Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bullying and Violence in schools

March 16 is Australia’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Education Minister Peter Garrett appeared on Channel 7′s Sunrise to talk more about it. You can watch the segment here. Federal and State education authorities have developed a … Continue reading

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Teach for Australia

What do you know about this program, designed to fast-track talented graduates into teaching jobs in disadvantaged schools? Teach for Australia (TFA), modelled on the similarly-named American system, has divided people who see it as a viable solution to Australia’s … Continue reading

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Teaching Religion in schools

The right of external groups to teach Religion in State schools has once again hit the front pages with three Victorian parents appearing in court this week to bring legal action against the Education Department on the grounds of discrimination. Continue reading

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The concept of free schools

The UK has introduced the concept of free schools to complement its increasing number of fee-paying academies. Except that we’re not sure where that leaves existing state schools? If there is such a thing as best practice education, shouldn’t the State be looking to provide it for everyone, rather than have a disjointed and multi-pronged approach on a number of strategies? Continue reading

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Funding vs. outcomes: The great divide

There are many stages at which teaching standards can be positively impacted. Deciding which is the most effective, and allocating funding accordingly is the biggest challenge ahead of the present Government in responding to the Gonski Review. Continue reading

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