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New and improved?

The new version of My School is an improvement on its predecessor, having succeeded in adding more context and additional measures by which a school’s performance can be viewed. However, experts have cautioned against using this data as a crude ...

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Parents to pay for kids’ non-attendance

The parents of children who fail to attend school regularly will be prosecuted under legislative amendments to be introduced in the Northern Territory parliament this month. The draft legislation will broaden the powers of regional attendance officers to issue on-the-spot ...

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Look to Asia, alliance tells government

A renewed push to boost Asia literacy in Australian schooling is underway with government and education decision makers being called on to deliver a new national action plan. The call, spearheaded by the Asia Education Foundation, has been endorsed by ...

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Concerns mount over principal autonomy

Teachers and principals in Western Australia are raising major concerns about the creation of a two-tiered public education system, as a result of the state government’s Independent Public Schools (IPS) program. Their concerns come as the Gillard Government moves to ...

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The elements of best practice

Do science teachers in high performing countries do it better, or just differently? That’s the question a team of Australian researchers hopes to answer as they compare science teaching in the primary classrooms of Australia, Taiwan and Germany. The goal ...

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Educators fight ALTC closure

The government’s decision to close the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) is incompatible with its own commitment to boost the number of young people with a higher education qualification. Further, it goes against other key recommendations of the Bradley ...

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Dedicated to the disadvantaged

When Sharon Broadbent joined Northfield Primary School as deputy principal in 2002, student enrolment had fallen to 190. By the time she left as principal last year, enrolments were up to 340. It’s just one indicator of the impact the ...

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