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Creating a common language

Five-year-old Hal's ADHD makes it hard for him to make friends but in just seven weeks of play intervention his social skills have noticeably improved. He is one of seven children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to complete a recent play-based ...

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Award upheld, young workers lose

Thousands of young workers will miss out on jobs after the industrial tribunal upheld an award prohibiting short shifts, according to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA). The peak retail industry body said the Fair Work Australia (FWA) decision to keep ...

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Uniforms are class leveller: PM

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has revealed she is in favour of mandatory school uniforms, saying they give children a valuable sense of self and discipline. Announcing that parents would receive a tax break on the cost of uniforms if Labor ...

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Give P21 funds to principals: Abbott

Primary school principals have cautiously welcomed a coalition plan to give them a greater say over federally funded projects. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and education spokesman Christopher Pyne yesterday announced how they would improve the $14.1 billion Primary Schools for ...

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Protecting the most vulnerable

The federal government has released a set of new national standards aimed at better protecting the 34,000 Australian children living in foster care. The draft national plan includes regular health checks and an education plan for children living in out-of-home ...

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Power to the people

Young people want and need better access to health services, a group of aspiring parliamentarians has heard. The 90 high school age students gathered at NSW Parliament House on Monday for the 2010 YMCA NSW Youth Parliament to discuss issues ...

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A slippery slope?

Anti-gambling advocates fear gaming venues are grooming children to gamble by providing arcade games mimicking poker machines. The so-called redemption games offer expensive prizes including digital cameras or televisions and are usually located just steps away from the adults-only gaming ...

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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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