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Early humans were earlier still
The Conversation (opinion by Mathieu Duval and Mohamed Sahnouni), 30 Nov 2018
Early human
Early humans now appear to have lived in North Africa 2.4 million years ago, 600,000 years earlier than previously believed, two archaeologists write..


Are student strikes okay?
ABC News, 28 Nov 2018
Student activists (Image: ABC)
Many students went "on strike" today so that they could leave their schools and attend a rally at Parliament House to argue the government is not doing enough to combat climate change...

Bullet Australian education does get some things right, The Conversation (opinion), 6 Dec 2018


Creativity (Image: Shutterstock)CURRICULUM
Creativity stifled
The Conversation (opinion by Robert Nelson), 28 Nov 2018
Not only is it almost impossible to teach creativity but the current education system is hostile to it, an academic writes...


Specialise in a discipline
The Conversation (opinion by Alan Finkel), 28 Nov 2018
For the best chance at success in life, students need to focus on a discipline, such as mathematics, and augment that discipline with soft skills such as creativity - not rely on soft skills alone - Australia's Chief Scientist says...


Financial literacy crisis
ABC News, 28 Nov 2018
Financial literacy
ASIC and the Reserve Bank are concerned that the number of students studying economics in Australia has plummeted, and that as some groups, particularly women, are decreasingly confident in handling financial matters, high schools must take on the role of financial literacy educator...


Widespread support of stop work action
AEU media release, 28 Nov 2018
Industrial action
About 4500 school staff around Tasmania have thrown their support behind the AEU's call for teachers to be given lower class sizes, more lesson preparation time and a competitive salary, the AEU's state manager, Roz Madsen, says..

Bullet Facts being ignored, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 28 Nov 2018


Delivering priorities
Tas Govt media release, 28 Nov 2018
Tas Govt
The government has provided Tasmanians with more teachers, more teacher assistants, more support staff and enhanced school facilities, and is continuing to ensure education is a priority, education minister Jeremy Rockliff says..


SA stops work for longer
ABC News, 27 Nov 2018
South Australian teachers will walk off the job this Thursday from the beginning of the school day until 12.15pm..


Lowest paid in the country
AEU website, 27 Nov 2018
Tasmania's most experienced teachers are the lowest paid in Australia,  the AEU state president Helen Richardson said at a rally in northern Tasmania today...


Fair wage increase
Tas Govt media release, 27 Nov 2018
A pay rise of 6 per cent over three years for public servants is fair and reasonable, Treasurer Peter Gutwein says...


Whooping cough alert
ABC News, 26 Nov 2018
HealthChildren under 14 years of age, especially those aged 5-9 years, are the group most affected by an unusual rise in whooping cough numbers in Tasmania. The outbreak is concentrated in the Devonport area but is now spreading to the south of the state.
Bullet Whooping cough information, DHHS


Landslide win for Vic Labor
ABC News, 25 Nov 2018
A 5 per cent swing to Labor has given Victoria's premier Daniel Andrews an overwhelming state election victory...


No more overdue fees
Tas Govt media release, 24 Nov 2018
Libraries Tasmania
Tasmania's libraries are set to remove overdue and many other fees to encourage more people to borrow books and other materials, education minister Jeremy Rockliff has announced...

Literacy boost welcomed, ABC News, 25 Nov 2018


School bomb hoaxer jailed
BBC News, 23 Nov 2018
A 20-year-old American-Israeli man who made more than 2,000 hoax bomb threats to schools and other organisations when a teenager has been jailed for 10 years...


More partnerships
Tas Govt media release, 22 Nov 2018
More high schools will be involved in partnerships with colleges in 2020:
Dot Kingston High and Hobart College
Dot Huonville High, New Town High, Ogilvie High and Elizabeth College, and
Dot Dover District, Huonville High and Hobart College...


Funding gap widens
ABC News, 22 Nov 2018
Thousands of government schools now receive less government funding than similar private schools, an investigation using My School data shows...


Compulsory agriculture
ABC News, 22 Nov 2018
A mandatory agriculture unit will be incorporated in the NSW Years 7 and 8 technology syllabus from next year...

Bullet Concern about city school facilities, ABC News, 30 Nov 2018


Recruits being processed
Tas Govt media release, 21 Nov 2018
Queue (Image: Telegraph)
Following the receipt of 628 applications for teaching positions under the More Teachers, Quality Teaching four-year action plan, the government is processing 240 successful candidates...


Closed schools announced
DoE website, 20 Nov 2018
Industrial actionLists of schools that will be closed until 10.30am on days of stop-work meetings next week have been released by the Education Department..

Bullet Drop children off after 10.30am, bus timetables will not be changed, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 20 Nov 2018
Bullet 152 schools to
start late, ABC News, 20 Nov 2018


Traffic chaos postponed
ABC Radio, 20 Nov 2018
Southern TasmaniaForecast inclement weather has prompted cancellation of the proposed closure of the Tasman Highway near the Hobart Cenotaph this weekend to enable the installation of the Bridge of Remembrance.


Umpteenth Commissioner for Children appointed
Tas Govt media release, 19 Nov 2018
Tas GovernmentThe new Commissioner for Children and Young People is Leanne McLean who was recently the Deputy Premier's Chief of Staff..


Trivial uproar
stuff.co.nz, 16 Nov 2018
New Zealand flagYear 13 students in New Zealand have complained that the use of the word 'trivial' in a history examination question was unfair as many of them did not know its meaning..

Bullet Education of students not a trivial pursuit, stuff.co.nz (opinion), 19 Nov 2018


Negotiations on Wednesday
AEU website, 14 Nov 2018
AEUThe government has set a formal negotiations meeting for tomorrow (Wed) but says the 2 per cent wage rise offer is set in stone..

Bullet Government teacher offer, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 15 Nov 2018
Bullet Negotiation update, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 15 Nov 2018
Bullet Government offer rejected, AEU, 15 Nov 2018
Bullet AEU should take teacher offer to members, Peter Gutwein, Treasurer, 15 Nov 2018
Bullet Tas teachers soon to be worst paid, Labor media release, 14 Nov 2018


Body found
ABC News, 14 Nov 2018
Southern Tasmania
The body of missing West Moonah man Nelson Kiddle has been found in the Lenah Valley area..


Teachers to strike in two weeks
ABC News, 13 Nov 2018
Industrial actionTasmanian teachers will strike in two weeks' time when they attend stop-work meetings from 9.00am to 9.45am:
Dot in the north and north-west on Tuesday 27 November, and
Dot in the south on Wednesday 28 November

Bullet Further stop-work action, AEU media release, 13 Nov 2018
Bullet Union action unfair to students and families, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 13 Nov 2018
Bullet Another stop-work meeting, The Examiner, 14 Nov 2018


Suspensions harmful
The Conversation (opinion by Linda J. Graham), 13 Nov 2018
Suspensions and exclusions do more harm than good, an academic writes..


Exams commence
Tas Govt media release, 11 Nov 2018
TCE Year 11 and 12 written examinations begin tomorrow (Monday) and finish on Thursday 22 November..


Twins disjoined
ABC News, 9 Nov 2018
Twins Nima and Dawa from Bhutan (Image: ABC News)Surgeons have successfully separated conjoined twins Nima and Dawa from Bhutan in Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital..


Early childhood plan continues
Tas Govt media release, 8 Nov 2018
Early learning
Education minister Jeremy Rockliff has confirmed funding for the second year of the government's Early Years and School Age Care Sectors Workforce Plan for Tasmania 2017-2020..


Shift to Democrats
ABC News, 7 Nov 2018
US flag
The Democrats are expected to take over the House of Representatives now that polls have closed in the US mid-term elections, although President Trump's  Republicans appear likely to maintain control of the Senate..


Recruitment centralisation
The Examiner, 6 Nov 2018
Queue (Image: The Telegraph)
The need to hire an extra 250 teachers has prompted the DoE to play a greater role in coordinating recruitment of new teachers and granting permanency for existing ones..


Strong winds to dominate Saturday
BoM website, 2 Nov 2018
WindDamaging winds gusting to around 100km/h are expected tonight (Friday) in the NE and W, and tomorrow (Saturday) across Tasmania except for the NW coast, central E coast and Launceston area...
Bullet BoM warnings
Power outages
Bullet Road closures (Police)
Bullet SES


Current wildlife news
5.00pm, 1 Nov 2018
Bullet SHARK in Frederick Henry Bay near Lauderdale
Bullet WHALE in Adventure Bay, Bruny Island


Report comments ban
The Examiner, 1 Nov 2018
Industrial actionThe AEU has instructed members to refuse to write comments on students' end-of-year reports, as part of public sector industrial action which includes opposition to the government's 2 per cent pay rise offer..

Bullet Parent body opposed to industrial action, The Examiner, 1 Nov 2018
Bullet Unions disrupting learning, Elise Archer, Acting Minister for Education and Training, 31 Oct 2018
Bullet Unions should stop disrupting public services, Peter Gutwein, Treasurer, 2 Nov 2018
Bullet Industrial action not unreasonable, The Examiner, 2 Nov 2018


Highway closure cancelled
ABC Radio, 1 Nov 2018
Southern TasmaniaThe planned closure of the Tasman Highway near the Hobart Cenotaph to allow a footbridge to be installed will not go ahead this weekend due to predicted strong winds, the engineering company's head of operations has announced.






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