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Camp in confidence

Some timely preparation is the key to fun and safety for school excursions and forays into the great outdoors. By Antonia Maiolo School camps and excursions are becoming increasingly popular amongst teachers looking to provide students learning opportunities away from ...

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AEU says amendment undercuts accountability

Accountability on how Gonski funding is allocated and spent will be reduced under new legislation, the Australian Education Union is arguing. AEU deputy federal president Correna Haythorpe said the Australian Education Act Amendment Bill, passed a couple of days ago, ...

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Equity still shrinking post-Gonski

Equity and disadvantage have worsened in Australian schools since the Gonski Review was first delivered, research presented today has shown. The School Equity: from bad to worse report, by education advocates Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd, found that the problems ...

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Primary, secondary roles hard to fill

Primary and secondary school principals have difficulty finding the right staff to fill job roles, Australia’s national teaching workforce survey findings reveal. The Staff in Australia’s Schools (SiAS) survey shows that about 40 per cent of secondary principals and 20 ...

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Classrooms and class divides

Maxine McKew talks about her new book on the issues impeding equity and quality in Australia’s schools, in Q & A with Antonia Maiolo. Journalist, author and former federal member for Bennelong, Maxine McKew, shows she still has a passion ...

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Website to answer teachers’ science queries

Science teachers will have their curriculum questions answered via a free website that aims to fill gaps in science education. The Science ASSIST site is a directory for a selection of web-based teaching resources that support implementing the Australian Curriculum: Science. It will be launched ...

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School takes Qld Opti-MINDS title

Queensland students from Middle Ridge State School have taken top prize in the annual Opti-MINDS state championship competition. The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) sponsored the students as they represented the Darling Downs area in the Opti-MINDS State Final in Brisbane ...

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Teachers say training leaves them unprepared

Research has sparked fresh calls for a review of teacher training courses, as less than half of teaching graduates indicate they feel adequately trained in a number of key professional areas. The results, released yesterday within the Staff in Australia’s ...

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Dodge the social media meanies

As apps rise and fall from popularity with young people, educators need to keep up with what’s hot and how students can play safely. By Anne Mirtschin In our social media-rich world, ego can be boosted, and popularity rated, based ...

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Take notes chords & scales

Music can be an integral part of learning and teaching many core subjects. By Antonia Maiolo Music education goes beyond just providing enjoyment for kids. It can lead to improved test scores and strengthen reading and language skills, new research ...

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