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Teaching children with autism: opinion

“I hear so many times from parents and teachers whose time is taken up with children in the classroom – whether they have a disability or whether they are autistic – that it is taking up the teacher’s time. These ...

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Bullying drives teacher to attempt suicide

A former teacher has been awarded a substantial sum after NSW courts ruled she had suffered “soul-destroying” workplace bullying that led to attempted suicide. Helen Frances – whose real name has been withheld – now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and ...

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Mandatory testing for Year 1 students

The Federal government has released a landmark report which it says indicates the need for Year 1 students to undertake mandatory literacy and numeracy tests. Responding to the report, Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said testing Year 1 ...

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QLD Liberal Party would scrap Safe Schools program

Queensland’s Liberal National Party has vowed to withdraw from the federal Safe Schools anti-bullying program and replace it with its own if it wins government. But the Labor government says the program has never been taught in Queensland classrooms, and ...

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Top maths teachers awarded

New South Wales and Victoria are leading the way forward in Mathematics education, and boast some of the best teachers in the country. The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) recently held its national Choose Maths awards, in recognition of Australia’s ...

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Support grows for changes to girls uniform

Debate surrounds school dress codes for girls across the country, but most state governments still refuse to intervene in individual school policies. A national movement to give schoolgirls the option to wear pants or shorts is gaining momentum, after the ...

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Number of qualified teachers on the rise

Australia is now home to at least 3,000 more postgraduate qualified teachers compared to a decade ago, according to a new report. The report from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) shows that about 18, 000 students graduated from ...

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Principals to be freed from paperwork

NSW principals will be freed up from drowning in paperwork, coordinating school repairs and IT troubleshooting under a $50 million-a-year plan by the state government aimed at getting school leaders back to teaching. NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes announced the ...

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Maltreatment greatly affects young brains

Children exposed to abuse and neglect from a very young age are already at a severe disadvantage when they start school because of the impact the stress has on their rapidly developing brains, research shows. An Australian study conducted in ...

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