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Opinion: the pressure-cooker lives of Singapore’s teachers

Twelve-hour days and big classes are realities that Singapore’s teachers face daily. Such conditions create stressful work environments which impede their capacity to live up to their global reputation for teaching excellence. They are usually too exhausted to be the classroom innovators they ...

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Education is probably more gender-equal than you think

Women may be better-educated but they’re not being paid more. The latest gender equality scorecard from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has revealed that, on average, men earn over $26,000 more than women annually. This represents a wage gap of 22.4 per cent. ...

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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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