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Could exams be as stressful as bear attacks?

What’s more stressful, end-of-year exams or a bear attack? Common sense would suggest the latter, but one educational expert has said some students find exams so nerve-racking that the stress response triggered in a test setting is similar to that ...

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Schools must listen to children who report abuse: commissioner

No matter how rare child sexual abuse may be, an appropriate response is urgently needed when it does occur, one member of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has stated. Commissioner Helen Milroy, a West Australian psychiatrist for children and adolescents, said: ...

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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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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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