Category Archives : Australian Education

Victorian schools curriculum update is a chance to build on teaching of design and technologies

The latest curriculum update is a call to action for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to implement equitable and consistent learning experiences for all secondary students by ensuring all students study design and technologies with a specialist trained teacher. The revised Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority curriculum for…

Why Sydney’s top private schools can be difficult neighbours

“A first-rate educational environment can build morale, provide opportunities for collaboration and improve outcomes,” he said. Sydney Grammar School’s Weigall Sports Complex in Rushcutters Bay has been criticised by residents, planning bureaucrats and state and local politicians. The community-based Paddington Society said the school’s building plans offered “little public benefit”,…

New online syllabus to save teachers hours of ‘opening multiple web pages’

Teachers used to be given thick, heavy syllabuses for each subject, and would sort through hundreds of pages to find what they needed. In the internet age, the books are online but not much else has changed. While the pages scroll, rather than turn, teachers still have to wade through…

Plan to end the 9am to 3pm school day in NSW

Some schools have already adopted changed school hours, including Merrylands East Public, which operates from 8am to 1.15pm, with playground supervision from 7.30am. It has a recess break and no lunch break but offers the same amount of teaching time as all public schools. NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the…

NSW schools going backwards on HSC achievement, graduates’ careers

The wellbeing of primary students – those who report a sense of belonging, advocacy and expectations for success – has fallen for the past three years and is now five percentage points from the target. However, secondary students’ wellbeing has improved, albeit from a much lower base. The 2020 data…

‘Probably Australia’s greatest international lawyer of all time’

James Crawford as a South Australian university student in the mid to late 1960s joined protests against the Vietnam War. It seemed to him, as it did so many of his generation, that the war was quite out of order. But where, for most students, that radical phase ended, Crawford…

We probably should have been wearing masks the whole time

“It [is] clear in Australia and other countries that use of masks and other COVID-19 measures also decreased influenza and other respiratory viruses,” Professor Raina MacIntyre, mask expert and head of the biosecurity program at the Kirby Institute, tells me. “For people with chronic diseases such as asthma, emphysema, heart…

There’s a lot at stake as the maths wars erupt

A new maths curriculum, released by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority in April has revived the “maths wars”. They are being waged alongside the “history wars” and the “reading wars”, also reinvigorated by the authority’s April curriculum releases. One side argues that the way we used to teach,…

Photos of the week, June 10, 2021

Photos of the week, June 10, 2021 Photos of the week, June 10, 2021 We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later. Dismiss Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 34 Images Photo Editor’s Choice: A week in photos from the award winning Sydney Morning Herald…

Photos of the week, June 10, 2021

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