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Poor teen readers fare OK in job market: study

Australian teenagers with poor reading skills are no worse off than those with medium reading proficiency when it comes to future employment, a new study from the University of Melbourne suggests. The research, from UniMelb economists, found poor readers at ...

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Two take nation’s top science teaching honours

Two teachers have taken the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching. Gary Tilley, a specialist science teacher at Seaforth Public School in Sydney’s Northern beaches, was awarded the honour in primary education, for mentoring younger teachers and Macquarie ...

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Disabled student data close to release

A clearer picture of how many disabled students in Australian schools need more funding to help them learn better should be available shortly after the ACT government is sworn back in. Education minister Simon Birmingham expects the picture will surprise ...

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Kids gone viral: perks, perils and social media policy

Emoticon. Webinar. Sexting. Digital technology is no stranger to wacky portmanteaus. A recent one is ‘sharenting’, which is the practice of parents or caregivers posting pictures of children to social media. This once-carefree activity, which acting Children’s eSafety Commissioner Andree Wright describes ...

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Study links PISA scores, classroom discipline

While a new study suggests the strict classroom discipline found in many East Asian countries contributes to higher Programme for International Student Assessment scores, evidence suggests it may also place a high mental health burden on these nations' students. "Work ...

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New website schools NSW parents on ethics class option

A website launched by Primary Ethics, the provider of ethics lessons in New South Wales, may help more parents become aware of the availability of non-religious ethics instruction for their children. Recently, the NSW Government made informing parents of kindergarteners about ethics lessons ...

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