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Department tackles retention

A four-year longitudinal study will track nearly every Year 10 student in Tasmania to identify why drop-out rates are among the worst in the country. The ARC funded project, to be conducted by the University of Tasmania and the Department ...

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Positive psychology tested

In an Australian first, two NSW schools will take part in a Harvard University-based trial of positive psychology programs aimed at improving student wellbeing. The study's lead researcher, Dr Suzy Green from the University of Sydney's Coaching Psychology Unit said ...

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Program boosting indigenous uni participation

An upbeat mentoring program operating in 10 universities has set its sights on closing the gap on indigenous high school completion and university entry, after expanding exponentially in the six years since it was established. The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience ...

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Research on principals’ views underway

Principals feel under siege from the system, the weight of increasing regulation and accountability and a lack of funds and resources, the findings of new qualitative research has shown. The role of principal is now so diverse it is far ...

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Trainees head to disadvantaged schools

A landmark education program that puts the brightest trainee teachers into disadvantaged schools across Queensland is expanding after its first year. Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Faculty of Education is recruiting its top third-year Bachelor of Education students to complete ...

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Teacher bonus scheme panned

Education experts, parent groups and professional associations and unions are broadly critical of the government's planned system of pay bonuses for 25,000 of Australia's 'best teachers'. Some agree with the scheme in principle, but have raised concerns about the metrics ...

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Disability funds welcomed by sector

The Gillard Government's pre-budget announcement of $200 million to provide support for students with a disability is to be applauded as it recognizes this sizable group of students who have not been directly targeted by State and Territory implementation of ...

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New and improved?

The new version of My School is an improvement on its predecessor, having succeeded in adding more context and additional measures by which a school’s performance can be viewed. However, experts have cautioned against using this data as a crude ...

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