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Change of the guard in SA

The South Australian government has changed its education chief, with the government saying it wants a new direction for the department. Education Minister Jay Weatherill said on Tuesday that Department of Education and Children's Services chief executive Chris Robinson would ...

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Greater local say in NSW BER

Local school communities need to play a bigger role in the federal schools building program, says a NSW parliamentary inquiry, which found it hadn't delivered value for money. The final report into the state's handling of the federal scheme to ...

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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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Top of the class

NEiTA (National Excellence in Teaching Awards) and the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) have announced the 550 finalists for the NEiTA 2010 ASG Inspirational Teaching Awards. This year there was 1147 teacher nominations from the community. NEiTA’s Chairman, Terry O’Connell, said ...

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Throw out the rule book

Students, parents and teachers often debate about the characteristics of a good teacher, but according to a new book it is the ongoing decisions teachers make on daily basis that makes them experts. Monash University’s Dean of the Faculty of ...

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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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