EduNews March 13

March 13, 2015  ·  Categories: EduNews, Featured  ·  No Comments

Dear readers, We would like to thank you for subscribing to Edunews and Eduweek. We hope these products have made it a little easier to keep up with what is happening in Australian education and have supported you in making a difference. It is with sadness that we take this opportunity to announce that the Centre for New Public Education...

EduNews March 12

March 12, 2015  ·  Categories: EduNews  ·  No Comments

Dear readers, We would like to thank you for subscribing to Edunews and Eduweek. We hope these products have made it a little easier to keep up with what is happening in Australian education and have supported you in making a difference. It is with sadness that we take this opportunity to announce that the Centre for New Public Education...

EduNews March 11

March 11, 2015  ·  Categories: EduNews  ·  No Comments

Dear readers, We would like to thank you for subscribing to Edunews and Eduweek. We hope these products have made it a little easier to keep up with what is happening in Australian education and have supported you in making a difference. It is with sadness that we take this opportunity to announce that the Centre for New Public Education...

EduNews March 10

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The Australian Senate has passed legislation that will give Schools Plus, a charity that matches private donations to disadvantaged public schools, deductible gift receipt (DGR) status. A routine funding mechanism for many private schools, until now donating funds to a public school was a problematic endeavour, with no clear way of making a tax deductible donation. The new legislation moves...

EduNews March 3

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Applying the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to tertiary student loans would significantly increase the cost to taxpayers according to a submission to the Senate inquiry on higher education. The federal government has suggested it would apply CPI to student loans in an attempt to win over senate crossbenchers and pass the tertiary deregulation package. Analysis of education and employment data...

EduNews March 2

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A senate inquiry report released today on private training companies will focus on their profits. Although state and federal governments fund most course costs and spend more on students in the private vocational education and training (VET) system than the public system, some private companies have achieved 50% or higher profit margins. In response to possible government regulation, a group...

EduNews February 25

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Dr Lawrence Ingvarson, a principal research fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research, has called for national regulation of teacher accreditation in order to strengthen standards. Presently, teacher accreditation is 'nationally consistent', but still the domain of state and territory governments. A new proposal from the Mitchell Institute's Professor Peter Noonan to implement an 'entitlement' to tertiary education has...

EduNews February 24

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Professor John Hattie has said that lifting ATAR entry scores for initial teacher training courses would not improve the quality of teacher candidates as universities allow students to enter teacher courses from their second year of university study. Professor Hattie is Chairman for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, which has been asked by the Australian government to...

EduNews February 23

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An analysis of Year 7 NSW students results in NAPLAN tests has shown there are big gaps in basic literacy skills that haven't shifted much since 2009. The NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards has stated it will be auditing teacher courses to assess whether teachers are prepared to improve student numeracy outcomes. Freedom of information documents have revealed that...

EduNews February 20

February 20, 2015  ·  Categories: EduNews, Featured  ·  No Comments

As part of their bid for reelection in March, the NSW Government has promised to reskill 320 maths and science teachers and provide additional tertiary entry points for secondary students studying Asian languages. A report for the NSW Business Chamber has found NSW secondary schools aren't preparing students for post-school employment options. The report suggests that the focus on academic...