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Debate ramps up over phonics instruction

A dispute between experts has emerged on whether Australian schools should adopt the same Year 1 phonics check currently being conducted in the UK. Phonics refers to the relationship between sounds people hear in spoken language and words seen in ...

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Teens prefer print over e-books: study

New research shows teenagers still enjoy the age-old practice of sitting down and reading a hard-copy book. The preliminary findings of a study from Deakin University and Murdoch University researchers found that three-quarters of 12- to 16-year-olds prefer to read paper ...

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Snapchat joins fight against cyber-bullying

Snapchat, used by teens in schools all over Australia, has joined the Children’s eSafety Commissioner’s fight against cyber-bullying. Andree Wright, acting Children’s eSafety Commissioner, said Snapchat would now work with the office to remove cyber-bullying material posted on the app. The ...

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Few schools properly teach advanced maths: AMSI

Less than 7 per cent of schools in Australia are “fully able to give kids the best education in maths” at the advanced level, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute has estimated. AMSI director Geoff Prince made these comments to Education ...

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