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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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Murdoch’s rally cry for schools

Billionaire owner of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, said schools remain 'the last holdout' from the world's digital revolution. Speaking at the recent e-G8 conference, Murdoch urged global Internet companies to use the creative force of the web to revolutionise the ...

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Department tackles retention

A four-year longitudinal study will track nearly every Year 10 student in Tasmania to identify why drop-out rates are among the worst in the country. The ARC funded project, to be conducted by the University of Tasmania and the Department ...

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Disability funds welcomed by sector

The Gillard Government's pre-budget announcement of $200 million to provide support for students with a disability is to be applauded as it recognizes this sizable group of students who have not been directly targeted by State and Territory implementation of ...

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Positive psychology tested

In an Australian first, two NSW schools will take part in a Harvard University-based trial of positive psychology programs aimed at improving student wellbeing. The study's lead researcher, Dr Suzy Green from the University of Sydney's Coaching Psychology Unit said ...

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