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Shake-up of funding proposed

The Gonski school funding review panel has been told that it is possible to create and administer a single benchmark for baseline funding of all Australian schools, to which financial 'loadings' could be added to reflect school and student characteristics. ...

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Teacher placements raised with inquiry

Serious concerns about the ability of universities to secure placements for pre-service teachers have been raised with the Productivity Commission's inquiry into the schools workforce, with faculty staff calling for a re-think of government plans to uncap the number of ...

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Back to the drawing board for science education

Getting students to create their own images of scientific concepts instead of just having them copy existing models and diagrams helps them grasp complex concepts more easily, a study says. Deakin University's Professor Russell Tytler, chair of science education, is ...

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Get the politics out of policy: experts

The present ministerial council for education is an ill-designed and ill-suited body for formulating and driving a national vision and a national agenda for education, says the recipient of the highest award conferred by the Australian College of Educators NSW. ...

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Bush kids battle to reach benchmarks

Children living in remote areas are up to 50 per cent less likely to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards, new analysis by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found. The Headline indicators for children's health, development and ...

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Curriculum tops professional learning wish list

Implementing the national curriculum and improving and managing staff and teacher performance top the list of professional development interests among principals, new research has found. Preliminary findings from the Principals Australia national survey of school leaders has found that principals ...

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No financial asset breakdown till 2013

Plans to make public more detailed breakdowns of school financial information have been delayed at least 18 months, with the government confirming the data won't be included on the next version of My School. School education minister Peter Garret, who ...

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Research to boost indigenous teachers

Developing a complete picture of what elements will encourage more young indigenous people to become teachers is a primary goal of new research being undertaken by the University of South Australia's David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER). ...

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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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