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We need to do more to ensure teaching is an attractive profession. from www.shutterstock.com In recent debates about Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) scores we have lost sight of what matters most: the recruitment of high-quality candidates to ensure a strong teaching profession. Teaching has a recruitment problem much more […]

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Children with severe social, emotional or behavioural disorders are the least welcome in schools. from www.shutterstock.com Children with disabilities are frequently discriminated against in Australian schools. It’s an issue that has been ongoing for years, with reports showing that little has improved since 2002. Exclusion practices – dubbed as “gatekeeping” […]

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A similar situation may exist in other countries (Editor) Tying funding to disability categories is putting pressure on schools and parents. www.shutterstock.com In Australia, children with disabilities only receive additional government funding if they fall into a recognised disability category. As a result, schools and parents often come under pressure […]

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Setting minimum ATAR levels will not improve quality of teaching. from www.shutterstock.com The Victorian government’s plan to introduce a (as yet unspecified) minimum ATAR for students looking to study a teaching course is not a silver bullet to improving teaching standards in schools. Recruiting teachers with higher grades may help […]

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B.C. Premier Christy Clark addresses the inaugural B.C. Tech Summit, in Vancouver, on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck) VANCOUVER — Students in British Columbia’s public elementary schools are on track to become the first generation to get basic training in computer coding as the province answers a […]

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Across the country, 41 innovative schools are transforming K–12 education. They are doing away with dusty chalkboards, heavy textbooks, one-sided lectures, and bells reminiscent of factory shift-change signals. Some have forgone traditional school buildings altogether. In place of tried (but not always true) educational standbys, these schools are implementing visionary […]