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Raising the bar

The development of the new national teacher standards is an historic move toward making every school a great school, because it is known that outside of the home, teachers have the greatest impact on the development of young Australians. That’s ...

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Teacher standards at heart of reform agenda: Mackay

The release of the National Professional Standards for Teachers creates the platform for a national system of accrediting teacher education courses, initial and full teacher registration, and voluntary certification at the higher levels supported by ongoing professional learning. That’s according ...

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Chronic disease time bomb

The largest survey of Australian secondary students in 25 years has revealed a "chronic disease time bomb", with weight problems, lax exercise habits and poor diets as the norm. The survey of 12,000 teenagers across almost 240 schools found one ...

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Garrett blasts Abbott over cuts

The Federal Opposition's plan to shelve $448 million in aid to Indonesia may be dominating the news agenda today, but School Education Minister Peter Garrett has accused the Coalition of planning to ‘decimate Australian schools’. The coalition has said it ...

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Teens more studious – and more creative

Teenage higher education students began embracing the Bradley expansion agenda a few years before the federal government adopted it in 2009, according to new figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The number of 15 to 19 year-old ...

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Another year, more twists and turns

While 2010 was a busy year in education, featuring the litany of policy announcements typical of a federal election campaign, 2011 is shaping up to be just as interesting – if not more so. Significant consultation and debate lies ahead ...

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Parents have a hand in cyber bullying: principal

More parents are becoming involved in cyber-bullying, taking up disputes involving their children, a federal parliamentary committee has been told. Phil Lewis, an Adelaide high school principal and a representative for Catholic principals across South Australia, said cyber-bullying involving students ...

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NSW Opposition supports ethics

The NSW opposition has retreated from its promise to remove ethics classes from the state's public schools if elected. A spokesman for Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell told AAP that reports yesterday of the opposition's backflip on the matter were correct, ...

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Future of Jewish school in doubt

Administrators have been appointed for Adelaide's only Jewish day school because of cash flow pressures and declining enrolments. However, administrator Peter Lanthois, from KordaMentha partners, said Massada College would continue to operate as normal with students due to start the ...

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NZ: Labour promises ECE funding

WELLINGTON: Labour is pledging to restore $400 million the Government has cut from early childhood education, and the party was warning parents they would face stiff fee rises when centres opened earlier this week. Party leader Phil Goff said a ...

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