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Private schools’ capital spending outstrips public sector

Government schools such as Victoria Road Primary and Hampton Primary rely on capital grants, mostly from state governments. They also educate 65.7 per cent of Australian schoolchildren, federal data shows. But a report has revealed that in the decade to 2018, non-government schools outspent government schools on capital works by…

Public schools face cuts to cleaning

“Cleaners are integral to schools remaining open safely during this pandemic and the pressure is huge,” Ms Ryan said. “It is shocking that we would risk kids’ health by reducing a cleaner’s ability to do their job.” She said some cleaners who were currently working more hours than their bosses…

Victorian universities rise in world rankings

“[Australian universities] still have an excellent reputation and universities will aim to recover from this situation, but it’s going to be grim for a number of years.” All Victorian universities asked for voluntary redundancies last year as Australia slammed shut its borders and Prime Minister Scott Morrison told international visitors…

Time to bring this tragic human farce to an end

THE FORUM Check-in checkersI was in Sydney recently and before entering a workplace, I was required to download the NSW government app and register my details. I then had to show the person at the entry a screen shot that my registration had been successful and then I had to…

Why Australia’s maths problem is getting worse

The country also has a maths confidence problem, which extends to teachers, too. “We know that a high proportion of primary teachers don’t like teaching maths, they’re not confident in teaching maths, and they don’t necessarily teach it well,” says Sue Thomson from the Australian Council for Educational Research. Curriculum…

Victorian school teachers fear classroom return: ‘We’re like sacrificial lambs’

Ms Parker said she was lucky the principal and leaders at her school, Templestowe College in Melbourne’s north-east, were doing their best to support staff. Education unions and organisations have this week increased calls for teachers to be recognised as front-line workers and fast-tracked for vaccinations. “Unless education staff are…

NSW Maths experts say curriculum is faddish and shallow

They criticised proposals to delay the teaching of key concepts such as linear equations (ax+b=c) and times tables, which were pushed from year 3 to 4 and were “framed in terms of patterns and strategies, with no emphasis on mastery,” the letter said. “The further elimination and weakening of fundamental…

Schools brace for more remote learning, call for staff vaccinations

“Everyone has got that deflated feeling already that it’s not going to stop on Thursday,” he said. Loading Philip Cachia, the principal of St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary in Montmorency, said his school was planning for three scenarios: a return to the classroom on Friday; a return next week; or…

Year 9 NAPLAN writing results the best predictor of HSC success: study

That compares with one in 20 below the minimum standard in reading and in numeracy. A major review by the NSW Education Standards Authority, obtained by the Herald last year, also showed teachers lacked the skills, knowledge and confidence to teach writing, as well as the training and resources that…

Writing is a critical life skill and it’s time to focus on it

“Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe,” Stephen King wrote in his memoir, On Writing, with a delightful use of the semicolon. But in NSW, far too few school students know how to bring their words to life. Many are leaving school without the…