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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 
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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.