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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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Futurist predicts kids’ destinies

Phil Ruthven AM is no ordinary futurist. As the founder of global economic and social market research firm IBISWorld and the newly-formed Ruthven Institute, he has nearly fifty years of experience, as well as access to volumes of big data, to ...

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Suicidal teens suffer poor sleep, bullying

Family trauma, bullying, poor sleep and living in a single-parent home have been identified as common risk factors for suicidal behaviour among Australian adolescents. Researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute reviewed all admissions to the mental health unit at ...

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Vic trio charged over failed learning tool

A former public servant is one of three people charged following a corruption investigation into a failed learning tool for Victorian state schools. Former education department deputy secretary Darrell Fraser, IT company CSG managing director and chief executive Julie-Ann Kerin, ...

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NRA links US school violence to Ritalin

The incoming president of the US National Rifle Association has linked deadly school shootings and other violence to the use of medications like Ritalin. Oliver North, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, told Fox News on Sunday that perpetrators of school ...

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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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How two different NAPLAN approaches affected students

Would it matter whether your school intensely coached students for NAPLAN, as opposed to taking a ‘business as usual’ approach? Researchers from Flinders University analysed these two ‘NAPLAN cultures’. Indeed, they found ‘stark’ differences between them. Perhaps unsurprisingly, dissatisfaction and fear ...

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