Category Archives : Education

Student-teacher relationships banned for two years after school in Victoria

The Australian Education Union has questioned some of the amendments, saying in a submission to the institute that existing bans on student-teacher relationships do “not need to be further added to”. The new code was open to “varied interpretation and ambiguity”. “To be relevant and meaningful the code must enjoy…

Queensland teachers call for overhaul of NAPLAN tests

“It would give more precise results, so if the student gets a question right, the next question will be more challenging, and if they don’t, the questions will differ,” he said. “But it comes down to whether the schools can handle it with their internet connections, because if a computer…

NSW students lag Australia and world in learning second language: teachers

US Foreign Service Institute research shows it takes 480 hours to reach basic fluency in languages such as French or Spanish, and 720 hours in languages such as Arabic, Chinese and Russian. A review of the NSW curriculum called for every student to begin learning a second language at primary…

How Bluey became an Australian parent’s reference point for childhood development

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size It’s Saturday morning when the much-anticipated call comes. I pick up the phone to hear the unhurried and unmistakably Australian tonesof Joe Brumm, creator and writer of Bluey, the hit ABC TV kids’ cartoon about a blue heeler family living in Brisbane….

Lawyer began fight against Indigenous custody deaths in 1987

Noel James Olive was born in Sydney on January 24, 1931, one of six children of May (nee Williams) and Jack Olive. Living back in the city after bush adventures, he became a wharfie. After returning from China, his jobs included ironworker at a foundry and builders’ labourer. In the…

Citizen shut-out a simply heartless solution to crisis

Morrison is quoted as saying “we must never surrender the truth that the experience and value of every human being is unique and personal”. I suppose the Biloela family’s experience on Christmas Island is also unique and personal but I fail to see how it fits in with Morrison’s experience…

HSC, NAPLAN targets for every school, but principals warn of perverse outcomes

This has long been an accusation levelled at some private schools, who are accused of pushing students into easier subjects to maximise their band six results so they can look like strong performers in end-of-year HSC coverage. A band 6 in one subject is not equivalent to one in another….

Sydney to get more vertical schools in highly populated areas

Loading The 17-floor Arthur Phillip High School, which opened last year, staggers start and finish times to manage the movements of up to 2000 students throughout its tower. The 14-storey Inner Sydney High, on the site of the former Cleveland Street High in Surry Hills, also opened last year. In…

Equal pay decision could provide a path for Morrison government on gender equity

The Morrison Government’s new focus on women presents it with the chance to give extra funding tied to these pay increases, and to show support for the employment of qualified teachers in childcare. It is also an opportunity for the government to change the Fair Work legislation to make it…

Victorian state school teachers seek 7 per cent pay rise and smaller class sizes

The union would put teacher workload at the heart of its campaign for higher pay, Ms Peace said. “Despite their professionalism, exhausted teachers with excessive workloads who are teaching large classes can’t deliver the quality teaching and support our children need and deserve,” she said. Australian Education Union Victorian president…