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On borrowed time

With recent policy shifts towards social inclusion, school suspension and other exclusionary practices are outdated and seen as potentially harmful. Despite this, they are still common. In 2007, 12 per cent of Year 10 Victorian students aged 15 to 16 ...

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Avoiding the crisis

Areas of public policy tend to have their periods of dynamism and stability. Institutional obsolescence, internal and external shock, and political factors can all lead to policy turbulence and change. The change can ameliorate these pressures and allow relative stability ...

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Look out for the tip of the iceberg

Education stakeholder groups periodically call for more special education funding by citing large increases in the number of “integrated” students against much slower rises in support allocations. The research with Dr Naomi Sweller, reported in last month’s issue of Education ...

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Agitation Nation

Professor Jack Keating presents a visionary national reform agenda for Australian schooling. It is time for the community to adopt the language of radical dissent. The community must agitate for significant, systematic and sustained change. This is necessary if Australia ...

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A thirst for knowledge

A desire to share the theory behind Montessori schooling with fellow teachers and to promote the unique education method is what drove Steven Arnold to undertake postgraduate study. Since January, Arnold has been juggling a PhD at the University of ...

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The toxic power of labels

Jane Caro’s article (ER, February 2009) on the downside of gifted and talented or selective schooling, as evidenced by her daughter’s experiences, describes a scenario with which many parents of kids identified as G&T would be familiar. After the advantages ...

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Making this a year of change

When I was given the honour of being named Australian of the Year for 2009, I said I wanted to talk about the protection of the rights and human dignity of all Australians. I said that sometimes we don’t speak ...

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Power to the principal

Cathy Wever reports. Successful organisations have capable, confident, skilled leaders. Schools are no exception. To effectively run a school the person on the ground needs the ability to make a whole range of decisions. In other words, they need autonomy ...

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The power of your peers

Bringing principals from small rural schools together to collaborate and share resources is the aim of a three year research project taking place in Victoria. Professor Karen Starr and Dr Simone White, of Deakin University’s Centre for Educational Leadership and ...

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Redefining roles

Financial management. Human resources. Operations. Logistics. Stakeholder relations. Counselling. Planning. Communications. Marketing. Administration. Meetings. Reporting. Teaching. Mentoring. Leading. When it comes to being a school principal, the list of duties above represents the tip of the iceberg. The top job ...

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