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Principals directly influence exam results: study

University of Melbourne economists have determined that school principals have a direct impact on students’ scores in standardised testing, such as NAPLAN. Using Victorian Education Department public school data, economist Dr Mick Coelli found that principals who set clear strategic objectives ...

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Measure students’ soft skills: Mitchell Institute

A university think tank wants the soft skills of schoolchildren to be measured, including critical thinking ability, work ethic and sense of community responsibility. The report Education data: Harnessing the potential, from Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, states that these attributes should ...

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For teachers looking to chill out

Talk to most teachers, and they’ll tell you their job involves a fair share of stress. Many published studies show some stress can be good. It hones focus and helps you get things done. But too much stress can be very, ...

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Ritalin linked to higher heart disease risk in kids

The controversial hyperactivity drug Ritalin has been linked to an increased risk of heart rhythm problems. A new study found that the drug frequently used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with an increased risk of abnormal heart ...

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