Category Archives: Education policy

Addressing concerns about Australian students’ performance

The PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) global report from December 2013 delivered some negative news about the Australian education system, suggesting that a generation of teenagers had dumbed down their learning. Factors such as unruly classrooms, bullying and poor … Continue reading

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Positive Education: When The Ultimate Aim is a Student’s Well-being

Around the world, an increasing number of schools are signing up to positive psychology methods, which aims to foster well-being and happiness in young students. Positive education theory is not as new as it seems; indeed, its roots can be … Continue reading

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What time would you like to start school?

Templestowe College, in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs, will offer three distinct start times from 2014 in response to research around adolescent sleep patterns. Students will have the option of starting school at 7.15, 9 or 10.15am, with corresponding finish times of … Continue reading

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School funding moves forward

In September this year, the government responded to the review and promised legislation that would set up a new funding framework and enshrine the government’s goal of having Australia in the top five schooling systems in the world by 2025. Continue reading

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Finnish education guru Pasi Sahlberg In Conversation

Finnish education guru Pasi Sahlberg In Conversation Much has been made over the past twelve months of Australia’s desire to place higher in the OECD rankings of quality national education systems. This interview features one of Australia’s leading current educational … Continue reading

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PM: “Find funds for schools”

Find funds for schools, PM tells states AAP, 3 September PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has challenged the states to put children first and find billions for Labor’s new schools funding model, which has won the support of business and most … Continue reading

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Responses to the Government’s Gonski Response

Well, finally, the Government yesterday laid out in glorious detail its response to the Gonski Review of funding for schools. Oh, hang on. That’s what should have happened, but if the widespread and immediate disappointment about the lack of detail … Continue reading

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Dear Mr Baillieu…

The $5 Billion annual investment in Australia’s future, as recommended by the Gonski review of education funding, actually represents an ENORMOUS cost saving compared to the tens of billions this country will spend on fighting (juvenile) crime and building more prisons. Continue reading

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Performance management for teachers

Federal and state education ministers approved a new performance and development framework for teachers, who will now face annual performance assessments from 2013. Continue reading

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More Phys Ed teachers needed!

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates has called for a greater emphasis on teaching sport in Australian schools in order to win more gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Continue reading

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