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VU’s Dawkins challenges ATAR’s relevance

A vice-chancellor has downplayed the relevance of the ATAR as a measure of potential student success – especially when it comes to teaching degrees. Professor Peter Dawkins, of Victoria University, argued that ATARs are often meaningless when measuring a student’s potential in university. ...

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Autism stigma blamed on poor training, funding

A stigma against autism is “reasonably common” throughout Australian schools, an expert has argued. A recent Senate inquiry found parents of kids with autism are actively discouraged by some schools from enrolling their child. This occurs across the public, independent and ...

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School preparation: make them want to go

Social wellbeing is more important than academic readiness when preparing kids for their first day of school, an expert has said. Professor Bob Perry, a Charles Sturt University expert on transitions to school, said parents should use the weeks before the ...

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Indigenous students get a taste of uni life at USYD

The University of Sydney is showing Aboriginal schoolchildren what it has to offer. Federal Education Department data reveals Indigenous enrolments at country universities far outweighs that at city counterparts, despite the fact that over the past two years, the Universities Admission Centre has recorded ...

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Parents lacking guidance on tech purchases: study

Price is guiding many parents' choice of educational technology, a new survey has found – but it shouldn't be. A study from Microsoft Australia has revealed just under a quarter of parents purchased the wrong piece of technology for their child’s learning. The study ...

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Maths contractor touts for-profit model

For-profit is the best model for educational enterprises to thrive, survive and teach – the co-founder of Maths Pathway has said. Maths Pathway, established by former teachers Richard Wilson and Justin Matthys, contracts with schools to develop mathematics learning models. It has delivered models ...

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