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Launching the Teachers Standards’ website

The Standards were released by Education Ministers in February and are a public statement of what constitutes teacher quality. They define the elements of high-quality, effective teaching in 21st-century schools and provide a framework that makes clear the knowledge, practice ...

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AITSL’s First APP

The App lays out the exposure draft of the National Professional Standard for Principals. The Standard is represented as an integrated model that recognises three leadership requirements that a principal draws upon within five areas of professional practice. Pilot studies ...

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Focus on Leadership

Educational leaders from the government and nongovernment sectors, the professional associations, the institutes of leadership around the country and the teacher unions came together to hear the findings of the ten pilots studies which had been conducted to test the ...

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The expectations game

Schools are to teach students pet-care, philanthropy and entrepreneurialism from next term. Under new plans being considered by the ministry for education, maths and English are to be dumped to make way for new subjects including bush fire preparedness, swimming ...

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He said, she said

Anyone who thinks the debate over school funding is about school funding just hasn't been paying attention. The submissions now lodged with the Federal Review of Funding for Schools bristle with ideology, in a battle where proponents quote John Ralston ...

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The art of imitation

Quality placements for student teachers are vital components of all education degrees but they are currently underfunded and poorly structured. The lack of incentives for experienced teachers to supervise students on placement makes it increasingly difficult for universities to secure ...

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Moving Forward

Last year’s endorsement of the first four learning areas of the Australian Curriculum was historic. But it was also only the first step towards developing a comprehensive Australian Curriculum for all young people in this country. With 2011 well underway, ...

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Gaming the system

Some of you may have read an article in The Age on April 21 by Ross Gittins called ‘Looking to Aristotle for a guide on reform’. He argues that when governments think something is not working, such as schools, their ...

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Be part of the conversation

There have been many and varied theories about the causes of inequality in educational outcomes. In recent times there are those who would have us believe that inequity in education is all about the quality of the individual teacher. Yet ...

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