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Stab victim bullied accused, court told

A teenage boy stabbed in the neck by a classmate a day after a fight over sweets was a bully, a court has been told. The accused, who was 14 at the time of the stabbing in August 2013, has ...

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Opinion: Where to focus in 2015

Early childhood education, teacher training and demonstrating the quality of government schools should be primary concerns for the year. By Field Rickards My colleague professor Linda Darling-Hammond, from Stanford University, likes to tell a story – albeit mock-grudgingly, as it ...

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Pyne can’t rule out leadership spill

The education minister, Christopher Pyne, said on Friday he can't rule out a party room spill next week on Prime Minister Tony Abbott's leadership. Pyne was responding to a Sky News report three ministers believe there will be a vote ...

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Parent relations with schools under the microscope

A researcher is seeking feedback from parents of school-aged children across the country as part of a project aimed at understanding and improving relationships between families and schools. Charles Sturt University student Kathryn Dalton is investigating how parents and guardians ...

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Education minister first casualty of NT coup fallout

Adam Giles has struck quickly, sacking the organiser of the failed bid to oust him as Northern Territory chief minister. Education Minister Robyn Lambley was dumped from the ministry after helping rally nine members of the Country Liberals parliamentary wing ...

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‘Still falling in love’ with science

A Sydney-based primary schoolteacher who says she “fell into” science education has won the 2015 winner of the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Teacher Award. Philippa Miller, who first arrived from New Zealand to teach in Australia some 23 years ...

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Doctors confirm screen time affects teens

Parents have long suspected it, but now doctors have proof: the more time teenagers spend on computers or mobile phones, the less they sleep, especially if the gadget is used just before bedtime. The evidence is so strong that health ...

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Susan Close new SA education minister

South Australian manufacturing minister Susan Close has taken over the state's education and child development portfolio following the resignation of Jennifer Rankine. Upper House MP Kyam Maher, who was elevated into cabinet following Rankine's resignation on Monday, will take over Close's ...

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Breaking down the sex-ed awkwardness

A La Trobe University-backed DVD featuring a series of light-hearted vignettes is poised to help high-school teachers reduce the awkwardness of sex education lessons this year. The DVD, Ask Granddad, is being rolled out as part of the ongoing partnership between ...

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