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Junk food ads on the rise

Children are still being exposed to the same number of junk food ads on TV, despite the fast food industry's introduction of new rules about marketing products to children. A review has found the total number of fast food ads ...

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Qualifications for chaplains not ruled out

School Education Minister Peter Garrett has said he would consider the option once a review of the National School Chaplaincy Program is completed. "A minimum qualification is an important issue," Garrett told ABC Television on Monday. "My expectation is that ...

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Calls for independence in child protection

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare told a child protection inquiry on Tuesday that oversight of the child protection system needs to be independent of the Department of Human Services to ensure accountability. There also needs to ...

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Play good for ADHD: study

Researchers from the University of Sydney carried out a pilot study looking at whether children with ADHD could improve their social skills if they were taught how to recognise social cues such as fear and boredom through play. Children with ...

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Mixed views on FWA student work rule

It's a traditional rite of passage for many secondary school students, as well as a handy way of earning a bit of extra cash. But now the casual after-school job may change, after Fair Work Australia (FWA) handed down a ...

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‘A national tragedy and a disgrace’

The prevalence of indigenous youth in Australia's criminal justice system is a national tragedy and disgrace, a new parliamentary report has concluded. A lower house committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs released its report on the issue on ...

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Parents surveyed on tuition

In an Australian first, a new survey aims to explore what parents think about private tuition and its relationship to mainstream education. The survey, being conducted by the Australian Tutoring Association, will focus on who is being tutored, the cost, ...

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20 schools may close in Tasmania

Independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie has described the Tasmanian Government as "useless" over its decision to consider closing 20 schools across the state. The government announced the plan in last week’s state budget, as part of wider cuts across the ...

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Raft of cyber-safety initiatives recommended

Cyber education for children should start in preschool, the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety has said. More than a year in the making, the committee’s High-Wire Act report made dozens of recommendations to parliament on how to educate children and ...

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Going global

In 2008 UNESCO researchers described the international schools market as a "well-kept secret" - barely rating a mention, until recently, amongst the world's educators, policy-makers and educational planners. However, the sheer rate of growth and market worth is certainly capturing ...

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