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Defying ATARs and reaching for the stars

January is a quiet and relaxing time for students transitioning from the hectic nerves of high schools' final days to the exciting dawn of a new academic experience at university. As each sunny day passes, however, anxious anticipation starts taking ...

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Malek Fahd Islamic School to fight funding cut, again

Sydney’s Malek Fahd Islamic School will continue the fight for public funding, with its management now intending to lodge an appeal to the Federal Court. On December 23 2016, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) upheld the federal Education Department’s decision to ...

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Tribunal upholds $19 million cut to Islamic school

Australia’s largest Islamic school will have its $19 million in annual federal funding cut, following a decision by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). Explaining the decision, Bernard McCabe, AAT deputy president, said he was not satisfied that Malek Fahd Islamic ...

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Debate ramps up over phonics instruction

A dispute between experts has emerged on whether Australian schools should adopt the same Year 1 phonics check currently being conducted in the UK. Phonics refers to the relationship between sounds people hear in spoken language and words seen in ...

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Boosting poor PISA results starts in preschool: ACER

The Program for International Student Assessment  (PISA) is a standardised literacy, numeracy and science test of 15-year-olds across 72 countries, conducted by the OECD. Yet it doesn’t measure rote learning. Rather, it tests whether kids can apply their knowledge to real-life scenarios. For Aussie students, this task has proved difficult. Like ...

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