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2017 (6) 3 April 2017

ET News Digest
Your Weekly Education Newsletter
Dealing with grief
Teachers often have to handle grief in its various manifestations – Dennis Sleigh
Teachers and educational administrators often have to handle grief in its various manifestations. It might be that a pupil has lost a favourite pet or that a classmate has been seriously hurt in an accident; it might be a family facing marriage break-up or it might be a death by suicide – to name just a few of the possibilities. There is often no warning of the impending disaster and the grief experienced by our students may be horrendous. So what do we do about it? Read More
AEU survey: state schools rely on fundraising and teachers' money
The AEU’s State of Our Schools survey for 2017 has found that 83% of schools use fundraising to add to their budgets, and that 90% of principals who fundraise describe it as ‘important’ or ‘very important’. It also found that half of all public school teachers spend more than $500 of their own money each year on classroom basics. Read More
High quality early education could help close the gap
The Effective Early Education Experiences for Kids study, E4Kids, found that only one per cent of Australian children experience high-quality instructional engagement with adults when they play.
The study tracked nearly 2500 three- and four-year-olds attending over 250 education and care services in Victoria and Queensland over five years.
Project Lead, Prof Collette Tayler from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, said instructional teaching is fundamental to children’s cognitive development. Read More
2017 Prime Minister's Prize for Science – call for nominations
The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools and Secondary Schools are awarded for excellence in teaching in any area of science that is part of the nominated teacher’s state or territory science syllabus.
Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel is calling on Australians to nominate outstanding teachers, scientists and innovators. Nominations close 12 April. Read More
ISCA writes to parliament over funding concerns
The Independent Schools Council of Australia has written to all members of the Australian Parliament to express concerns about the prospect of sudden and untimely changes to Australian government funding arrangements for schools.
Government funding makes an important and valued contribution to the ongoing affordability and financial viability of Independent schools. Read More
Study shows one in two kids hide risky online behaviour from parents
According to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and the iconKids & Youth agency, almost half of children (44%) hide potentially dangerous online activity from their parents. The older the child, the more he or she hides. At the age of 8-10 only a third (33%) of children do not inform their parents about incidents on the Web, but that number rises to 51% for teens aged 14-16. Many parents of "uncommunicative” children remain ignorant of what their offspring encounter online. The more dangerous the activity, the less likely parents are to find out about it. Read More
Nanga Mai Awards recognise NSW students, staff and schools
The Nanga Mai Awards celebrate innovation, excellence and achievement in Aboriginal education within NSW public schools and school communities. Nanga Mai is an Eora (Sydney) word meaning 'to dream'. Read More
Saffron a potential treatment for adolescent depression
Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the spice saffron could be used to treat depression and anxiety in adolescents. They are looking for adolescents suffering from moodiness or mild anxiety to participate in a trial. Read More
Helping ease public speaking anxiety
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that a simple and reassuring message can help reduce people’s anxiety about speaking in public as well as make them feel positive about their nerves before the talk.
Lead researcher Dr Ben Jackson, senior lecturer in UWA’s School of Human Sciences, said speaking in public was a task that many people found stressful. Read More