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The architect finally speaks

Head of contentious review says Budget’s changes will hurt state schools in need. By Antonia Maiolo. David Gonski, the architect of Labor’s 2011 school funding review, broke his silence on his controversial scheme, slamming the government for its decision to ...

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Budget reverses Gonski spending

Changes add up to billions in funding reductions for public schools. By Antonia Maiolo. The government has signalled it will freeze any increases in schools funding and revealed a substantial cut to the education system, triggering an outcry from the ...

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Digital development

Preparing teachers for the new IT-heavy curriculum requires time, funding and focus. By Dallas Bastian. The new digital curriculum is causing nervousness amongst academics over teachers’ level of IT knowledge. Associate professor James Curran from the University of Sydney’s school ...

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Health shouldn’t be an exclusive club

Placing health and PE within education faculties sends a message that physical fitness is for all. By Tim Lynch. Is health a club? There are many sporting or physical activity clubs people can join to be amongst others with similar ...

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Preaching the good words

Lyn Stone believes everyone is born a linguist. She tells Antonia Maiolo how she makes the mysteries of the English language clear to teachers and students. Melbourne linguistic specialist Lyn Stone recently launched Spelling for Life – a handbook for ...

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Opinion: Students – like promises – don’t matter

Broken commitments show the Federal Government’s lack of concern for education. By Lila Mularczyk. Pre-election platforms, pre-election commitments and pre-election promises all shamefully dismantled and discarded. As school leaders, we now focus on some of the darkest and most demoralising ...

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The language ladder

Abbott sets the target high for multilingual study; getting there will require some changes. By Kathe Kirby. The Abbott Government has announced a game-changing policy to revive languages education in Australian schools by setting an ambitious target of 40 percent ...

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Charge for public school fees – report

Study calls for end of education department, larger class sizes to save money. By Antonia Maiolo. Higher-earning families should pay to send their children to public schools, according to a new report that finds government spending on education is too ...

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Questioning confidence in integrated classes

Researcher to examine how teachers feel about their ability to teach students with special needs in regular classrooms. By Antonia Maiolo. A rise in the number of students with special needs being integrated into regular classrooms has a researcher questioning ...

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