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Peter Garret to oversee schools

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says sharing federal education responsibilities among three ministers reflects her strong focus on schools. Peter Garrett is in charge of schools and early childhood under the re-elected Labor government and Senator Kim Carr retains research under ...

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Clamping down

A $10.6 million program to tackle cyber bullying will be rolled out in every Victorian public school. The initiative, called eSmart, will provide $2000 grants to all public schools and 300 non-government schools to implement strategies to address cyber bullying. ...

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Schools out, belts out

Research has identified a critical period in which young Australians are prone to putting on weight and, if they do, it is hard to shift. Melbourne's Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) tracked the weight of more than 1500 young people ...

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ACT and NSW on top in NAPLAN

The ACT topped 15 of the 20 categories in the NAPLAN results released late last week, with Victorian and NSW schools sharing the other top ratings. The Northern Territory achieved the worst results, but former education minister Simon Crean stressed ...

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Gagged?

The NSW government has been accused of protecting Prime Minister Julia Gillard by suppressing criticism of the draft national curriculum in the run-up to the federal election. The NSW Board of Studies has released a scathing review of the draft ...

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Kids helping kids

With four in five Indigenous children in remote communities unable to read to the minimum standard1, SchoolAid has launched its Indigenous Literacy Campaign in support of the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation’s work in Indigenous communities. The program will have ...

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The power of persuasion?

Along with ads for the new VW, Diet Coke and Maltesers, Sydney cinemagoers were recently shown an advertisement for Newington College, a private boys’ school in Stanmore, Sydney. The 60 second ad slickly displayed still images of several students engaging ...

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SA pay issue resolved

A new award for teachers in SA public schools and preschools has been handed down after more than two years of negotiations. State education minister Jay Weatherill said the end of the arbitration clears the way for greater decision making ...

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1300 children at risk in Victoria

More than 1300 children at risk of abuse and neglect don't have allocated case workers in Victoria, despite money being provided to the state's child protection system. And staff retention is still a critical issue, with frontline child protection workers ...

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BER rumbles continue in NSW

The NSW government has been accused of spin and living in denial after it released a glowing appraisal of its own handling of the Building the Education Revolution (BER) program. Under the BER Score Card, the state government gave itself ...

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