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Indigenous students struggling in maths: report

Indigenous students are eight times more likely to fall behind in maths before Year 9 than non-Indigenous students, according to a new report. The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s (AMSI) 2017 Discipline Profile of the Mathematical Sciences revealed a concerning trend ...

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Population growth poses challenges for schools

Educators, particularly in our urban regions, are reflecting on their school’s future needs, including the design of their campuses, to support forecasted growth. Master plans can be helpful in supporting future growth and investment, while guarding against short-term missteps and ...

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The case against automated NAPLAN marking

Concern surrounds a move towards the automated marking of NAPLAN English exams. The Independent Education Union Australia this week released a statement opposing the proposal, which it says will undermine teacher professionalism, promote poor practice, and induce worry in parents. ...

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Why we need the phonics screening test

With a phonics screening test for Year 1 students soon to make its way into Australian schools, Oxford University Press has released a guide to help teachers navigate the changes. Written by Hayley Goldsworthy, the consultant trainer for Ruth Miskin ...

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How to get the most out of Gonski 2.0: Column

There is no clear link between school spending and student outcomes. Despite massive increases in government spending on schools in recent years, Australia’s literacy and numeracy results on international tests have declined. The focus of education policy must shift from ...

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Gaming as an educational tool

Electronic games tick all the boxes: they’re fun, challenging and stimulate reward responses in the brain. So how can they be effectively used in the classroom? This was the subject of a discussion led by Dr Bron Stuckey at the SMART ...

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Teachers win scholarships

To celebrate World Teacher’s Day, Australia’s best independent educators have been awarded scholarships and recognised for their efforts. Previously known as the Dedicated to the Dedicated Awards, the 2017 NGS Super Scholarship Awards encourage the professional development of teachers, management ...

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What’s making a splash in education literature

The market leaders of Australian education literature were brought to the forefront at the Educational Publishing awards recently. Sunshine Coast-based publishing company Firefly Education was once again recognised for making waves in the industry, taking out Best Student Resources for ...

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