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Boom or bust?

In the last two decades burdened by declining enrolments and negative public perception, Australia’s boarding schools have undergone significant professional transformation. Since 1990, boarding school enrolments have declined by 20 per cent and the sector has turned to specialist training ...

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Concerns over Grattan Institute report

The Grattan Institute’s damming report on teacher evaluation is narrowly focused, lacking in detail and should be read with caution, principals and teachers have warned. The report’s author Dr Ben Jensen ranked Australia 19 out of 23 countries in teacher ...

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Getting on the same page

Initial expert reaction to the draft senior years’ national curriculum in English, maths, history and science has been mixed. But most commentators agree there is not enough clarity around how assessment and reporting will occur or the role of individual ...

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An education on the land

Spending school holidays on her grandparents’ dairy farm in country Victoria meant Amanda Newton was a city girl who knew exactly where her milk came from. Like many, the Melbourne accountant was dismayed to hear tales of today’s children being so ignorant ...

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Public-private argument brewing

The debate around funding of independent schools is likely to dominate during the impending review of school funding, submissions to its draft terms of reference indicate. Despite talk that Australia has moved beyond the “old and tired” public-private divide in ...

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Tapping into tutors in the classroom

An ingenious concept that links school students with tutors online is being used by schools to address core literacy and numeracy skills. The service, Your Tutor, works in real time, addressing real student issues, using an army of PhD students ...

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The loss of innocence

Frank’s* childhood was brutal and unfeeling, like the military discipline that governed his family home. From a young age, his abusive army officer father beat him repeatedly. His mother, who was emotionally absent, often sent him to school without lunch. ...

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As good as it gets

It’s often said that university days are the best of your life. Now new research appears to corroborate, showing graduates are happiest in school and university and become less happy following graduation. School and university, quite literally, is as good ...

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The truth behind Jimmy the lazy bones

Jimmy needs to try harder. Jimmy must make more effort. Jimmy needs to apply himself more. New research has found that attributions of laziness, reflected in teacher comments such as these, could be masking cognitive, learning, attentional or emotional problems ...

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