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Qld school’s class size as small as it gets

Like the principals of many schools in small rural and regional communities, Charmaine Wilson is used to her student population ebbing and flowing. But perhaps unlike most other principals, when Wilson marked her role call sheet on the first day ...

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Opinion: the case for diversity in ATARs

There is endless discussion over university entry scores and their significance. In particular, there are often quite heated arguments in the media over perceived lowering of standards resulting from the enrolment of students with low ATARs. Such is the case ...

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Baird dangles $1bn schools upgrade

NSW premier Mike Baird is promising to spend a billion dollars to give the state's schools a facelift if voters support his controversial plan to partially privatise the state's electricity assets. Baird is taking his poles and wires plan to the ...

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Vic schools gird against radicalisation

Students of radicals are a fresh hurdle for Victorian schools, the state's peak principals body says. Tensions born out of racism, conflicting religious beliefs, and even uniforms, have affected social cohesion at some institutions, the Australian Principals Federation stated. And now Fairfax ...

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Report finds Qld principal mishandled sex abuse case

A Queensland principal failed to deal appropriately with a pedophile teacher who sexually abused 13 schoolgirls, a report has found. Terence Hayes didn't report two allegations of sexual abuse against teacher Gerard Byrnes in 2007, despite having clear instructions to ...

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Vic parents pay most for public schools

Victorian parents pay more than the rest of the country for their kids' public schools, an auditor-general's report shows. The state government also spent less than the national average per student – 14.4 per cent less for primary students and 11.4 ...

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NSW schools get $22.7m from feds

Schools in NSW will get an extra $22.7 million of Commonwealth cash this year in a deal the federal education minister, Christopher Pyne, has said will increase their autonomy. But the agreement won't lead to independent public schools. The NSW education minister, ...

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Robot teachers in disguise

  A robot that children can teach to write has landed a Queensland University of Technology graduate a top international artificial intelligence industry award. Deanna Hood has been developing the capacity of a programmable humanoid robot to learn to write ...

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Kids get tool for dobbing in cyber-predators

Children can report cyber-predators anonymously through a new online program police and child protection advocates have developed. Join the Dots was launched in Brisbane on Tuesday as part of International Safer Internet Day. The reporting tool has been developed by Task ...

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