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A ‘free range’ school, three years on: EduTECH 2018

Templestowe College, in Melbourne's north-east, is the antithesis of ordinary. Though it has typical markers: public, mostly middle-class, and average NAPLAN results, its teaching style is radical. While Year 8-level literacy and numeracy attainment is mandated, almost everything else isn't. There are ...

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Mental health in schools: the new #MeToo?

"Like #MeToo, we need a hashtag," Lynne Symons declared. The former principal of the largest school in South Australia – now an educational leadership consultant – was referring to the need for greater awareness of the mental health crisis among Australian principals, ...

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Lighting the flame: Growing lifelong learners

A principal uses her experiences in Tonga and Japan to grow lifelong learners. Trudy Moala has led primary schools for 24 years. Starting her career in Adelaide as a primary school teacher, her life took an intrepid turn when she travelled ...

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NAPLAN week draws multifaceted critique

Months before controversial NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes called for NAPLAN to be scrapped last week, change.org user Sparkt started an online petition in this vein. In the interim, a retired MIT professor slammed the tests, calling them "bizarre". Some Australian experts joined him; ...

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Principal profile: Dr Paul Rijken

After falling into teaching when his original career plans stalled, this Adelaide principal set out to make his mark in education. A dynamic, visionary and authentic Catholic school leader who is passionate about leading contemporary educational change, informed by research, ...

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