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VU’s Dawkins challenges ATAR’s relevance

A vice-chancellor has downplayed the relevance of the ATAR as a measure of potential student success – especially when it comes to teaching degrees. Professor Peter Dawkins, of Victoria University, argued that ATARs are often meaningless when measuring a student’s potential in university. ...

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Literacy, numeracy getting businesses down

Poor literacy and numeracy skills are plaguing Australian employers to the point where it is affecting businesses, a report has revealed. International research has found nearly half of Australians, 44 per cent, have literacy skills below a level considered to ...

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Maths contractor touts for-profit model

For-profit is the best model for educational enterprises to thrive, survive and teach – the co-founder of Maths Pathway has said. Maths Pathway, established by former teachers Richard Wilson and Justin Matthys, contracts with schools to develop mathematics learning models. It has delivered models ...

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Experts debate Gonski’s remaining impact

Australia must address growing inequity across the school system in 2016, experts agree. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development shows Australia’s schools are becoming socially stratified. OECD figures in the Going for Growth 2015 report show a direct correlation ...

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Financial barriers stand between refugees, education

Refugees on temporary visas and about 29,000 asylum seekers may miss out on education because they are ineligible for government aid to help meet the substantial financial costs. To go to university, refugees on Temporary Protection Visas and asylum seekers must pay full ...

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