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‘Downward spiral’ in STEM can be stopped: ACER

STEM has been an educational buzzword for so long, some have begun to question its validity. Nonetheless, the STEM crisis persists. Last week, an Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) report, Challenges in STEM Learning in Australian Schools, posed three possible solutions ...

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Budget 2018: Government walks the Gonski talk

As expected, the 2018 Budget has delivered cash for the latest education reforms, the most notable of which is Gonski 2.0. The plan will see schools receive an additional $24.5 billion over the next 10 years, on a needs basis. While Gonski ...

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Gonski report branded ‘quite radical in parts’

Gonski has once again hit the headlines. This time, however, a school funding aggregate focus has been sidelined to debate how the money should be spent. This is due to the release of the businessman and education advocate’s government commissioned report on ...

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Sector reacts to Chief Scientist’s ATAR critique

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, has an ATAR-related grievance. “Students select their courses with an eye to a number: the ATAR to enter a particular course,” he wrote in his introduction to the STEM Industry-Schools Partnerships report. “Rightly or wrongly, ...

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