The Facebook education system
(opinion by Steve Goschnick), 30 Oct 2015
Facebook is planning a Personalised Learning Platform to
provide a customised learning and communicating system for students...
Gonski door ajar
The Examiner, 30 Oct 2015
The Prime Minister, Malcolm
Turnbull, left the Gonski door ajar on his recent visit to
Launceston, by saying "All is being considered" in response to a
question about Gonski funding for the reform's final two years...
Turnbull considering Gonski
The Age, 31 Oct 2015
DoE Annual Report released
Tas Govt media
release, 29 Oct 2015
The Department of Education's Annual Report for 2014-15
includes detailed information on new areas such as school resource
package data, attendance and suspensions...
DoE Annual Report 2014-15 [pdf], DoE website
Tas teachers under pressure
(opinion by Terry Polglase), 28 Oct 2015
Staff cuts, specialised teacher shortages and increased
curriculum obligations only serve to reinforce the need for the
government to look after its current and future teachers, AEU state
president Terry Polglase says ...
Return of computer programming
The Examiner, 28 Oct 2015
All Tasmanian schools will be
teaching computer coding by the end of 2018, education minister
Jeremy Rockliff said in response to a call by Opposition education
spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne for a greater emphasis on coding and
other STEM subjects...
HIGH SCHOOL TO YRS 11-12
Flexible Years 11-12 extensions invited
Tas Govt media
release, 28 Oct 2015
Education minister Jeremy Rockliff
has called for expressions of interest in extending more high
schools to Years 11 and 12, emphasising a willingness to consider
flexible and creative approaches such as commencing the Year 11
curriculum during Year 10...
Six more schools to extend, The Examiner, 28 Oct 2015
"Overwhelming interest", says Rockliff; "Back-flipping", says
O'Byrne, The Examiner, 29 Oct 2015
Robotics needs to be taught in schools
(opinion by Leon Sterling), 27 Oct 2015
A professor emeritus says teaching
robotics is a tangible way of introducing computer programming to
young students and it suits students with a range of abilities...
AHRC raises children's consumer rights
Aust Human Rights
Commission, 26 Oct 2015
A national conference is to be held
in November on the rights of children as consumers, a topic that is
evolving to address issues related to app downloading, in-app
purchases and mobile phone contracts...
Don't worry, at least the wealthy kids are succeeding
(opinion by Stephen Lamb), 26 Oct 2015
The Australian education system
itself is the cause of an uneven distribution of educational
opportunity continuing to exist, according to a report
by the Mitchell Institute...
Educational opportunity in
Australia 2015: Who succeeds and who misses out, Mitchell Institute
No Year 12 qualifications for more than 40% of Tas 19-year-olds,
The Examiner, 26 Oct 2015
Stop subsidising the haves, ABC Drum (opinion by Jane Caro), 26
One in four students drop out of high school, ABC World Today,
26 Oct 2015
Lifetime award for agriculture teacher
ABC News, 23 Oct 2015
Jordan River Learning Federation
agriculture teacher Jackie Brown has been awarded Life Membership of
the Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania for her
work with students...
Widespread concern over retention
(opinion by Suzie Wright and Jane Watson), 23 Oct 2015
surveys by UTAS researchers show that Tasmanian communities support
efforts to raise the state's poor high school retention rate...
Too many leave empty-handed
(opinion by Eleanor Ramsay and Michael Rowan), 23 Oct 2015
education system is largely failing its students, two researchers
Swedish swordsman posed with students
ABC News, 23 Oct 2015
masked man carrying a sword entered a Swedish school and posed with
students for photos before continuing on a rampage in which he
killed a student and a teacher and wounded two others...
The maths success secret
(opinion by Steson Lo and Sally Andrews), 23 Oct 2015
Asian students are good at maths
because they enjoy competition and their teachers embrace the rote
learning of tables which makes mastery of higher-level concepts
easier, two academics argue...
Seven myths about dyslexia
(opinion by Serje Robidoux), 22 Oct 2015
A researcher counters what he says
are myths about dyslexia, stressing the importance of phonics in the
early years and that a variety of problems are
described as "dyslexia"...
New TasTAFE board member
Tas Govt media
release, 21 Oct 2015
Bell Bay Aluminium general manager Ray
Mostogl has been appointed to the board of TasTAFE...
Odds stacked against children in care
(opinion by Stewart Riddle), 21 Oct 2015
National minimum standards in literacy and numeracy are less likely
to be reached by children in care, a report from the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare called
Educational outcomes for children in care: linking 2013 child
protection and NAPLAN data says...
Linking maths with reality
Govt media release, 20 Oct 2015
The federal government will provide $6.4 million from the
Mathematics by Inquiry program for maths curriculum and teaching
materials related to the real world, the Minister for Education and
Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said today...
LIFT schools announced
Tas Govt media
release, 20 Oct 2015
68 schools to receive funding under the Tasmanian Government's
$17.75 LIFT literacy and numeracy program have been announced...
List of 68 schools to receive
Parents to help lift learning, The Examiner, 20 Oct 2015
Careers education needs to widen its horizons
(opinion by Kira Clarke), 20 Oct 2015
Careers education in Australia is not serving the needs
of students well, particularly those who are likely to be seeking
low-skilled jobs, a university lecturer argues...
Preparing children for bushfires
ABC News, 20 Oct 2015
With the Tasmanian bushfire season looming, children need
the reassurance of being aware of the home and school bushfire
plans, psychologist Susie Burke says...
Updated ACARA website released
ACARA [pdf file],
20 Oct 2015
An updated version of the ACARA
website (version 8.0) has been released...
What's changed in version 8.0
Schools should have sunscreen strategies
release, 19 Oct 2015
Parents and teachers should make the application of
sunscreen by children a normal part of the day, a mother battling
Updated Australian Curriculum approved
ACARA [pdf file],
18 Oct 2015
Australia's education ministers
have approved revisions to the Australian Curriculum in eight
learning areas, making the curriculum easier for schools and
teachers to manage and to improve the focus on literacy...
Tracked changes to F-10
Australian Curriculum [pdf], ACARA
Consultation report [pdf], June 2015, ACARA
Excellence award winners announced
Tas Govt media
release, 16 Oct 2015
Winners of the RBF DoE Awards for
Excellence have been
announced, with images available on the DoE's Facebook page...
No threat now for UTAS
The Examiner, 13 Oct 2015
security alert for UTAS based on a social media threat has now been assessed
by police as not credible...
Sick kids suffer from extended
ABC News, 12 Oct 2015
There are no standard procedures for supporting children
who miss extended periods of school due to sickness or injury, a
report by advocacy group Missing School says says...
Anti-terrorism role for primary
The Mercury, 10 Oct 2015
The battle to
prevent teenagers becoming radicalised needs to begin in primary
school, counter-terrorism expert Greg Barton says...
Hold them back
(opinion), 9 Oct 2015
A good start to improving educational standards in
Tasmanian schools would be to require students to achieve a certain
level of mastery before being allowed to progress from one year
level to the next, teacher Peter Wilson writes...
The local advantage
(opinion by Naomi Barnes), 9 Oct 2015
Enrolling children in the local state primary school has many more
advantages than the average person would realise, an academic writes...
Former Tas teacher jailed
ABC News, 8 Oct 2015
A former teacher and fitness instructor has received seven years'
imprisonment for sexually abusing nine boys...
No more restraining with straps
The Age, 7 Oct 2015
New rules to cover the handling of student
violent and dangerous behaviour prohibits Victorian teachers from
restraining students with straps, using a seclusion room or
restricting their breathing by covering their mouths ...
Labor's student mental health policy
release, 7 Oct 2015
Opposition health spokesperson
Rebecca White has released a youth mental health policy that would
make social and emotional learning programs compulsory in primary
and high schools...
Enhancing the Mental Health
of Young People [pdf], TasLabor, 7 Oct 2015
Make social and emotional learning compulsory, ABC News, 7 Oct
Teacher autonomy raises standards
(opinion by Pasi Sahlberg), 5 Oct 2015
Education systems perform better when there
teacher autonomy (but not school autonomy) and more teacher
collaboration, a visiting professor argues in a comparison of the US
and Finnish systems.
Curriculum key to tackling extremism
(opinion by Omid Tofighian), 5 Oct 2015
Identifying the Eurocentric
assumptions in the 'white curriculum' and taking account of the
cultural background of potentially marginalised students is a key
component of addressing extremism, a researcher argues...
Former principal jailed
ABC News, 5 Oct 2015
A former Tasmanian principal has received six years'
imprisonment for sexually abusing 14 children...
Possible reduced three-year
sentence 'inadequate', The Examiner, 5 Oct 2015
Trump's shooting solution
CNN, 4 Oct 2015
Responding to the recent college
shooting in Oregon, American Presidential candidate Donald Trump has
called for more mental health services and for teachers and students
to be armed...