Australia … and there’s actually very limited evidence on the best way to address vaccine rejection.” Dr Margie Danchin of the ...

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Expert sounds off over phonics test

Whether kids, parents or teachers like it or not, phonics tests will be introduced for year one students. Nationwide. Education minster Simon Birmingham considers them essential to detect reading difficulties early on. In an interview with Sky News in late ...

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