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Piccoli needed to go, expert says

An education academic has argued that Adrian Piccoli “needed to go” from the NSW education portfolio, following newly minted premier Gladys Berejiklian’s cabinet reshuffle. Piccoli, a NSW Nationals MP, was replaced with Rob Stokes, who previously sat in the planning ...

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Kids a priority for lobby against alcohol abuse

“Nothing good happens after midnight.” Michael Thorn, chief executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), drops this aphorism in a conversation about lockout laws. The erosion of lockout laws, and how it affects the wellbeing of children, ...

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Debate ramps up over phonics instruction

A dispute between experts has emerged on whether Australian schools should adopt the same Year 1 phonics check currently being conducted in the UK. Phonics refers to the relationship between sounds people hear in spoken language and words seen in ...

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Boosting poor PISA results starts in preschool: ACER

The Program for International Student Assessment  (PISA) is a standardised literacy, numeracy and science test of 15-year-olds across 72 countries, conducted by the OECD. Yet it doesn’t measure rote learning. Rather, it tests whether kids can apply their knowledge to real-life scenarios. For Aussie students, this task has proved difficult. Like ...

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Few schools properly teach advanced maths: AMSI

Less than 7 per cent of schools in Australia are “fully able to give kids the best education in maths” at the advanced level, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute has estimated. AMSI director Geoff Prince made these comments to Education ...

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Birmingham to use TIMSS report to spruik reform

Federal education minister Simon Birmingham plans to use Australia's poor performance in the recent Trends In International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) to spruik the necessity of the government’s reforms to the states and territories. “When I sit down with my state ...

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