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Casting a wider net

The recent media reports highlighting the launch of My School and the subsequent publication of league tables has prompted fresh public debate about how we measure and report school performance. The launch provides a timely reminder about the risks of ...

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Mind the other gaps

Because of the sheer significance of the issue, the Australian College of Educators has taken up the opportunity to respond to the Indigenous Education Action Plan 2010 – 2014. The draft is but the latest of a long line of ...

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A precious national resource

For residents of inner Sydney, barely a week passes without a dazzling and noisy fireworks display. No doubt these spectacles bring enjoyment, their value possibly diminished by their frequency. Lately, however, while watching the pyrotechnics and wearing my ACE badge, ...

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Voice of the Profession

We want our profession to be among those recognised by the community, including governments, for their expertise and capacity to contribute to public debate, policy directions and priorities. If educators want our voice to be heard, we have, of course, ...

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It’s time to refocus on the purposes of education

These ‘reforms’ invariably focus on single issues – pedagogy, organisational structures and processes, curriculum, teacher professional development, accountability and so on – and rarely form part of a coherent whole. The so-called ‘education revolution’ is an example of a number ...

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Australian education reform

Current education policy (National Curriculum Board, 2009) appeals to the needs of the economy to justify and drive initiatives and funding to address the problems in education. It brings to the forefront thinking that has infl uenced education policy over ...

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Training for the top spot

Cathy Wever reports. As the foundation principal of a fledgling institution Kerrie Heenan decided to take advantage of the Victorian education department’s Professional Coaching for Principals program, in order to cement and develop the skills of her leadership team. Heenan’s ...

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A caring career

Midwives – they’re never middle of the road A midwife guides a woman and her partner through pregnancy, childbirth and the early days as a parent. Midwives are usually based in public and private hospitals, working in labour wards and ...

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Big and growing

Growing plants and animals for food and fibre is a both ancient and cutting edge. There is no other industry with such opportunities and responsibilities. Think about it: high water use, sustainable challenges, feeding the hungry, propping up the Australian ...

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