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Take care in VET gold rush

There are now more pathways for school leavers to get a degree with the federal government mandating its desire to increase the number of undergraduate students by 2020. The changes mean that those with lower ATAR scores and people with ...

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Union asks government to clarify VET deal

The Australian Education Union has written to Tertiary Education and Skills Minister Chris Evans, along with the premiers and chief ministers of every state and territory, asking them to clarify their positions on aspects of the National Partnership on Skills ...

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Asia literacy back on agenda

School education looks set to feature strongly in the forthcoming white paper Australia in the Asian Century to be handed to the federal government in the next few months, submissions indicate. More than half of the 250 submissions to the ...

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Gonski coverage

ANALYSIS Having promised that no school would be worse off under the Gonski review’s proposed funding model, the federal government neutralised the greatest political risk: the spectre of an elite school hit list. That now leaves it dealing with the second ...

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What’s really happening in the garage

Jane Baker admits she used to think that teenagers played in garage bands purely for fun and the opportunity to “muck around with their mates”. Now she views garage bands as highly organised, goal orientated groups which place a high ...

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Bridging the gender gap

With Australian waistlines expanding, keeping young people active remains an ongoing challenge. Numerous studies, here and overseas, show that as children move through adolescence, many drop out of physical activity, organised sport and recreation. While this is the case across ...

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VET a ‘forgotten corner’ in report

The number of students doing Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools programs has steadily increased in recent years from 171,700 in 2006 to 233,800 in 2010, according to National Centre for Vocational Education Research statistics published in December 2011. In ...

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Impact for students with disabilities unclear

The thrust of the Gonski review’s formula for funding disadvantaged students, including those with a disability, is fairly straightforward. Take the schooling resource standard, a base amount, and add to it a loading, an additional amount, to reflect the cost ...

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Momentous discussions on funding ahead

GONSKI – ANALYSIS Implementation Having promised that no school would be worse off under the Gonski review’s proposed funding model, the federal government neutralised the greatest political risk: the spectre of an elite school hit list.  That now leaves it ...

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