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Why aren’t female Bear Grylls’ recognised?

Adventurer Bear Grylls, of Man vs. Wild fame, was first praised, then scorned for his ‘tough guy’ persona. All the while, most people hadn’t heard of Megan Hine. The fair-skinned, doe-eyed fellow Brit was once described by Grylls as “stronger than 99 per ...

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NSW scraps link between NAPLAN and HSC

The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) has “cautiously welcomed” a decision to scrap plans that would link NAPLAN results with qualifying for the HSC. NSW education minister Rob Stokes today announced the contentious plan would not go ahead, after ...

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Review could help tradies become teachers

The federal government has launched a national review of teacher registration to improve consistency and teacher quality across the country. Minister for education and training Simon Birmingham said the National Review of Teacher Registration had been endorsed by all states ...

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New laws punish sexual misconduct in schools

The NSW government has today introduced harsher penalties for any teacher found to have a sexual relationship with a student. The Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 will close existing loopholes and expand sex offence penalties to include teachers who do ...

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The case for a review of NAPLAN

After a successful campaign to scrap the compulsory rollout of NAPLAN online testing in Queensland, experts are asking the inevitable question: is NAPLAN testing still worthwhile? University of the Sunshine Coast’s associate Professor Michael Nagel specialises in research on childhood ...

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NSW apprenticeships get a makeover

Changes made to the state’s apprenticeship system aim to make it more responsive to the demands of the workplace, skills minister John Barilaro says. The new laws governing NSW apprenticeships were drafted and passed by parliament in the form of ...

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First electronic exams for SA students

Australia’s first electronic school exams will highlight the 2018 academic year for thousands of South Australian students. About 170,000 public school children return to classes on Monday with 13,500 attending for the first time. As part of the SACE Board’s ...

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Strike to affect start of WA school year

The start of the school year in Western Australia this week will be marred by strike action involving education department public servants protesting against job cuts. More than 100 staff recently took voluntary redundancies. The Community and Public Sector rejects ...

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Expert skewers ‘suspect’ school costs report

A Monash University expert has refuted research that suggests school costs have dramatically risen. Dr David Zyngier, a senior education lecturer, says the numbers in the Planning for Education Index 2018 by education scholarship plan provider Australian Scholarship Group (ASG), “may or may not ...

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