Invitational Education for a Post Pandemic World: A Recap and Look Forward
If there is a positive to the pandemic it is that when schools do return to normal there is an opportunity to reset and reconsider what is being done. Invitational Education is a tried and tested, people centric way of improving school environment and we're excited to present some original writing on the subject by one of the theory's leading thinkers, Professor John Novak. Read more
Reading what they like: Encouraging student reading by focussing on enjoyment
A study by The Reading Agency, which summarised research findings from countries around the world including Australia, showed that reading for enjoyment not only boosts educational outcomes for children, but also enhances their emotional understanding.
Give a wiggly kid a break
Short active breaks in the classroom improve children’s brain functioning and impulse control. While regular bursts of activity during lesson times have previously been shown to benefit children’s physical fitness and concentration, these findings from Deakin are the first to demonstrate that children’s brains also work more efficiently and they have better control over their actions after short active breaks throughout the day. Read more
Lockdown changes Year 12 students’ ideas about their future
Every Year 12 cohort has its peculiarities but this is the first in a long time that has had to take on their final year while in lockdown.
Mums have a strong effect on kids' academic performance - positive and negative
There is no problem with mums being their child’s biggest fan. The rest of society can do the job of providing a reality check on a kid, but mums don’t have to - they can be a cheerleader.
Destress in a doubly stressful Year 12
Psychology Professor Viviana Wuthrich from Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health has led a major research project tracking stress, depression and anxiety in over 600 young people during their final year of secondary school in 2019 (which is continuing). Her research highlights strategies to help HSC students lower their lockdown stress levels.
School grants of up to $60k available
Schools Plus’ grant application round has just opened, an opportunity for eligible schools to receive up to $60,000 in funding for a strategic project designed to improve student outcomes.