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Closing the Gap report released

The only indigenous member of federal parliament says the latest Closing the Gap report into disadvantage doesn't look enough at urban Aboriginal people. While Liberal MP Ken Wyatt praised the report, released by Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday, he said ...

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New drug education site

The Australian Drug Foundation has launched what it says is Australia’s most extensive range of drug educational tools. The new ADF Shop website is a place where educators, health workers or parents can access the largest collection of educational materials ...

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New strategy for Asia literacy: Garrett

A new stakeholder group to provide advice to government on how to boost Asia literacy in schools is to be convened shortly, Minister for School Education Peter Garrett has confirmed. The group will consist of educators, academics, teachers, the business ...

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HECS for VET students

Students in vocational education could get HECS-style loans for their courses under a proposal the federal government will put to its state and territory counterparts. Industry Minister Greg Combet says the program will be carefully targeted at certain areas to ...

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WA trials iPad for Years 1 and 2

Some Year 1 and 2 students starting school have been put straight onto iPads, under a new West Australian government program. Premier Colin Barnett and Education Minister Liz Constable yesterday announced the government's Early Childhood iPad Initiative, which will provide ...

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Bus debacle continues in NSW

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has ordered an investigation into this week’s travel debacle that affected hundreds of disabled students in NSW. The state opposition has called for the dismissal of Education Minister Adrian Piccoli after the bungle that left 740 ...

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Teaching isn’t a popularity contest

Education Review published an article in its October issue discussing the possibility of students formally rating their teachers. ER reported it was one of the recommendations made by the Nous Group in their report on schooling challenges and opportunities commissioned ...

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Engage minds before proceeding

The great education machine of Australian schools is grinding into action again for another year. In about 9500 schools, 184,000 teachers will stand between 3.5 million students and their futures. The social contract is clear. Students are required to attend ...

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My New Year’s resolutions

Shifting the rhetoric of a well intentioned resolution for improvement into action that is only practical and sustainable is a challenge. Since the year ticked over and The Biggest Loser returned to the small screen, my morning run along the ...

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Cautious response to funding changes

Reaction has been mixed to the announcement that a discount on HECS fees for maths and science subjects will go, as outlined in the federal government’s mid-year economic and fiscal outlook. Maths, statistics and science units will attract Band 2 ...

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