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Building capacity, but slowly

The government’s P21 program looks set to achieve its intended outcomes, with economic indicators showing it helped reverse the decline in non-residential construction caused by the global financial crisis. However, the recently released report of the Auditor-General into the P21 ...

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Debate over teaching of climate change hots up

Leading science educators have defended the teaching of climate change against charges of classroom indoctrination – describing it as a matter of scientific literacy However, disagreement continues over teaching methods, with many arguing for its explicit and mandated place in ...

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Separated parents left in the dark

Schools may be unwittingly breaching federal legislation by failing to effectively deal with both parents following a separation or divorce. New research has found that despite a federal law stating both parents should have a role in their child’s education, ...

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An unholy war of words

A leading ethicist has hit back at criticism of the NSW trial into the teaching of ethics, describing the attack led by Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen as “false and distorted”. In an open letter published in Southern Cross magazine, Jensen ...

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Gonski to head funding review

It’s been billed as one of the most important chapters in the history of schools funding in Australia. The government’s promised review into the funding of schools is gathering steam with the announcement that chancellor of the University of NSW, ...

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As good as it gets

It’s often said that university days are the best of your life. Now new research appears to corroborate, showing graduates are happiest in school and university and become less happy following graduation. School and university, quite literally, is as good ...

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Back to the future

The new curriculum’s attempt to contextualise Australian history by locating it in the wider context of world events has been welcomed by historians and experts. But some have concerns the curriculum focuses too much on learning knowledge rather than acquiring ...

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From little things big things grow

The students of Bondi Public School have just finished harvesting yet another bunch of fennel. While a group of five children collect all the students’ gloves and hats and place them neatly in a basket, the others make their way ...

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The challenge of change

For several states the curriculum provides for more complex maths to be learned at an earlier age. While endorsing the content, mathematicians and teachers have expressed concerns about the capability of generalist primary teachers to deliver it. Some have flagged ...

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Good teaching key to improving results

Further, evidence from a major education review has found that England’s drive to raise standards has had mixed results, with positive gains coming at a price. The author behind the biggest enquiry into English primary education in 50 years, the ...

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