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AlertForce: rank all trainers, educators by performance

Registered training organisations, including TAFEs and universities, should be ranked by performance to enable students and employers to better choose their course, a national training provider has said. AlertForce has expressed concern about recent reports that show only 1 in ...

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Morcombes launch Amego app for child safety

Bruce and Denise Morcombe are hoping a new child safety app will let parents afford their kids more freedom. The Amego app, developed by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and developer Appfactory, works by sending an immediate notification to a parent's ...

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GGS kept teacher who could have been fired

A Geelong Grammar School teacher's "distressing" conduct with students was bad enough to sack him but he was kept on for more than a decade, an inquiry has heard. Several senior staff members raised concerns about maths teacher and house ...

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Baird ‘sorry, distressed’ at Gayby hurt

Premier Mike Baird says he is "incredibly sorry" at the hurt suffered by one NSW mum over the Gayby Baby furore. Budget estimates hearings are often a dry affair but the questioning took a personal turn on Thursday. Upper house ...

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Firing up a dilemma

Zero-tolerance policies on drugs are common; is there ever a time to cut a student some slack? Although schools generally have extensive policies and procedures to guide students and teachers who face ethical dilemmas, there are times when we might ...

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Fund child abuse education: SA child carer

A South Australian childcare centre is calling on the state government to fund a child abuse education and prevention program to help "unclog" the state's child protection system. Natasha O'Brien, the owner of O'Brien's Montessori Centre in north-east Adelaide, says ...

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Former Geelong students to give evidence

A sacked Geelong Grammar School teacher accused of sexual abuse was later employed as an emergency teacher and allowed to take boys away for a weekend trip, the child abuse royal commission has heard. A former student, BKV, alleges that ...

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Double cochlear implants improve grades: study

A study of primary school students with hearing loss has shown children with double cochlear implants performed much better in exams than kids with only one. The University of Melbourne study measured academic performance of 44 profoundly deaf 8-year-olds across Australia ...

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