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For Education Leaders

Have Schools and Teachers Lost Control in the Classroom?


Discipline is a complex issue influenced by various factors, including societal changes, parenting styles, student behaviour, and school culture. It requires a multi-faceted approach that involves collaboration between all stakeholders. Policymakers, administrators, and teachers should work together to develop comprehensive strategies and initiatives that promote positive behaviour, create a safe and respectful learning environment, and provide appropriate support for teachers to address discipline challenges. Read more

Call for AI Taskforce in Schools


AI arrived front and centre earlier this year with the release of Chat GPT as a readily accessible app, somewhat ironically, the thing with all the answers has thrown up as many questions as it has resolved.
  The AI’s role in education needs to be looked at and Federal Education Minister Jason Clare has called for the development of a best practice national framework to help schools grappling with the issue.
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Nap-worthy – NAPLAN Fails to Convince Experts


Experts remain unconvinced of NAPLAN's effectiveness even with the newly introduced four-band format and point to a sharp decline in student participation to previous years.
   Doctor Venesser Fernandes from Monash University questions whether reducing wait times between conducting NAPLAN tests and publishing its results improve declining participation rates in the NAPLAN.
   This year, NAPLAN took place in March instead of May. Read more

2023, How’s it Going?


Believe it or not, we have reached the midpoint of 2023, so it’s a good time to check up on how staff are feeling, their concerns and wishes.
   Teaching isn’t easy and while there is plenty of negativity about, there are bright spots for those involved in the profession.
   Despite the challenges, most Australian teachers find fulfilment in their work and feel confident in their teaching practice. Read more

Set a Bedtime for Teens


It’s coming on final exam time, that means a lot of tired, stressed students, especially if you’ve got an ATAR score and a place at University on your mind.
   The key to clear thinking and a good exam result is getting the right amount of sleep and that is where parents need to step in.
   Teenagers need between 8 and 10 hours of sleep per night but study, hopefully, and video games, probably, get in the way.
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Australian Maths Team Sees Success in Japan


The Australian team participating in the 64th annual International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Japan was awarded five medals and an honourable mention, seeing Australia rank 23rd out of the 112 countries that took part in this year’s competition.
   Australia continues to show strongly in international maths competition with our teams placing in the top 25 of all participating countries in 8 out of the last 10 contests. Read more