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Giving students a sporting chance

A national program which has proven to be effective in boosting educational outcomes for indigenous youth through extra-curricular activities faces an uncertain future, with government refusing to confirm its ongoing funding. An independent evaluation by the Australian Council for Educational ...

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The revolution rolls on

It’s clear that the Australian school education landscape is in for further profound change in 2012. Enhanced autonomy for 1000 principals under a national trial; the release of the Gonski panel’s review into school funding and the government’s subsequent response; ...

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Give the gifted a go, says study

Teachers and principals are broadly positive of academically accelerating gifted and talented children, but are often reluctant to do so for fear it could damage the child’s social and emotional development. Yet this is contrary to the reality that academically ...

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New strategy for Asia literacy: Garrett

A new stakeholder group to provide advice to government on how to boost Asia literacy in schools is to be convened shortly, Minister for School Education Peter Garrett has confirmed. The group will consist of educators, academics, teachers, the business ...

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Concern at our international ranking

A concerted effort to extend and challenge top performing students could start this year in the wake of the latest national testing results, comments by the government suggest. While the NAPLAN 2011 results showed the difficulties faced by indigenous and ...

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The man who put a second ‘e’ in learning

The stretched budgets of governments across the world could be the dawn of the learning revolution, says a leading educator from the UK. Professor Stephen Heppell, the chair in New Media Environments at Bournemouth University’s Centre for Excellence in Media ...

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More support for students with disabilities

SPECIAL REPORT When the Gillard government announced $200 million for students with disabilities in the budget in May this year, there was jubilation within the sector. For students, teachers and parents, the funding was a welcome response to many hard ...

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It takes guts to be healthy

The Gutsy Challenge, a national program with the two-fold aim of teaching children healthy eating habits and raising money for gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer research, has been so popular it has been extended into term four. The program is an initiative ...

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