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QLD explores school autonomy

State school principals in Queensland could be given the power to hire staff, and the schools could be given cash grants to spend on capital works, under a proposal to shift decision-making back to them. The Queensland government released a ...

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States will decide school autonomy

A thousand schools across Australia will have more control over hiring and firing staff, their budget and even school hours from next year, under the federal government’s Empowering Local Schools initiative. However, the precise form that autonomy takes will largely ...

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Report cautions against bonuses

The Productivity Commission has said the federal government should defer its national performance bonus scheme for teachers until it is known how to design one effectively. In a draft report on the school workforce, released last Thursday, the commission said ...

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Teacher’s use of technology recognised

A Western Australian high school teacher had been recognised at an international event for her use of technology in the classroom. Athena Hain-Saunders, a science teacher from Newtown Moore High School in Bunbury, Western Australia, was awarded the first runner ...

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Ethics back in the spotlight

State MPs will attend ethics classes in NSW schools, as part of a parliamentary inquiry into the teaching of the subject. Christian Democrat Fred Nile has welcomed the inquiry, saying the subject is "a fraud". The multi-party inquiry will look ...

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NT truancy plan criticised

A crackdown on indigenous truant children in the Northern Territory that will be linked to cutting parents' welfare payments has been described by critics as a "tick the box exercise". The federal government announced on Monday that truant indigenous children ...

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Sides regroup in fight for funding

DOLLARS & SENSE* The Gonski verdict is in. Not the final report, of course, it will be a few months before that appears, but the only conclusion that can be drawn from the last round of submissions is that the ...

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More support for students with disabilities

SPECIAL REPORT When the Gillard government announced $200 million for students with disabilities in the budget in May this year, there was jubilation within the sector. For students, teachers and parents, the funding was a welcome response to many hard ...

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Finding out when a child is naughty or needs help

ANALYSIS It is well recognised that mental health disorders experienced during adulthood can be traced back to emotional and behavioural problems experienced during adolescence and earlier, to childhood. Given concerning predictions regarding the future prevalence of mental health disorders among ...

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