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School Management

Training tomorrow’s teachers

The importance of quality teaching to student learning and development is undeniable. Decades of research have given us a clear picture of what quality teaching looks like and how teacher expertise develops. The big challenge is to have more high ...

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A sizeable issue

Conflict has often appeared concerning ideal class size. Educators have long argued that students do better in smaller classes, but fiscal conservatives and those who want to reduce public school funding have claimed that students do just as well in ...

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Fixing the foundations

The most recent United Nations data continues to show that the four main Nordic European nations – Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland – have much lower levels of poverty, far less inequality, and much greater wellbeing, among children than do ...

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Who’s the boss?

Over the coming months, 1000 public schools across the country will apply for, and be granted, the authority to become self-managing. Under the reforms, schools and their leaders will be able to control their own budgets, select and appoint all ...

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Restless for rigor

Given innovation is at the core of what it does, and how it does it, the Australian Science and Mathematics School in South Australia has placed postgraduate studies at the centre of its professional learning program. It’s a smart move, ...

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Fulfilling the mission

Catholic schools in Australia have always been conscious of their mandate towards those who are disadvantaged. At a time when Mary MacKillop’s commitment to educating the poor has been drawn to public attention, the leaders of Catholic systemic schools (locally-based ...

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From the fringe

Thinking about marginalised young people is a necessity for teachers in both mainstream and alternative schools. Finding ways of responding to marginalisation entails understanding the condition and mentality of marginalised young people. It also requires learning from the teachers who ...

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Conflicts, conundrums and the greater moral good

Following a mild heart attack, Craig*, a senior mathematics teacher, returned to work physically and emotionally exhausted. Once a successful and experienced teacher, Craig now failed to engage with his students. Unmotivated and unfocused, Craig’s authority and discipline in the ...

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Mastering the future

Boys’ Town in Sydney’s south caters for 32 enrolments in its residential and day programs for students at risk of entering state care or the juvenile justice system, and works intensively with at least 60 families each year. Students at ...

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A yearning to understand

I am the head of Department of Health and Physical Education at Rossmoyne Senior High School and have been at my current school for 10 years. Postgraduate studies are very intellectually stimulating. I am developing a greater understanding of why ...

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