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School Management

Confronting the issues

I am currently principal of Lightning Ridge Central School, which is where I’ve been since August of 2008. My teaching background was originally in the social sciences, particularly in geography and economics, but for the last few years I taught ...

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Investigating curriculum innovation

My current position is as deputy headmaster (curriculum) at Guildford Grammar School in Perth. I have been teaching for 23 years, working primarily in independent boys’ education. I really enjoyed my masters study, which had a strong emphasis on connecting ...

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Recruitment under the microscope

I have been a secondary school teacher of mathematics and science since 1985 following the completion of a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Flinders University. Initially I enrolled in the two semester Master of Educational Studies, upgraded to the three ...

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Journey from the ashes

From the charred remains of the devastating Black Saturday bushfires, Marysville Primary School stands rebuilt - nearly two years on - as a modern, 21st Century learning hub. The state-of-the-art design has profoundly challenged the school’s modest rural identity and ...

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Rehousing the canaries

My suggestion that we rethink support classes and the number and range of special schools when interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald recently was met with dismay by some who are concerned that this could reduce “choice” for students with ...

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A game that everyone loses

I can hardly bear to watch free-to-air television any more. Everything has been reduced to a competition. Cooking, dancing, singing, surviving – even living in a house. The whole world has been divided into winners and losers, and this will ...

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Champions for change

As educators, we know that we face the persistent problem of engaging adolescent students. We are aware that there is a link between the middle years and poor school retention in later years. And we are concerned that where you ...

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A second chance for success

Students who experience ongoing failure in upper-primary and lower-secondary school face a myriad of difficulties in pursuing post-school options and contributing to society through employment and aware citizenship. Those who exhibit consistent weaknesses in basic skills, such as the recall ...

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Pick of the bunch

The last decade has seen enormous and rapid change to the way professional development is conducted within Australian schools, as part of a bid to seek continuous improvement of teaching standards across the country. The most fundamental shift, says Associate ...

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State of play

Professional development and learning is a key way to implement reform at both a system-wide and school level. It is integral to the professional lives of teachers, not just an ‘add on’, and it is being shaped by standards-based reforms. ...

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