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Slippers (Image: bunnyslippers.com)SHOELESS LEARNING
Slippers boost learning and behaviour
BBC News, 31 Jan 2017
A Derbyshire (UK) primary school is successfully applying research that shows students learn and behave better while wearing slippers in the classroom...

Speech pathologySTUDENT SUPPORT
Stutterers' challenges
The Conversation (opinion by Mark Onslow), 31 Jan 2017
As children who stutter may face teasing and bullying as well as reduced participation in lessons it is important to check they are being treated by a speech pathologist, a speech pathology professor writes....

Competition costs
stuff.co.nz (opinion by John Laurenson), 30 Jan 2017
New Zealand flagNew Zealand government schools are forced to compete with each other, causing a diversion of resources and resulting in the strong schools getting stronger and the weak weaker, a principal writes....

Collective Ed tenders sought
The Examiner, 29 Jan 2017
TasmaniaA five-year project that aims to improve Tasmania's poor Year 12 retention rate, supported by the Education Department, State Growth, the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the Beacon Foundation, is due to commence in April...

Donald TrumpTrump takes Manus, Nauru refugees
The Guardian, 29 Jan 2017
US President Donald Trump has agreed to accept detainees currently held on Manus Island and Nauru...

Bullet Australian-US refugee resettlement deal to go ahead, ABC News, 29 Jan 2017

Trump blocks Muslim immigrants
ABC News, 29 Jan 2017
Donald TrumpUS President Donald Trump has placed a temporary ban on immigrants and other travellers from seven majority-Muslim countries, even preventing many people from returning to the US such as US-based foreign nationals currently visiting their overseas families...

Bullet Iran retaliates with ban on entry by US citizens, inquisitr.com, 28 Jan 2017 (US time)

Year 1 literacy, numeracy tests loom
9News, 29 Jan 2017
Literacy and numeracyThe federal government will move ahead with plans to give literacy and numeracy tests to Year 1 students, education minister Simon Birmingham says...

Bullet Phonics and numeracy check for all Australian schools, Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, 29 Jan 2017
Bullet Speech Pathology Tasmania supports phonics screening, The Examiner, 31 Jan 2017
Bullet Why do we need a phonics test?, The Conversation (opinion by Lorraine Hammond), 2 Feb 2017

Lessons reach 30,000 people a day
ABC News, 27 Jan 2017
Tasmanian-born online guitar teacher Justin Sandercoe reaches millions and makes a living through his YouTube lessons...

What's needed to meet a child's learning needs
The Conversation (opinion by Andrew Martin), 27 Jan 2017
An educational psychology professor outlines how satisfying an individual child's learning needs requires consideration of motivation, engagement, adaptability, learning load and relationships...

Australia Day, Invasion Day
The Conversation (opinion by Kate Darian-Smith), 26 Jan 2017
Australian flagThe history of Australia Day celebrations is a long one, but so too is the history of protestations from Aboriginal groups, a history professor writes...

Bullet Changing Australia Day is pointless, The Conversation (opinion by Anthony Dillon), 25 Jan 2017
Bullet What would it take to change the date of Australia Day?, ABC, 25 Jan 2017
Bullet Change date to March 1, says Ian MacFarlane, ABC News, 26 Jan 2017
Bullet Tas Governor urges debate over date change, ABC News, 26 Jan 2017

Should gifted kids have their own schools?
The Conversation (opinion by Catherine Wormald), 25 Jan 2017
Gifted child (Image: The Stapletonian)Gifted students are our future problem solvers but they have special needs that are not being met, an education lecturer writes...

Brexit requires Parliament's nod
ABC News, 24 Jan 2017
UK flagThe British Parliament must be given a vote on Brexit, the Supreme Court says in its final ruling...

Bullet Schools assisted to teach that Supreme Court judges are not "enemies of the people" over Brexit decision, The Telegraph, 24 Jan 2017


Mon 23 Jan 2017, 10.15pm

Revolution School
The first of a four-part series showing teachers working hard to get order at Melbourne's Kambrya College


ADHD diagnosis more likely for younger students
stuff.co.nz, 23 Jan 2017
ADHD studentThe younger a student is in the class, the more likely it is he or she is given medicine for ADHD, a study shows (suggesting that many are being medicated simply for being immature)...
Bullet Youngest twice as likely to take ADHD medication, The Conversation (opinion by Martin Paul Whitely and Suzanne Robinson), 23 Jan 2017
Bullet ADHD misdiagnosis fears, ABC News, 23 Jan 2017

It's President Trump
ABC News, 21 Jan 2017
Donald Trump (Image source: ABC)Newly sworn-in US President Donald Trump has promised to return power to the people, put America first in decision-making and make America great again...
Bullet Millions march in anti-Trump protests, ABC News, 22 Jan 2017

Man drives into pedestrians in Melbourne
ABC News, 20 Jan 2017
VictoriaFour people are dead and 20 injured after a man appears to have deliberately driven into pedestrians in the Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne
Bullet Death toll rises to five; Victoria's bail system questioned, ABC News, 22 Jan 2017

Damaging winds in NE
BoM, 20 Jan 2017
Heavy rain
A severe weather warning now advises that winds gusting to an extraordinarily high 120 km/h are possible north of St Helens
Bullet BoM warnings

Baird resigns
ABC News, 19 Jan 2017
NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced he will retire from politics after a party room meeting next week

PM announces new ministers
ABC News, 18 Jan 2017
Malcolm TurnbullThe Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has appointed new ministers following the resignation of health minister Sussan Ley:

Dot Greg Hunt is the new Minister for Health and Minister for Sport
Dot Senator Arthur Sinodinos is Minister for Industry
Dot Ken Wyatt is Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health
Michael Sukkar is Assistant Minister to the Treasurer...

Schooling cheap in Hobart
The Advocate, 17 Jan 2017
MoneyHobart's schooling costs are among the lowest in Australia but the costs are expected to rise significantly, the Australian Scholarships Group says...

Extending defended
The Advocate, 17 Jan 2017
Extending high schoolsEducation minister Jeremy Rockliff has defended the policy of extending high schools beyond Year 10 in the face of claims by Opposition education spokesperson Michelle O'Byrne that there are holes in the policy...

Bullet Extended schools have increased retention rates, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 17 Jan 2017

Term date confusion
The education lift-out feature in today's Mercury (17 Jan 2017) shows:
Dot "Friday, April 13" as the last day of Term 1 2017 - it should read "Thursday, April 13" (but note that that day is a Moderation Day for K-10 schools), and
Dot "Tuesday, May 1" as the first day of Term 2 - it should read "Monday, May 1"

Huonville High wins international energy prize
Tas Govt media release, 17 Jan 2017
Huonville High School will receive up to $134,000 on winning gold as the Oceania region winner of the Zayed Future Energy Prize  ..

Respectful relationships promoted via schools
The Examiner, 16 Jan 2017
IssuesTeaching about respectful relationships, including sexuality education, has lifelong benefits and helps reduce sexual assaults, Family Planning Tasmania chief executive Cedric Manen says..

Phonics explained
The Conversation (opinion by Hua-Chen wang), 17 Jan 2017
LiteracyPhonics is important because it helps students decode words that are new and improves their reading skills, a research fellow says..

No proof music makes kids smarter
The Conversation (opinion by Giovanni Sala and Fernand Gobet), 16 Jan 2017
Music learningA review of the literature suggests that while there might be a correlation between music learning and smarter kids, the music learning itself does not lead to better performance in other subjects, two academics write..


WindDamaging winds been and gone
BoM, 14 Jan 2017, 2.22pm
The severe weather warning for winds gusting to 100km/h today (Saturday) no longer applies

High tide (Image: Luis Prado)High tides been and gone
BoM, 14 Jan 2017
The severe weather warning for abnormally high tides in southern Tasmania is over.

Sussan Ley (Image: ABC News)FEDERAL POLITICS
Sussan Ley resigns
ABC News, 13 Jan 2017
Health minister Sussan Ley has announced her resignation from the frontbench over the travel claims controversy...

Hilliard approval
Tas Govt media release, 13 Jan 2017
Southern TasmaniaHilliard Christian School will re-open for 2017, with a new principal, after eventually being granted registration by the Schools Registration Board, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today..

Bullet Last-minute approval for Hilliard Christian School, ABC News, 13 Jan 2017

More benefits than you thought possible
The Conversation (opinion by Shelby Gull Laird and Laura McFarland), 10 Jan 2017
Research shows that playing outside provides children with a wide range of health, cognitive, psychological and general wellbeing benefits...

Redressing gender inequality
The Conversation (opinion by Amanda Mergler), 9 Jan 2017
Allowing schoolgirls to wear shorts and trousers instead of dresses and skirts is looming as an issue for schools to face but such a change could be a simple and effective way to foster increased physical activity by girls...

Bullet No uniform problem, The Conversation (opinion by Lauren Rosewarne), 11 Jan 2017

Hilliard rebirth?
The Mercury (subscription access), 7 Jan 2017
West Moonah's Hilliard Christian School, advised by the Schools Registration Board last year that its re-registration beyond 31 December would not be approved, has told parents that it aims to re-open as a new school
in 2017.

Birchalls story ends
The Examiner, 6 Jan 2017
The Birchalls main bookstore in Brisbane Street, Launceston, is set to close in 2017 but it is hoped buyers can be found for the education stores in Hobart and Devonport

Add swimming to curriculum
SMH, 3 Jan 2017
Swimming (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Compulsory swimming and water safety lessons should be part of the school curriculum, the CEO of YMCA NSW said following a spate of drownings these Christmas holidays. [Note that legendary swimming coach Laurie Lawrence said on the ABC's 7.30 Report, 3 Jan 2016, that Tasmania leads the country by providing free swimming lessons to kids until they can swim 50 metres.]...

Bullet Laurie Lawrence praises Tasmania, The Advocate, 4 Jan 2017

New Year 20172017 delayed
ABC News, 1 Jan 2017
The new year commenced as expected this morning, but only after having been delayed by one second to allow clocks to adjust to the slowing speed of the Earth's rotation...

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