Category Archives: School management

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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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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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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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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Fixed-term teaching jobs the norm?

Once again, the perennial issue of short-term contracts in the teaching profession has reared its head. An article in The Age on January 4 highlighted statistics from the Australian Education Union (AEU), including the fact that 58% of new teachers … Continue reading

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Teacher performance appraisals: Finding the right balance

Should schools use student surveys as part of the performance appraisal process for their teachers? Continue reading

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Short-term contracts: 5 reasons they should stay

There has been substantial coverage in the media recently about the pressure short-term contracts (STCs) place on various stakeholders. Here are 5 reasons why STCs should remain a part of the education profession. 1)      Class sizes change according to student … Continue reading

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Getting bang for your advertising buck

Schools by their nature are often isolated in residential, rather than commercial, areas and the lack of flexibility in the school day means that school staff do not have the opportunity to network with staff from other (competing?) schools as frequently as staff in other (predominantly CBD-based) professions. Continue reading

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The hidden costs of school recruitment

A recent article in BRW magazine estimated the cost of a bad hire at over $60,000 once the direct and indirect costs of the above activities have been factored in. Clearly it is essential to ensure that you are employing best practice recruitment processes. Many schools now employ HR managers to oversee the recruitment function and it has been standard practice to engage recruitment consultants to conduct a nationwide – even worldwide – search for a new Principal. Continue reading

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