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They need to love the act of learning

Hard as engagement is to define, it remains the key to cultivating students who will succeed by pursuing knowledge their whole lives. By Margery Evans. Across the developed world, a consensus is emerging. Schools may have delivered in the past, ...

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Warning: watch your priorities

‘Follow the evidence’ to give teachers all they need to prepare Australian students. By Field Rickards. Unfortunately, education and schools didn’t feature much in the debates leading up to the 2013 federal election; they seemed to slip by unnoticed. Yet, ...

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Keeping professional development up to speed

As in many professions, it’s imperative for teachers to expand their professional engagement, practice and knowledge. By Jennifer White Professional learning, or professional development (PD), as described by the New South Wales Institute of Teaching “strengthens your knowledge base and ...

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Take your tablets

There are a variety of tablets for schools to choose from, and while iPads dominate the education tablet market, many schools are opting for alternatives. By Fran Molloy As cloud applications in education become more appealing, many teachers and their ...

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Learning continues for banned students

Distance education and other methods are being employed in Queensland to deal with the rising number of young people excluded from schools. By Aileen Macalintal Despite an increase in the number of students being excluded from Queensland schools the Department ...

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Schools face major cuts

As long as current arrangement in school funding across Australia remains, significant funding opportunities may slip, the Australian Education Union said. AEU federal president Angelo Gavrielatos said the new federal government figures showed schools would lose up to $5.4 billion ...

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Extra funds to jump language hurdle

It is expected that extra funding to support students with English as a second language in the ACT will be pushed through following the decision of the Greens to support Labor to form government. Before the recent election, the ACT ...

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Limits put on anti-homophobic campaign

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has vowed to continue supporting a program that aims to stamp out homophobic bullying in NSW schools, but says he won’t approve teaching material aimed at tackling “heterosexism”. The Proud Schools program, being piloted at ...

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SA schools given social media guidelines

The Education department has issued social media guidelines to protect South Australian students and teachers from online threats. Education minister Grace Portolesi said the guidelines were drawn up to give “clear advice” on how schools should use social media, and ...

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How should teacher pay be linked to performance?

The Victorian Government recently released a Discussion Paper, New Directions for School Leadership and the Teaching Profession, saying that, while there are many highly accomplished teachers in Victoria, there is no systematic approach to identifying and rewarding them. Its proposal ...

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