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Vive le revolution

The return of Labor to government – albeit a minority government – is a positive development for Australian education if for no other reason than the long awaited review into schools funding will go ahead. That’s the view of many ...

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Good weather just won’t cut it

Australia needs to do more to attract and retain its immigrant teachers, as new research has found a third were dissatisfied with their experience of migrating to Australia. Further, 40 per cent had experienced significant periods of unemployment since their ...

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Raising the bar

The national accreditation of pre-service teacher education programs will raise the quality of teachers, improve teacher mobility and boost Australia’s international reputation for teacher training. Initial responses to the consultation paper for the new national system, recently released by the ...

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Time’s up

It’s back to the future for the island state. The Tasmania Tomorrow reforms have unravelled, with two of the three post-Year 10 educational authorities to be brought back under the ambit of the state education department. The controversial reforms – ...

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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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Major research on leadership underway

Teacher, project manager, marketer, plumber, psychologist, mediator and facilitator. At one time or another, modern school leaders are all of these things, and more. And given the series of major education reforms and initiatives introduced since the Rudd government was ...

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