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Birmingham puts unis on notice over admissions process

The Australian university system has been put on notice regarding the "opaque" ATAR admissions system. Education Minister Simon Birmingham used his keynote address at the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference to express his dissatisfaction with unmet demand and unclear processes. ...

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2 Islamic schools lose federal funds, 4 on notice

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has placed four schools on notice until April 11 regarding their finances, after cutting funding for two schools in Sydney and Canberra for "inappropriately" using taxpayer money. Birmingham said the schools put on notice – in Brisbane, Melbourne, ...

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Vertical schools marry education, urbanisation

Victoria's first 'vertical school' has passed the design stage. Melbourne-based architecture firm Hayball has released several concept images of its planned primary school at Fishermans Bend, a post-industrial area on the edge of the Melbourne CBD. Vertical, or high-rise, schools use office ...

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Robot helps bring new curriculum to the classroom

"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” – CS Lewis Like plants need water to grow, we believe learning requires inquiry to flourish. We have a 58-centimetre-tall NAO humanoid robot named P!nk at Our ...

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How schools can deal with death

When Christopher Hall was in primary school, a fellow student from his year failed to show up to class on Monday. The teacher simply said he wouldn’t be coming to class anymore. It turned out that over the weekend this young ...

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Hunger, poverty, bullying impair youth, but they’re dealing

Despite the young adolescent period's significant physical, intellectual and emotional foment, the children-cum-teens in this 8–14-year-old age group receive relatively little attention from policymakers and academics. That is one of the findings from The Australian Child Wellbeing Project (ACWP) report prepared ...

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