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Symposium examines new framework

How to use the government’s new national early learning framework to enhance practice, rather than constraining it, was the subject of a recent symposium attended by more than 100 early childhood workers. The government framework, ‘Belonging, Being & Becoming: The ...

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Young Einsteins

A group of Year 10 students has collaborated with Australian scientists and Quit Victoria to produce a video designed to educate students and the public about free radicals and their effect on health. The video is the result of a ...

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Concerns over new NT boarding school

Concerns that Indigenous boarding school students will not have enough teachers and will be without medical facilities have been aired in a Senate hearing. During the election campaign Labor announced the outstation of Garrthalala, 134 kilometres from Yirrkala, in north-east ...

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Literacy, numeracy improving

Literacy and numeracy of primary school students, including those from low socio-economic backgrounds, improved significantly between 2008 and 2009. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform council on Friday released its second yearly report on the national education agreement. It ...

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Stand up to bullies: expert

Parents need to better monitor their children and teach them to stand up for themselves to combat bullying. That’s according to noted child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, who was appointed on Tuesday as the Queensland Government's anti-bullying expert. Carr-Gregg said ...

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Funding debate rumbles on

The issue of school funding dominated the news agenda last weekend, prompted by the release of an Australian Education Union (AEU) survey, and the government’s subsequent defence of its spending record. The national survey of more than 11,000 teachers and ...

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No judicial inquiry for BER

The federal coalition has failed to win parliament's approval for a judicial inquiry into the $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution (BER) program. A private member's bill, introduced by opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne, was defeated at the second reading ...

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Literacy, numeracy boosts workforce: research

Improving literacy and numeracy skills has a positive, statistically significant effect on labour market outcomes. Literacy and numeracy skills are key components of human capital, which is an important driver of economic growth. A new paper by Anthony Shomos of ...

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School teachers strike in NZ

WELLINGTON: There is no new money to offer teachers a bigger pay increase unless they wanted to burden their students with a future of paying off national debt, NZ Prime Minister John Key said yesterday. Nearly 60,000 Year 9 students ...

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NSW signals roll out of ethics classes

Ethics classes will be offered to all NSW public schools from mid-2011 following the release of an independent evaluation endorsing the recent pilot. The report by Dr Sue Knight from the University of South Australia said the course was “pedagogically ...

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