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NT digs in on English-only position

The NT education minister Chris Burns has refused to back down on the territory's controversial English-only teaching policy, releasing a clarified but fundamentally unchanged version of the original policy. Dr Brian Devlin, a bilingual education expert from Charles Darwin University, ...

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A new wireless world

A husband and wife have put the western Sydney schools they teach at on the cutting-edge of technology by creating iPhone applications that enable students to access class materials, teachers to mark attendance and parents to order school lunches. Beaumont ...

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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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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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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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