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2019 (24) 22 July

ET News Digest
Your Weekly Education Newsletter

Why are Australian teachers under so much strain?
An Aussie study has found that teachers are living with unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety. Is there a conflict between our changing expectations of education and the current classroom format? 
   In June, The Conversation published an article on the health and wellbeing of educators. The piece cites a study of 166 Australian school teachers in which more than half admitted to suffering from anxiety and 18% met the criteria for moderate to severe depression. Read more


Books in Homes supporting literacy in eight regional Queensland Schools
The Books in Homes Program will continue in north west Queensland for another five years with Glencore extending its support by funding eight primary schools in the region. Over 4,000 students participate each year, which means an estimated 60,000 new and quality books-of-choice delivered between 2019 and 2023.
   An additional 5,760 books will be donated to the participating school libraries and 3,300 books will be awarded to children for improved attendance, excellent citizenship towards their peers, accelerated reading results and who are generally “Caught Being Good”. Read more


50,000 kids coding to celebrate 50th moon landing anniversary
Moonhack 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and will see students take part in a space-themed coding exercise to build a space-themed game.
   Running from 20–26 July, Moonhack is led by Australian kids and Code Clubs all around the world and powered by the Telstra Foundation.
   In 2018, Moonhack broke the record for number of kids coding at the same time with over 35,000 kids participating. This year across the seven-day period, Moonhack aims to have over 50,000 kids coding around the world. Read more


How Australian graduates can succeed in today’s job market
Making the transition from education to work is a tough one, but it’s easier with a plan and skills that employers are demanding, tech skills are important but so are soft skills and an ability to keep learning.
   According to the 2019 Robert Half Salary Guide, digitisation is transforming roles and processes across a range of industries, including in the finance and accounting sector. Companies are looking for finance and accounting professionals who can demonstrate skills in areas like Microsoft Dynamics 365, SAP/Oracle and are Chartered Accountant or Certified Practising Accountant accredited. Read more


Education a bright spot in slowing jobs market
It’s mid-year and job market activity is usually slower than usual and most states are recording declines in job ad numbers, that is unless you’re in education.
   The five sectors driving the highest job ad growth rate include: Science & Technology; Education & Training; Mining, Resources & Energy; Healthcare & Medical; and Insurance & Superannuation.
   The top five industries showing salary growth are: Banking & Financial Services; Advertising, Arts & Media; Retail & Consumer Products; Community Services & Development; and Sport & Recreation.
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