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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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Playing it safe

The community’s obsession with protecting children from perceived hazards and danger could be hampering the development of their competence and skill. Without sufficient exposure to the world around them, children may not learn how to interact, explore or protect themselves ...

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The first steps

A new position statement on best-practice for children starting school aims to marry research from around the world with emerging innovative practice. The statement was developed at a recent conference hosted by Charles Sturt University and attended by 14 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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No political endgame in sight for ethics pilot

Despite the release of an independent review endorsing the ethics trial, the major political parties remain tight-lipped on the future of ethics classes in NSW public schools. A spokesperson for education minister Verity Firth said a decision would be made ...

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