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No Robot Marking for NAPLAN essays - a win for students!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Good news - No robot marking for NAPLAN essays.  

Read the statement from Education Council here.

On the first day of December last year an unprecedented meeting took place.  For the first time, parent associations, teachers unions and Catholic and state principals united to consider a question that could have a irreversible negative impact on student education and achievement in NSW and Australia.  Unanimously, they agreed to take their objection of the  proposed robot-marking of NAPLAN essays to Minister Stokes.  Minister Stokes heard the concerns and announced in the media that there would be no robot marking in NSW.  On Thursday last week, the Education Council released a statement to inform that robot-marking would not go ahead until there was more research and testing.  

This is a win for students in all schools! - thanks to your parent associations, teacher unions and principal associations!  

Trial of the new HSC minimum standard online tests

Friday, November 10, 2017
Around 11,500 students from over 165 schools are this week helping NESA trial new online tests for the HSC minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.

The trial is designed to check the test questions assess the right levels of skills and ensure the smooth operation of the tests for schools and students ahead of implementation in 2018.

Catholic sector steps up fight for fair funding

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Catholic sector has stepped up calls for a fairer deal in the Commonwealth’s new school funding arrangements amid concerns of fee increases and the risk of school closures.

National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) executive director Christian Zahra told the Weekend Australian the new model disadvantaged Catholic schools compared to independent schools, which has been given 10 years to transition to their new funding level, while Catholic schools has only six years to transition.

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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. 


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.


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