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Concerns mount over principal autonomy

Teachers and principals in Western Australia are raising major concerns about the creation of a two-tiered public education system, as a result of the state government’s Independent Public Schools (IPS) program. Their concerns come as the Gillard Government moves to ...

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The elements of best practice

Do science teachers in high performing countries do it better, or just differently? That’s the question a team of Australian researchers hopes to answer as they compare science teaching in the primary classrooms of Australia, Taiwan and Germany. The goal ...

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Educators fight ALTC closure

The government’s decision to close the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) is incompatible with its own commitment to boost the number of young people with a higher education qualification. Further, it goes against other key recommendations of the Bradley ...

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Dedicated to the disadvantaged

When Sharon Broadbent joined Northfield Primary School as deputy principal in 2002, student enrolment had fallen to 190. By the time she left as principal last year, enrolments were up to 340. It’s just one indicator of the impact the ...

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Dollars and sense

Equity of educational outcomes, recurrent and capital funding, needs-based funding and support for students with special needs and students with a disability. These were among the key issues raised by over 70 education stakeholders who met with the panel leading ...

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Disability working group convened

Peak bodies and associations have welcomed the establishment of a working group to address the needs of students with disabilities and special needs. The group will provide advice to government on immediate priorities and strategies to improve the educational experience ...

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Debate over drug education in schools heats up

A leading report on preventative health in Australia has concluded school-based drug programs are ineffective and should be dumped. The five year study led by Deakin University provided a blueprint for government spending on prevention and included school drug education ...

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