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How to build a hardy teacher

Caroline Mansfield is teaching teachers resilience on a global scale. The Murdoch University associate professor’s program, the sunnily named Building Resilience in Teacher Education (BRITE), has 5,000 users and counting. Resilience – the capacity to quickly bounce back after setbacks – ...

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Number of qualified teachers on the rise

Australia is now home to at least 3,000 more postgraduate qualified teachers compared to a decade ago, according to a new report. The report from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) shows that about 18, 000 students graduated from ...

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New teachers to be put to the test

If you’ll become a qualified teacher next year, you may want to read even more closely. From 2018, you’ll be expected to pass a performance test before you can graduate. Education Minister Simon Birmingham announced this policy today, in a bid ...

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Over a thousand teachers share why they entered the profession

Why choose teaching? Australian Catholic University’s Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) asked a random sampling of 12,854 Queensland-registered teachers. Just over 1,160 responded – which makes it the largest-ever current teacher survey – and the results were illuminating, if not unexpected: ...

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Report uncovers startling teacher statistics

The teacher brain drain continues, NAPLAN’s substantially unwanted, and stress levels are untenable. Those are just some of the disquieting findings from a new Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) and Australian College of Educators (ACE) teacher survey. From over 300 teachers surveyed ...

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Australians trust school teachers more than ever

Teachers may be flustered by the advent of the My School website, showing individual schools’ NAPLAN scores, but perhaps they needn’t be. A Roy Morgan Research survey has revealed they are the fourth most trusted professionals in Australia. The market ...

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NAPLAN: a force for good or evil?

“I always say in jest to people, if you type NAPLAN in a Word document or on the computer, it autocorrects to NAPALM, which I think says it all.” Associate professor Michael Nagel, an educational psychologist at the University of ...

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