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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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CIS report puts spotlight on religious schools

Criticisms and concerns have plagued the release of a new report suggesting religious schools produce students with more liberal and tolerant social attitudes and higher rates of civic participation. ‘The Rise of Religious Schools in Australia’, a new paper by ...

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Flat salary scale a hindrance for Australia: OECD

Over the last decade Australia has witnessed one of the largest increases in starting salaries for graduate teachers compared with its international colleagues. However, Australia’s flat salary scale could compromise its ability to retain its teaching workforce in the long ...

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Culture clash

Racial tensions in the community are spilling over into schools with new research showing 80 per cent of migrant students report experiencing racism. Intercultural and racial tensions are generating unsettling levels of verbal and physical abuse in Australian high schools, ...

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Early diagnosis of problems is key: research

Children with special health care needs in early childhood may be more prone to social and learning difficulties in their first years of school, new research has found. Children with chronic physical, developmental, behavioural or emotional conditions requiring health and ...

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