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Success more than test scores, say students

Students are concerned the current school system does not adequately measure their own success and achievement, the largest national survey of students has found. Sixty per cent of students said that what they know cannot be measured by tests or ...

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Schools must broaden drug policy: Academic

Australian schools have been told to broaden their drug education programs as research shows how many teens are experimenting with anabolic steroids. A major survey conducted in secondary schools has found 2.4 per cent of 12 to 17 year olds ...

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Gas heaters being replaced in NSW

The NSW government has released a list of 101 schools that will have un-flued gas heaters replaced by next winter, at a cost of $15 million. But a group campaigning on the issue has turned up the heat on ministers, ...

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Closing the gap

The Victorian government has released a 10-year plan to improve health and education for Aboriginal children. A study of 33,500 Aboriginal children across the state has found most meet recommended targets for physical activity and immunisation but fall short on ...

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Promises, promises

The education policy announcements continue to come thick and fast in the lead up to election day. In the past week the Labor party has announced a scheme to financially reward schools that “lift their performance”, a system of performance ...

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Lukewarm reaction to disability plan

The federal opposition's $314 million policy to support students with disabilities has been met with mixed reaction. It was announced on Friday that a coalition government will give students with severe disabilities an education card worth up to $20,000. About ...

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Mollycoddle much?

Researchers want to discover if Australian parents are depriving children of a sense of responsibility by micromanaging their lives. A team of researchers from the University of Queensland and QUT are seeking Australian parents of children aged 5 to 12 ...

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Getting it right early

A slide in the nation's commitment to improving early childhood education would significantly damage Australia's economy, a leading advocacy group for children has warned. Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is urging the major parties to outline their policies on the issue ...

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Power to the principal?

School principals have cautiously welcomed Labor's pledge to give them greater autonomy, but want Prime Minister Julia Gillard to better flesh out the details of the policy. Under the plan, school principals will eventually have greater responsibility for their budgets, ...

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