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Review could help tradies become teachers

The federal government has launched a national review of teacher registration to improve consistency and teacher quality across the country. Minister for education and training Simon Birmingham said the National Review of Teacher Registration had been endorsed by all states ...

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Schools failing to slim down children: study

A year-long, UK schools-based anti-obesity program has failed to trim children’s waistlines. Published by journal The BMJ, a study found that the program, which involved increased physical activity, a healthy eating plan, and family nutrition workshops, had no real effect on ...

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New laws punish sexual misconduct in schools

The NSW government has today introduced harsher penalties for any teacher found to have a sexual relationship with a student. The Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 will close existing loopholes and expand sex offence penalties to include teachers who do ...

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The case for a review of NAPLAN

After a successful campaign to scrap the compulsory rollout of NAPLAN online testing in Queensland, experts are asking the inevitable question: is NAPLAN testing still worthwhile? University of the Sunshine Coast’s associate Professor Michael Nagel specialises in research on childhood ...

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Teen scientists stun with inventions

A robotic window cleaner, a water filter made from agricultural waste, and a prawn shell-based plastic. These sound like the creations of experienced researchers, but they are in fact the respective brainchildren of Australian highschoolers Oliver Nicholls, Minh Nga Nguyen and Angelina Arora. For ...

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CSIRO teaches Melbourne girls cybersecurity

As part of Safer Internet Day today, the CSIRO is bringing cybersecurity sessions, real-world STEM skills and the latest research into Melbourne Girls College. CSIRO STEM professionals will be at the school to discuss the changes moulding the new data-driven ...

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Principal Certification Advisory Board appointed

Principals Australia Institute has filled the seats of its Principal Certification Advisory Board which will monitor the implementation of principal certifications. Members joining the board include Rob Nairn, Michael Battenally, Anne Ford, Chris Presland and Robyn Thorpe, under the leadership of ...

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Indigenous students stick to study: report

More indigenous students are staying on until Year 12 than ever before, new figures show. The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ annual report card on schools, released on Friday, shows the retention rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students rose ...

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Experts respond to education innovation plan

Education experts are discussing the challenges associated with an increasing focus on STEM subjects, after a strategic plan on innovation was released yesterday. The government-commissioned plan Australia 2030: Prosperity through innovation emphasised the need to improve the teaching of science, ...

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