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Mental health program boosts NAPLAN

With the success of its KidsMatter program Australia is becoming a leader in the field of social and emotional wellbeing support for young children, according to Katherine Dix, research fellow at the School of Education at Flinders University. Dix's recently ...

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Tasmania moves to four-term school year

Education minister Nick McKim said the change would mean better outcomes for students. "There is very strong evidence, and in the view of the advisory group compelling evidence, that there is a summer learning loss. That is, that students lose ...

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Schools reconfirm support for BER

Unions and principals have countered News Ltd reports that $1.9 billion of the Building the Education Revolution funds are yet to be spent. Norm Hart, president of the Australian Primary Principals Association, said that while a small proportion of the ...

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Teachers criticise lack of curriculum support

Teacher associations have criticised the lack of a coordinated national approach to professional development ahead of the national curriculum roll out. Acknowledging the curriculum's implementation is a jurisdictional responsibility, they are frustrated at the lack of action in many states ...

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TL report a good start, says sector

Australia's teacher librarian community has given a lukewarm reaction to the parliamentary inquiry report on their status and role in schools. The report, from the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment, cited previous research which showed the ...

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No surprises in federal budget

This year's budget was something of an anti-climax, as the major announcements for schools had already been made prior to the release of the budget papers. Big-ticket items, including the $425 million teacher rewards program and the $222 million investment ...

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Greens attack chaplaincy program

School chaplains are not required to meet minimum training standards, a recent senate estimates hearing was told. In response to questioning by Greens senator, Sarah Hanson-Young, DEEWR confirmed that program guidelines do not specify minimum qualifications. However, large religious providers ...

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Victoria and China sign education deal

The Victorian education minister, Martin Dixon has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Ministry of Education, committing to greater cooperation between the two governments. Dixon said the bilateral agreement, signed in May, would boost the number of students ...

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