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2017 27 November


ET News Digest
Your Weekly Education Newsletter
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Empowering leadership through proactive strategies

Kathryn Taylor

We all see how schools, as with other organisations, are becoming busier with reduced resourcing and funding. We are left with a need to contemplate how we find the energy and techniques to better engage our staff, develop professional practice and achieve improved student learning outcomes? Read more

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Arts:Live adds Sustainable Songs to online lessons

Sustainable Songs is a new music resource developed by Arts:Live in partnership with The a2 Milk Company. The project takes children through a process of making and playing fruit and veggie instruments and then recycling the scraps to make a delicious Musical Soup. Each lesson has rich links to musical learning, but you don’t need to be an expert. Read more

NSW DEC challenges construction and design community to develop model to reduce demountables

The construction and design community is being challenged to develop a new high-quality, classroom model that can reduce the number of demountable classrooms used in NSW government schools.

Education Minister Rob Stokes has announced a call for new designs to develop classrooms that tick all boxes. Read more

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8–11 year-old children who exercise have more gray matter than their obese peers

Physical education should be taught every day at school because exercise boosts brain size and improves academic performance, a study has shown for the first time. Read more

Outstanding teachers recognised in WA 2017 Education Awards

Outstanding teachers, administrators and schools have been recognised in the 2017 WA Education Awards. The individual award winners received $25,000. Read more

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Girls better than boys at working together to solve problems, finds new OECD PISA global education survey

They’ll say that they’re better at most things but one thing is official; girls are much better than boys at working together to solve problems. The first OECD PISA assessment of collaborative problem solving involved some 125,000 15-year-olds in 52 countries and economies. The test analyses how well students work together on the basis of several variables. Read more

Australian research shows new strategies needed to nurture aspirations for higher education

Being the first at anything is tough and that holds true for higher education. Researchers have discovered that targeted support to students is needed if underrepresented population groups are to aspire to university. The Teachers and Teaching Research Centre investigated the aspirations of students in regional and remote areas, Indigenous students, students from low SES backgrounds. Read more

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