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Dixon goes to principal’s office

Victorian education minister takes reins at alma mater for a day Victoria’s education minister, Martin Dixon, resumed his former career when he joined 130 business and community leaders across the state to spend a day in the life of a ...

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Fight back for phonics

Ditching the teaching method may cost NSW schools accreditation. Universities in NSW must teach phonics to student teachers or risk losing accreditation, the state’s education minister has ordered. “Phonics is a key skill in the teaching of reading,” NSW education ...

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Major funding shift in WA

Disadvantaged groups, primary students will gain. High schools are set to receive less funding following a major shake-up of the Western Australia education system. Under a new student-centred funding model, $45 million will be redirected from secondary schools, giving public ...

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Girls’ self-image often a hurdle

Self-image and anxiety sometimes stand in the way of success in science and math for female students, research shows. Confidence about school is key to getting female students into STEM fields, a conference on education research has been told. “The ...

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Paid internships for grad student teachers

Course will include three years of work in schools. A new course is giving student teachers the opportunity to earn while they learn at a top university. The University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s clinical teaching program will give ...

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Racism takes toll on student performance

Research finds threats and other experiences can hurt test scores and grades. By Antonia Maiolo. Student experiences of racism lead to feelings of hopelessness at school and self-doubt amongst Indigenous learners, an education researcher argues. Dr Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, from Macquarie ...

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Bullying goes under-reported

Teachers and parents often don’t recognise earmarks of the behaviour. By Dallas Bastian.  One in three children aged 10 to 11 are being picked on or bullied and teachers and parents are under-reporting incidents, a large-scale study has found. The ...

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Schools push for national starting age

Uniform rule would help with socialisation, curriculum planning, groups say. By Erin Mayo. Calls for a nationally consistent school starting age have been welcomed by school groups, who believe the current system, where states and territories have differing starting ages ...

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Aussie teens can count to 10%

Local youngsters are amongst the world’s best schooled in financial basics but there is still room for improvement. By Erin Mayo. Australian students are showing financial nous, a new international report into the financial literacy of teens has found. The ...

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Oh, behave

Summit encourages lighter alternatives to hardline discipline. By Erin Mayo. Schools need to adopt a more positive approach to student behaviour, participants in a national summit have claimed. Behaviour in Australian Schools: Current Trends and Possibilities brought educators together at ...

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