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Pre-service staff in art education use Twitter to stay connected and share knowledge worldwide. By Antonia Maiolo Students at La Trobe University are taking to Twitter to learn skills that will help make them better teachers. Dr Narelle Lemon, a ...

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Fitness movement

Student bodies show big improvement in performance over a year of increased activities. By Antonia Maiolo Hundreds of schoolchildren in NSW have gained fitness benefits from a year-long physical activity and movement skills intervention program. Participants in the initial SCORES ...

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NSW launches transition to kindergarten

Starting school for little ones may be smoother than ever thanks to a NSW government program. NSW Nationals MP Katrina Hodgkinson said the move to big school in the local area should be smoother for next year’s kindergarten children with a ...

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NT joins Independent Schools plan

In 2015, the Northern Territory will join Western Australia and Queensland in introducing the Independent Public Schools initiative to increase local decision-making in government schools. The Australian Government plans to invest $1.61 million to help government schools in the Northern ...

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Row over TA medical procedures in Tasmania

The Tasmanian opposition has criticised a state government scheme to pay teachers assistants to perform medical procedures on students. Under the policy, teacher assistants will be paid an extra $11.80 a week to perform high-level medical procedures on students including; catheterisation, ...

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New teacher accreditation standards in NSW

About 75,000 NSW school teachers will soon have to be accredited under new national standards, including requirements to undertake ongoing professional development. The NSW education minister, Adrian Piccoli, said the government wanted all teachers to be accredited by the end of ...

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PE makes better learners

Children who are physically active have a greater learning capacity, a new study confirms. Researchers from the University of Illinois have shown that children who are more physically active have more white matter in their brains – a marker for better memory, learning ...

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Safer for all sexual orientations

A plan that made strides reducing homophobia and transphobia in Victorian schools is coming to NSW. By Antonia Maiolo A national program aimed at tackling homophobia and transphobia in schools has officially launched in NSW following its successful implementation in ...

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Into the game

University joins independent educator to form pathways to teaching for people with training in sport. By Antonia Maiolo Sports education has been largely overlooked in teacher training, despite the many known physical and wellbeing benefits it can provide students, an ...

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