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BER stands up to scrutiny

Primary school principals have welcomed the BER taskforce’s interim report, saying it has vindicated the positive view they took of the program all along. The report by taskforce chief, former investment banker Brad Orgill, said just 254 schools, or 2.7 ...

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Blast from the past

oth the Australian modern history and ancient history documents are relatively conservative and arguably represent a missed opportunity in terms of creating exciting new courses for the 21st Century, history teachers have said. In its submission on the draft senior ...

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The sum of its parts

Much like initial reaction to the draft K-10 national maths curriculum, teacher training and support has been highlighted as a key issue with the senior years’ draft. In its detailed submission the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) said this ...

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A new experiment

The senior science courses are too complex, overloaded with content and lack an overarching conceptual framework to sufficiently engage students, experts warn. Dr Christina Hart, senior lecturer in science education at the University of Melbourne said the senior years’ physics ...

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Gatekeeper & guide

Miffy Farquharson had a busy day yesterday.The head of the senior years’ library at Mentone Grammar School in Victoria met with several teachers to discuss upcoming assignments and then worked up a list of resources that students would find useful. ...

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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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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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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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