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Report reveals most in-demand jobs in Australia

Contrary to popular thought, it’s construction, not coding, that’s most in-demand by employers. The 2017 Soft Skills in Demand Report, released yesterday, revealed this surprising fact.  Report issuer, JobGetter, analysed 168,000 job ads across 54 industries before reaching this conclusion. ...

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Population growth poses challenges for schools

Educators, particularly in our urban regions, are reflecting on their school’s future needs, including the design of their campuses, to support forecasted growth. Master plans can be helpful in supporting future growth and investment, while guarding against short-term missteps and ...

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Science teacher’s nuclear idea rewarded

When Brett McKay opens doors to a nuclear reactor, he hopes to open the minds of his students as well. Enrolments in physics classes at Kirrawee High School have increased four-fold under his watch and it’s little wonder why. For ...

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The case against automated NAPLAN marking

Concern surrounds a move towards the automated marking of NAPLAN English exams. The Independent Education Union Australia this week released a statement opposing the proposal, which it says will undermine teacher professionalism, promote poor practice, and induce worry in parents. ...

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NSW teacher sacked over pedophile letters

A Catholic primary school teacher who asked NSW students to produce letters and drawings for a jailed pedophile has been dismissed. The Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW) on Tuesday confirmed the female teacher had been sacked but stressed the letters ...

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VIC pot dealer students avoid suspension

Two young students caught dealing marijuana at a elite girls’ state school have avoided suspension but police are investigating the playground bust. The Melbourne Girls College students, aged 12 or 13, were dealing marijuana on school grounds when caught by ...

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Why we need the phonics screening test

With a phonics screening test for Year 1 students soon to make its way into Australian schools, Oxford University Press has released a guide to help teachers navigate the changes. Written by Hayley Goldsworthy, the consultant trainer for Ruth Miskin ...

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School changes for WA kids on sex charges

Children charged with sex offences will no longer be allowed to attend West Australian schools if they are deemed a risk to other students. Education Minister Sue Ellery promised a review in March after reports of students sexually assaulting other ...

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How to get the most out of Gonski 2.0: Column

There is no clear link between school spending and student outcomes. Despite massive increases in government spending on schools in recent years, Australia’s literacy and numeracy results on international tests have declined. The focus of education policy must shift from ...

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Parents, teachers struggle to spot a depressed child

Primary aged children can suffer depression yet many parents struggle to spot the signs of a mental health problem in their children, a national poll has found. Research released from The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Child Health Poll found only a ...

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