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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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Kids’ commissioner a step closer

The Attorney-General has moved to set up a National Children's Commissioner who will ensure there is an independent, child-focused voice to advocate for children and young people at the national level. "We want to give kids the best start in ...

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Weathering the winds of change

The discipline of education seems to never be far from the spotlight of political and community focus. We see frequent calls from politicians, parents, economists and industry leaders to improve school learning outcomes by improving the quality of teachers. It ...

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Arts ‘short-changed’ in curriculum

A recent discussion of Dr Chris Sarra’s Stronger Smarter Program on Big Ideas (ABC Radio National) addressed the relationship of high expectations to attitudinal change in an indigenous school community. In building high expectations within a community of teachers, positive ...

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Librarians victims of financial struggle

Where did the notion of a “self-managed school (SMS)”, school based management (SBM), locally empowered schools, charter schools or independent public schools begin? Professor John Smyth of Flinders University gives us a lead. In a 1999 interview by Nick Davies ...

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A tale of two systems

I found the schools I visited in Finland to be much more relaxed than those I am familiar with in Australia. But this was not the lazy feeling of relaxation one feels on a holiday, rather it was a relaxed ...

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