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Mt Nelson Primary 32nd in Australia
The Mercury, 28 Jun 2014
Southern TasmaniaMount Nelson Primary School is the only Tasmanian school - government or private - to make the top 100 Australian primary schools in The Australian's league tables which are based on NAPLAN results and other data...

Bullet Browse the top 100 primary and secondary schools (and also see all schools ranked), The Weekend Australian, 28-29 Jun 2014

Report on Tas teaching quality released
Auditor-General's website (pdf file), 26 Jun 2014
Tasmanian Audit OfficeThe Tasmanian Auditor-General, Mike Blake, has made seven recommendations on improving the quality of teaching in Tasmania...

Bullet Teaching quality in Tasmanian public high schools (full report) [pdf], Auditor-General's website
Bullet Tas government school students better than expected (in Mt Nelson Primary story), The Mercury, 28 June 2014
Bullet Teachers to top of class, The Mercury (editorial), 28 June 2014

First six schools announced
Tas Govt media release, 26 Jun 2014
Extending high school to Years 11 and 12The first six schools to be supported in extending their high school classes to Year 11 under the state government's program to extend regional high schools to Year 12 have been announced by the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff. The schools are:
Small square bullet Scottsdale High School
Small square bullet Smithton High School
Small square bullet Huonville High and Dover District High (in partnership)
Small square bullet St Helens District High and St Marys District High (in partnership)

Bullet Six schools selected, The Examiner, 26 Jun 2014
Bullet Six schools selected, The Advocate, 26 Jun 2014
Bullet Six schools take steps towards Year 12, The Mercury, 26 Jun 2014
Bullet Six rural schools to offer more Year 11 and 12 subjects, ABC News, 26 Jun 2014


Teachers feel undervalued, report says
The Age, 25 Jun 2014
Australian teachers feel undervalued and many say they lose quite a lot of class time through student interruptions, an OECD report says...

Industrial action next week
The Examiner, 24 Jun 2014, and ABC News, 24 Ju 2014
Industrial actionTeachers and other staff in Tasmanian Catholic schools plan to engage in four-hour strikes next week, but the Director of Catholic Education, Trish Hindmarsh, says she believes schools will be able to remain open. Next week's stop-works will be held on Tuesday (Launceston), Wednesday (Hobart) and Thursday (Burnie)...

Bullet Catholic teachers to strike, ABC News, 25 Jun 2014

Specialist program causes teacher shortage
The Mercury, 23 Jun 2014
Literacy and numeracyThe state government's program to train 25 specialist literacy and numeracy teachers is having the unintended consequence of causing a shortage of senior English and maths teachers in Tasmanian schools..

Bullet Specialist teachers will be of benefit, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 23 Jun 2014
Bullet Inadequate consultation by government, Michelle O'Byrne, Shadow Eucation Minister, TasLabor website, 24 Jun 2014
Bullet Students will get qualified teachers, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 24 Jun 2014

Digital worldCOMPUTER USE
Fears over digital device babysitting
news.com.au, 22 Jun 2014
Young children are starting school in need of speech therapy as a result of excessive use of digital devices in place of human interaction..


Fears over TAFE charges
The Examiner, 21 Jun 2014
Federal government proposals could lead to some TAFE courses costing as much as university courses, the Examiner's education reporter writes..

Bullying books launched
Tas Govt media release, 20 Jun 2014
BullyingChildren's books on cybersafety, cyberbullying and sibling bullying, written by Mary Koolhof and produced in Tasmania, were launched yesterday..

Bullet Books to beat bullying, The Mercury, 21 Jun 2014

Chaplaincy funding struck down
ABC News, 19 Jun 2014
The LawFunding of the school chaplaincy program by the Commonwealth Government has been struck down by a decision of the High Court announced today..

Bullet Take the poll, The Advocate, 19 Jun 2014
Bullet Program in peril, The Mercury, 20 Jun 2014
Bullet Call to divert funds to counsellors, The Mercury, 21 Jun 2014
Bullet Chaplains to stay, The Examiner, 21 Jun 2014

Mainland bodies providing skills training
The Mercury, 19 Jun 2014
Under the Skills Fund scheme, TasTAFE has to compete with interstate training providers to whom millions of dollars are paid..

Southern TasmaniaSTUDENT SAFETY
Students suffer cuts in prank
The Mercury, 19 Jun 2014
A number of Kingston High School students have been injured in a pencil sharpener blade prank..

Bullet Students suffer cuts, The Mercury, 18 Jun 2014

No changes in AC interim report
ABC News, 18 Jun 2014
Australian CurriculumThe interim report on the Australian Curriculum commissioned by federal education minister Chistopher Pyne has yet to receive and comment on reports of subject area specialists..

FamilyVoice attack attacked
TasLabor website, 18 Jun 2014
Opposition education spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne says that as FamilyVoice Australia has ridiculed people struggling with gender identification and has attacked the Safe Schools Coalition program, education minister Jeremy Rockliff must condemn the organisation..

Autism panel meets
TasmaniaTas Govt media release, 18 Jun 2014
The state government's promised Autism Advisory Panel had its first meeting today, the Minister for Human Services, Jacquie Petrusma said..

LOL! SMS boosts literacy
iphonesABC News, 18 Jun 2014
Research by the University of Tasmania and a UK university has found that using the heavily abbreviated text message system actually improves children's spelling and grammar..

Bullet Texting improves spelling and grammar, BBC News, 13 Jun 2014
Bullet Texting shortcuts no threat, The Mercury, 18 Jun 2014

Business educationBUSINESS EDUCATION
NW Business Challenge
The Advocate, 17 Jun 2014
Over 90 North West high school students are trying their hand at running a business in the Nextgen Business Challenge..

Industrial actionINDUSTRIAL ACTION
Catholic strike looms
ABC News, 17 Jun 2014
The Independent Education Union says industrial action in Tasmanian Catholic schools could commence within days, but the Catholic Education Office says schools will remain open if a strike occurs..

Bullet Catholic school teachers to strike, The Mercury, 18 Jun 2014

Extending high school to Years 11 and 12EXTENSION TO YEAR 12
What is actual subject choice impact?
TasLabor website, 16 Jun 2014
The state government must provide details of the actual impact on Year 11 and 12 subject choices in the first year of extending regional schools to year 12 (in view of the fact that seven of the schools to express an interest in the scheme are already providing some Year 11 and 12 courses) Opposition education spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne says ..

Bullet Existing Year 11-12 offering is no secret, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 16 Jun 2014

Two Tasmanians in hockey World Cup team
ABC News, 16 Jun 2014

The Australian hockey team that has won the hockey World Cup contains two Tasmanians - Eddie Ockenden and Tim Deavin...

Bullet Congratulations to Tasmania's world champion hockey players, Will Hodgman, Premier, 16 Jun 2014

Gonski reformsGONSKI REFORMS
Show us Gonski figures, Opposition says
TasLabor website, 15 Jun 2014

The Tasmanian government needs to specify the actual shortfall Tasmania will suffer from the federal government's funding of only a four-year Gonski program instead of a six-year program, the state Opposition says...

NAPLAN and inequity blamed
SMH, 15 Jun 2014

NAPLANThe main causes of falling educational performance in Australia are standardised testing such as the NAPLAN system and lack of equity in schools, rather than socio-economic disadvantage or poor teaching, an overseas expert argues...

Fall in suspension numbersSTUDENT BEHAVIOUR
Suspended students fall
The Mercury, 15 Jun 2014

The number of Tasmanian students suspended from school fell from 2867 to 2633 last year, Department of Education secretary Colin Pettit said...

Students return from Western Front
Guy Barnett, Tas Govt media release, 14 Jun 2014

The six winners of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize have been welcomed home from their trip to France and Belgium by Guy Barnett, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier...

Will they never learn?
The Age (reproduced from geoffmaslin.edublogs.org), 12 Jun 2014

VictoriaNow that new inner-city families are becoming established, the Victorians are ruing the time they sold off inner-city land after closing and merging the then low-enrolment inner-city schools...

Bullet See also earlier story: Selling schools backfires for NSW, SMH, 16 Feb 2014

Industrial action looms
ABC Radio, 12 Jun 2014, 5.50pm
Industrial actionTasmanian Catholic school staff members of the Independent Education Union have voted to undertake industrial action consisting of distributing information to parents, wearing badges and, after three days' notice, half-day stoppages and possibly 24-hour stoppages.

George Town school hit by vandals
The Advocate, 8 Jun 2014
Northern TasmaniaVandals have damaged books, computers and other equipment in the Port Dalrymple School library..
[Arrests have been made.]


School libraries to get Baldock book
The Advocate, 8 Jun 2014
All Tasmanian high schools and colleges are to receive a copy of Darrel Baldock: The Incomparable Mr Magic by Peter Lyons..

School nurses loom
Tas Govt media release, 7 Jun 2014
School nursesImplementation of the state government's policy of reintroducing nurses to Tasmanian government schools has begun with the appointment of a project manager, the Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, said today..

Focus on all students
The Mercury, 7 Jun 2014
Tasmanian educationA visiting US education expert has told Tasmanian educationists that rather than concentrate on supporting the students in a particular age group the focus should be on all age groups..

Fear for Devonport cooking competition
The Advocate, 6 Jun 2014
North-West TasmaniaOrganisers are looking for a sponsor of the annual Tas Cook Comp held at Devonport High School..

Film competition under way
The Mercury, 6 Jun 2014
Entries in the 12th annual MyState Student Film Festival close on 31 October ..

Final bushfire report issued
Tas Govt media release, 6 Jun 2014
Tasmanian Bushfire RecoveryThe Transition to Long-term Recovery report on the aftermath of the Tasmanian bushfires of early 2013 has been released..

Bullet Tasmanian Bushfire Recovery website

Premier's Reading ChallengeLITERACY
Reading Challenge on
Tas Govt media release, 4 Jun 2014
The Premier's Reading Challenge for 2014 commences on Tuesday June 10..

Bullet Premier's Reading Challenge website
Bullet Sheffield School students reading at Railton, The Advocate, 10 Jun 2014

Help with TAFE fees
Tas Govt media release, 3 Jun 2014
TasTAFE diploma students will soon be able to defer their fees HECS-style, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today..

Bullet Subsidies stand, The Examiner, 18 Jun 2014

Students with a disability taskforce establishedSTUDENT SUPPORT
Disability taskforce meets soon
The Advocate, 2 Jun 2014
The new state government taskforce set up to review the education of students with disabilities will have its first meeting on Monday 9 June ..

Don College ATAR pride
The Advocate, 1 Jun 2014
Don College's median Australian Tertiary Admission Rank has been better than the state average for the last three years..









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