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Shining example

The leadership necessary to foster high-quality educational standards requires trust, integrity, vision and understanding. By Jim Davies. The development of the Australian Professional Standard for Principals has reaffirmed the school principal’s prime responsibilities for leading and managing quality teaching and ...

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Men are secondary

The proportion of males teaching primary school is tiny; stakeholders and experts take a look at why and what it means. By Dallas Bastian. Stereotypes and low pay are amongst the reasons relatively few men are teaching in primary school, ...

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High Court nixes school chaplaincy funding

Coalition may seek other means of keeping program alive. The High Court has decided that the federal government can no longer fund chaplaincy. The court found that the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program was invalid due because it ...

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Call of distant voices

The experiences of Australian teachers abroad show how many factors can influence the study of English as a second language. By Antonia Maiolo. With English language skills in high demand around the world, more and more Australian teachers are taking ...

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It’s the style that counts

Teachers develop new concepts around the widely accepted idea that manners of learning vary. By Fran Molloy. Whilst debates rage over curriculum content, teaching styles, technology, exams and even homework, there’s one thing most classroom teachers have embraced, and that ...

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The weight of the world

Maths expert says attempts to dominate international tests are too stressful for students. Global competitiveness and achievement in numeracy and literacy should be the objectives our education system aspires to but not at the cost of children’s wellbeing, an expert argues. ...

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NAPLAN a score for tutors

The benchmark tests are causing more parents to buy personal help for their children. By Dallas Bastian The number of parents paying for private tutoring after the release of NAPLAN scores has surged. Australian Tutoring Association (ATA) CEO Mohan Dhall ...

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Pay as they go

Teachers’ salary increases will be tied to student test scores in Victoria. By Antonia Maiolo. Students’ results will determine whether teachers get a pay rise in Victoria. Criteria such as student test outcomes and NAPLAN results will now be used ...

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Out of our league

It’s tempting to copy places outperforming Australia in international tables, but academics say their methods may not translate here. By Dallas Bastian. Australia’s slipping performance in international league tables has raised questions about whether our education systems should try to ...

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EduTECH 2014 aims for the future

Conference speakers focus on the environments, methods and students of the coming century. By Lara Caughey. The EduTECH 2014 conference brought thousands of attendees, international speakers and exhibitors to the Brisbane Convention Centre to discuss how to reshape the K–12 ...

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