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$12.4m boost to math, science teaching

A new $12.4 million program aims to improve university training and preparation for maths and science teachers. The minister for tertiary education, skills, science and research, Chris Bowen, announced the program with school education minister Peter Garrett. The program, Enhancing ...

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Take a virtual wander

From connecting students with experts in Antarctica to meeting “face-to-face” with other students in China, video-collaboration is transforming education. By Lynnette Whitfield Australian schools and educational institutions are charged with preparing students for today’s digital world and global economy. However, ...

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Autonomy is letting students down: SOS

More collaboration is needed to better serve pupils. Overseas examples prove that autonomous schools are failing, according to Save Our Schools. “The most recent research evidence on the success of school autonomy in budgeting and staffing in improving student achievement ...

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Non-government school enrolment figures up

Non-government schools in Australia are continuing to grow, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show. By Antonia Maiolo. While government schools remained the largest provider of school education, non-government schools had the largest proportional increase of 1.8 per cent which ...

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Test for swimming carnivals eased

ACT students who compete in swimming carnivals no longer have to take a proficiency test. In the newly-launched Swimming Pool and Water Park Based Aquatic Activities policy, the proficiency test has been lifted for carnivals, which are considered “structured activities,” ...

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Garrett joins push for Gonski changes

The Federal government is increasing the pressure on state and territory governments to move on school funding. Federal Education minister Peter Garrett joined a protest at the Sydney office of NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell to demand the state government adopt ...

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Public support for Gonski ‘overwhelming’

The public’s attitude to the funding of Australian schools shows overwhelming support for the Gonski review, and opposition to further education cuts proposed by state governments, a new national poll has revealed. Nine out of ten Australians believe it is ...

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