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Trying out the big chair

A South Australian primary school is one of the first to register for a national initiative that helps young people understand leadership. Students around the country will step into the shoes of the principal on June 6 as part of ...

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Improve lessons, don’t punish teachers

The Federal government’s performance framework is a chance for schools to focus on the positives and improve pedagogy. By Gerard Alford The recommendation by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership to make lesson observations part of the teacher ...

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Games are much more than mere entertainment

I recently presented a demonstration of a game called SuperBetter to my school counselling colleagues. My boss was genuinely surprised when she realised it did not involve shooting anything with powerful weapons, flinging birds into objects or chasing medieval goblins ...

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VET in schools needs support

Almost a quarter of a million young Australians choose vocational education and training (VET) as part of their pathway to school completion. However, despite good policy intentions and well established recognition of VET in Schools (VETiS) within our senior secondary ...

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How language changed harmful attitudes

In the early 1970s across the two major contributors of educational direction, the US and the UK, there were two significant and influential bodies of work that became the shapers of provision for students with special educational needs. In the ...

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Building bridges not barriers

Schools regularly create artificial barriers that prevent potentially capable students of completing rigorous upper school courses. These include requirements for A grades in certain subjects at year 10, in order to take a particular subject in years 11 and 12. ...

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Schools must be wary of corporate ‘help’

The furore following the recent announcement that the Jenny Craig chief executive, Amy Smith, would address a gathering of hundreds of girls’ school teachers has once again brought the uncomfortable issue of corporate presence in schools to light. The public ...

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