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Equity, access top priority for conference

Equal access to quality teaching and learning for all students is one of the biggest challenges Australia faces in education. “While overall the achievements of Australian students remain world class, there are clear disparities in achievements between different groups of students ...

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Going independent

More and more parents are choosing non-government schools for their children; now is a good time to take a look at what that choice gets them. By Kevin Donnelly There is no denying the broad support for Australia’s tripartite system ...

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Don’t flip out

Expect more schools to place limits on when and where students can perform tumbling acts. By Antonia Maiolo More Australian schools may look to ban children from doing cartwheels or handstands in order to avoid serious injuries amongst students, experts ...

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NAPLAN online officially gets green light

At a meeting of Australian education ministers today, the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments agreed to move and fund NAPLAN online. This decision will see NAPLAN testing available in schools to trial from 2016 and it is expected ...

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YMCA wants swim lessons for all

Swimming and water safety should be mandatory in all primary schools, YMCA Victoria has argued. Victorian children have the lowest water competency rates in Australia, the YMCA stated. Research by Life Saving Victoria shows that 1 in 3 children leave ...

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Lab puts micro-tech in teenage hands

High school students got hands-on experience with micro-controller devices when University of Tasmania computer and electronics experts held a workshop at a local campus. Year 9 and 10 students from Prospect High School in Tasmania recently joined staff and students ...

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Vic to teach second languages to 4-year-olds

Young children could learn a second language by the time they reach primary school under a new state government plan. The Victorian Government has pledged to spend $5.4 million so that 4-year-old children can begin learning a second language at their local ...

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