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Getting on the same page

Initial expert reaction to the draft senior years’ national curriculum in English, maths, history and science has been mixed. But most commentators agree there is not enough clarity around how assessment and reporting will occur or the role of individual ...

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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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The loss of innocence

Frank’s* childhood was brutal and unfeeling, like the military discipline that governed his family home. From a young age, his abusive army officer father beat him repeatedly. His mother, who was emotionally absent, often sent him to school without lunch. ...

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The truth behind Jimmy the lazy bones

Jimmy needs to try harder. Jimmy must make more effort. Jimmy needs to apply himself more. New research has found that attributions of laziness, reflected in teacher comments such as these, could be masking cognitive, learning, attentional or emotional problems ...

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Revolution has its limitations

The total number of students undertaking a VET in Schools program increased by 25 per cent in 2008. School-based apprentices and trainees increased by 71 per cent while the number of students enrolled in other VET in Schools programs increased ...

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A question of self perception

As a pre-service teacher, taking control of a classroom of 30 bright-eyed, vivacious young students for the very first time is often a daunting and complex task. The distracting clatter of children talking can be especially nerve-racking for the novice ...

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Making the grade

The draft national professional standards for teachers have been released for consultation and, much like the national curriculum, have the profession talking. The standards describe what is required of teachers at four levels of professional expertise – graduate, proficient, highly ...

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