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Inquiry hears more BER complaints

A public school "mysteriously" received $400,000 from the NSW government after it embarked on a campaign for more classrooms, an inquiry into the school buildings program has heard. The handout has been described as "hush money" by Opposition Leader Barry ...

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Getting back on track

Children in out-of-home care change schools often, repeat grades, drop out early and suffer higher rates of mental and physical health problems that limit their participation at school, a new report has found. Anglicare Victoria and Wesley Mission Victoria are ...

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Youth behind adults on climate change

Young Australians might be more likely to rank climate change as a concern, but they lag behind their parents and grandparents in taking everyday steps to help the environment. The trend emerged in the quarterly Australian Social Trends report, released ...

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Resource on disasters released

School children will be better placed to understand and respond to natural disasters through a new interactive computer program. Attorney-General Robert McClelland, whose responsibilities include national emergency management, recently unveiled the new resource to a group of Years 4 and ...

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Green fingers are good: research

Gardening can help boost a child's development and make them happier, UK research suggests. A study commissioned by Britain's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) found that pupils in schools that encourage gardening become more resilient, confident and live healthier lives. Researchers ...

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Computer games good for kids: parents

Three-quarters of Australian parents believe video games have a positive effect on their children, claims a new survey commissioned by video game makers THQ. However, half of parents are divided on whether video games are a true social experience for ...

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Geography curriculum shape paper released

A paper designed to craft the first national geography curriculum has been released. The "shape paper" will guide the development of the forthcoming Australian geography curriculum for kindergarten to Year 12 students, due to be taught from 2012. Australian Curriculum ...

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Future of ethics classes unsure

Proposed ethics classes in NSW are at risk after the Department of Education ruled full-time teachers cannot conduct the lessons. Full-time teachers, some of whom are teaching the current ethics trial at 10 public primary schools across the state, will ...

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Foreign students still owed money

Overseas students affected by the closure of a Sydney flying school have been paid only $21,000 of the more than $700,000 owed to them. Aerospace Aviation was placed into voluntary administration by its directors on 12 February. Efforts to find ...

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