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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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Trans issues raise bathroom quandary for schools

You could be forgiven for never having stopped and considered the prefixes ‘trans-‘ and, especially, ‘cis-‘, until fairly recently. Much of the developed world has been tumbling along without bothering too much about the complexities and fluidity of the gender ...

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How to put students at the heart of timetabling

Timetabling methods have shifted from blackboards that endlessly change, to pieces of cardboard with lots of coloured pins, to hundreds of post-it notes on a whiteboard, and now timetabling software. But one thing remains the same: school timetables can be ...

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The best inclusive schools are subtle: architect

Inclusiveness should be integrated subtly into a school’s design, an architect has argued. Wayne Stephens, a partner at Melbourne architects ClarkeHopkinsClarke, said the best inclusive environments are those designed to be so “without it being very evident”. There is also no one-size-fits-all approach ...

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Rising trend: schools could soon mark Sydney skyline

Schools could soon become a prominent feature in Sydney’s skyline, the architects of the city’s newest high-rise school have argued. Parramatta’s upcoming 14-storey Arthur Phillip High School, with its adjoining Parramatta Public School, is the figurehead of the NSW Education ...

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