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‘Time running out’ on school funding negotiations

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

With just nine months until a new Commonwealth school funding model is expected to be introduced, the executive director of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission has warned “time is running out” for new arrangements to be negotiated.

In May 2016, the Turnbull Government announced its policy to index school funding at 3.56 per cent in 2018 and beyond, along with a range of reforms outlined in its Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes policy. However, Catholic education, the independent schools sector and state and territory governments remain unsure about how school funding will be allocated next year.

NESA Update: Stronger HSC

Monday, March 13, 2017
The NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) at the start of 2017 and has taken over running the HSC.

An email has gone out to all NSW Year 12 students with key information for their HSC READ HERE, for more information about the Stronger HSC Standards initiative CLICK HERE.

Academic Call: Greater Focus on ‘Soft Skills’

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

A Bond University lecturer has called for teachers and schools to better prepare students for their future careers and help them develop sought-after skills like critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving.

Libby Sander, a lecturer at the Bond Business School, said analysis of job ads shows that employers are increasingly seeking applicants with “soft skills” that will help them be successful contributors to their workplace.

Ms Sander, writing on The Conversation, argued that skills like the ability to influence others were once seen as the responsibility of management and marketing teams, but employers want everyone to develop such skills.

“A 2016 report from a joint federal government and OECD workshop underscored the importance of developing adaptability in young people, as well as enterprise skills that can be applied across a wide range of contexts,” Ms Sander wrote.


The Future Ready: Preparing our Children for a Changing World 
will discuss this issue. 

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ACU Research: Challenges Principals Face

Thursday, March 02, 2017

School principals are facing physical and verbal abuse from parents and students more and more regularly, new Australian Catholic University research has found.

The research, led by ACU Associate Professor Philip Riley, found that 44 per cent of principals were threatened with violence in 2016 and more than one in three principals was physically assaulted.

The Australian Primary Principals Association, which includes the principals of Catholic schools, said its members are experiencing increased levels of stress and facing additional challenges.

“Principals are passionate people who love their work but increasingly face stress, burnout and poor health,” APPA president Dennis Yarrington said. 

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New Syllabuses for NSW HSC

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
New syllabuses for stage 6 (Years 11 & 12) have been released for English, Mathematics, Science and History, including five Life Skills courses. 



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John Hattie: What needed for Excellence in Australian Schools

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Professor John Hattie has urged educators and policy-makers to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and instead to learn from local success stories, not try to replicate international strategies.

Writing on The Conversation, the professor from Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education said Australia’s relative slide down international rankings in maths, science and literacy is not only raising eyebrows in this country.

“We can be guaranteed that the world is watching our decline, and that the pride we have in being an ‘educated’, ‘innovative’ or ‘clever’ country is based on wishes and hopes – not on evidence,” Professor Hattie wrote.

“There are many excellent parts of the Australian school system, but standing still and resting on these laurels may come to haunt us.”

Professor Hattie said some things are working and some things are not working in Australia’s education system. There should be a “reboot” to enhance the positives and change what needs changing.

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HSC Minimum Standards - FAQ's

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
As part of the Stronger HSC Standards reforms announced last year, from 2020 students in NSW must reach a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to receive a HSC. 

Frequently asked questions about the minimum literacy and numeracy standard for the HSC are now available on the NESA website.

The FAQs contain information on:

  • the requirements of the minimum standard
  • how students can demonstrate they meet the standard
  • school credentials
  • exemptions from the requirement
  • support for students and schools
  • online literacy and numeracy tests.

Students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate the standard between Year 9 and when they complete their HSC.

NESA will continue to update parents, students, teachers and the broader community on progress of the HSC reforms and implementation of the minimum standard. Click HERE



Tuesday 7 February: Internet Safety Day

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017

Be the change: Unite for a better internet



Join the global celebration & unite for a better internet this Safer Internet Day! 

Click here for resources and activities from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner #SID2017

New NSW Education MInister

Monday, January 30, 2017
Rob Stokes will replace the veteran Nationals MP Adrian Piccoli who was axed from the cabinet by new NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. 

Read More on SkyNews HERE
Read Mr Piccoli's statement HERE
Read about the new Minister HERE


Back to School ... with the ABC

Friday, January 27, 2017

From Finding the right shoes, to A psychologist's tips to ease the journey,
to How much should children carry on their backs? 
and much more,

Check out the ABC website HERE