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School based nutrition polices lacking

A Victorian based survey has shown many schools don't have policies in place to promote healthy eating within the school environment, despite a growth in childhood obesity. The study which explored school canteen policies, diet-related programs and health nutrition practices ...

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Concern at rise in student violence

A Tasmanian union official has called for more support for teachers who are assaulted or verbally abused More than 250 Tasmanian students are being suspended every year for physically abusing or harassing their teachers. State Parliament recently released figures showing ...

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State launches social media guidelines

The South Australian Education Department has introduced social media guidelines to protect students and teachers from online threats. Education Minister Grace Portolesi said the instructions were drawn up to give "clear advice" on how schools should use social media, and ...

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The principal unplugged

An interview with award-winning school leader and refugee advocate Dorothy Hoddinott reveals the sector is lucky to have her Dorothy Hoddinott won the 2012 Australian College of Educators Medal and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in ...

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It’s the lesson that is important

Classroom observations should focus on boosting the quality of teaching and learning, not evaluating individuals, an education publisher says The recent recommendation of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership to make lesson observations part of the teacher evaluation ...

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NAPLAN might move online

Students will sit national exams online for the first time next year, with education ministers pushing for an investigation to assess the feasibility of bringing NAPALAN online as well. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) assessment and reporting manager ...

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Piccoli defends $1.7bn in cuts

The NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, has described the move to slash funding to the state’s schools and the TAFE system as difficult but necessary. A report by the NSW government said: “The state government has had to make tough ...

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Disadvantage affecting school completion rates

Parents from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds are less likely to encourage their children to finish high school. About 60 per cent of children from low-SES households in Australia currently complete high school, while 90 per cent of students from ...

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Prepare for brave new (skilled) world

Australian educators must groom students for a future that will demand a high level of digital and global social skills, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) annual conference was told. A major shift in education is needed to prepare ...

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