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Time’s up

It’s back to the future for the island state. The Tasmania Tomorrow reforms have unravelled, with two of the three post-Year 10 educational authorities to be brought back under the ambit of the state education department. The controversial reforms – ...

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Major research on leadership underway

Teacher, project manager, marketer, plumber, psychologist, mediator and facilitator. At one time or another, modern school leaders are all of these things, and more. And given the series of major education reforms and initiatives introduced since the Rudd government was ...

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SRE standards under scrutiny

The government’s “hands off” approach to the delivery of scripture in NSW public schools has come under attack following details of variable teaching quality and professional standards. Australia’s first study of Special Religious Education (SRE) reported examples of extremism, indoctrination ...

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Seeing is believing

A new university mentoring program is providing student teachers with a more realistic school-based experience, enabling them to develop peer relationships with teachers. The program from Murdoch University’s School of Education provides student teachers with the opportunity to spend a ...

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Outrage over funding cuts to rural WA

WA Education Minister, Liz Constable is under pressure to reverse funding cuts to 21 regional high schools following a parliamentary inquiry recommending the funding be reinstated. Year 11 and 12 funding was removed from 21 District High Schools in a ...

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BER stands up to scrutiny

Primary school principals have welcomed the BER taskforce’s interim report, saying it has vindicated the positive view they took of the program all along. The report by taskforce chief, former investment banker Brad Orgill, said just 254 schools, or 2.7 ...

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Blast from the past

oth the Australian modern history and ancient history documents are relatively conservative and arguably represent a missed opportunity in terms of creating exciting new courses for the 21st Century, history teachers have said. In its submission on the draft senior ...

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The sum of its parts

Much like initial reaction to the draft K-10 national maths curriculum, teacher training and support has been highlighted as a key issue with the senior years’ draft. In its detailed submission the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) said this ...

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A new experiment

The senior science courses are too complex, overloaded with content and lack an overarching conceptual framework to sufficiently engage students, experts warn. Dr Christina Hart, senior lecturer in science education at the University of Melbourne said the senior years’ physics ...

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Gatekeeper & guide

Miffy Farquharson had a busy day yesterday.The head of the senior years’ library at Mentone Grammar School in Victoria met with several teachers to discuss upcoming assignments and then worked up a list of resources that students would find useful. ...

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