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Regional outreach plan takes off

A new university program is reaching out to students attending regional schools in Victoria. Federation University Australia’s Regional Schools Outreach Program (RSOP) has delivered education in 49 schools throughout western Victoria, a report shows. The RSOP was presented to 5000 students from ...

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Confidence in employment lacking, poll shows

Australian students aren't confident about their job prospects, a recent poll shows. The latest Australian Gallup Student Poll – a convenience sample of more than 5000 students in years 5–12 in 24 schools across six states – reveals that less ...

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WA embraces independent school model

More than half of all public schools in Western Australia will be operating under the flexible Independent Public School model next year, following a record intake of 178 schools. The number of public schools working under this model is now ...

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ACT plans healthier canteens

School tuckshops in the ACT will no longer sell sugary drinks and foods, in a bid to curb childhood obesity. Canteens will also need to colour code foods to signal whether they are suitable for sale to children. The traffic ...

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Opinion: technology is the future

England is leading a quiet revolution in the world of education. In September, it becomes the first country in the world to mandate computer programming lessons in primary and secondary schools. Children will start learning to write code at the ...

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Failure to engage

Little schools can do to affect 15-year-olds’ interest in education. Students’ background influences engagement, new research reveals. The study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) found that a student’s background characteristics, rather than school attributes, overwhelmingly drive ...

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Minister: Tasmanian government broke promises

Labor’s Ellis says premier broke pledge of education reform. By Antonia Maiolo The Tasmanian government has backed away from its pre-election promises to deliver school funding reforms in the state, the shadow minister for education has argued. Premier Will Hodgman ...

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Threats to welfare can’t fix attendance

Initial rises in Indigenous performance at school under SEAM program fall away. Indigenous school attendance improved when there was a threat that the federal government would cut welfare payments to parents if children didn’t go to school, researchers have found. ...

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First lesson: know who you are

Cultural identity is a strong element in the success of Aboriginal students. Positive Aboriginal identity is key to success into the school performance of Indigenous students, a new study has shown. Research examining the performance of Aboriginal students in New ...

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Fine-tuning sex ed

WA program will specialise teacher training and include topics such as sexting and social media. A new training program is set to boost sex education skills for WA teachers. Curtin University associate professor Sharyn Burns has launched a training course ...

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