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Tests and the testy

Experts agree exam anxiety is a large and growing problem. Its effects can be damaging but there are some ways to reduce the stress. By Antonia Maiolo Crying, vomiting and sleeplessness are just some of the viscerally negative reactions children ...

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Can’t stress it enough

Teachers are frustrated and overwhelmed; the first step for schools trying to help is to recognise the problem. By Antonia Maiolo Teacher stress is reaching harmful levels, restricting creative and productive work in the classroom, education experts are warning. School ...

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More warnings about the ageing workforce

Policymakers need to take a careful look at the education profession and examine ways to promote it as attractive to encourage more young people into the field, a leading education expert says. ACER director of educational monitoring and research Sue Thomson made ...

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Calls for Victoria to do more for families

The Victorian Government needs to do more to help struggling families meet schooling costs, the state’s peak body for social services says. Emma King, chief executive of the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) said the  government's recent announcement of a ...

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Reboot The Bard with new Shakespeare site

A new open-access website offers educators across the globe innovative ways to teach Shakespeare. The website, Shakespeare Reloaded, aims to offer new materials, leading research and classroom activities to refresh teaching and learning approaches to Shakespeare in a way that ...

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Craven: more teachers essential

More education graduates are needed in the face of pending retirements and increasing student numbers, Australian Catholic University’s vice-chancellor has said. Professor Greg Craven, who is also chair of the government’s review into teacher training, said an ageing workforce combined ...

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A little extra cloth may cut skin cancer risk

Lengthening school uniforms – sleeves, shirts and shorts – by just a few centimetres could significantly reduce the risk of skin cancer, new research has shown. The study, conducted by James Cook University researchers, examined more than 100 schools in Townsville, ...

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Help for teachers introducing children to school

Early childhood educators may better facilitate a child’s smooth transition to school with the help of a new publication. Continuity of Learning: A resource to support effective transition to school and school-age care, developed by professors Sue Dockett and Bob Perry ...

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