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Our Education System: How do we Compare Internationally?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Recently the OECD released its major education report card comparing school systems and higher education in 35 advanced economies. 

Federal education minister Simon Birmingham seized on the report, Education at a Glance, saying while it highlighted Australia's "world-class education system", it also showed more money does not improve results.

NCEC Celebrates Educators on World Teachers’ Day

Friday, October 28, 2016

National Catholic Education Commission executive director Ross Fox has encouraged students to use World Teachers’ Day this Friday to offer a special vote of thanks to the teachers who are shaping their learning – and their lives.

Australia celebrates World Teachers’ Day on the final Friday of October each year. The international celebration of the day falls in early October, meaning it clashes with school holidays in many Australian states and territories, which led to the date change in this country.

Mr Fox said teachers in Catholic schools, and in all schools, do tremendous work to support the education of students.

“There is broad acceptance of the fact that outside of the family home, classroom teachers are likely to have the biggest impact on the development of young Australians,” he explained.

“Across the country, there has never been a greater focus on the important task of supporting teachers for their very important role in helping to prepare students for their educational challenges and their life challenges.”

Simple Ways to Say Thank you

ReachOut launches HSC support for Parents

Friday, October 14, 2016

Parents of HSC students often feel just as anxious about the exams as their children, with a new support service aimed at supporting mums and dads to be launched as 70,000 pupils prepare to sit the first test on Thursday. 

Mental health group ReachOut has extended its online resources on studying and managing HSC-related pressure to parents.


Questions over NSW Year 9 Literacy and Numeracy Test

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Changes to requirements for the higher school certificate in New South Wales schools are coming under fire from some critics who say it could affect the educational prospects and aspirations of as many as half of all students.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced earlier this year that students will have to meet literacy and numeracy requirements of proficient year 9 students to receive their HSC. They would have to achieve band 8 – the third-highest ranking in year 9 NAPLAN testing – before completing year 12 to receive the HSC.

Parent Info Session: Pornography & Young People Today

Friday, September 30, 2016

Pornography has become a parenting issue we can’t afford to ignore…

Readily available and aggressively marketed online, exposure to hardcore pornography is now mainstream. Porn has become a default sex educator for many young people, with serious implications for their capacity to negotiate free and full consent, for mutual respect, sexual health, and gender equality.

This session will be led by Maree Crabbe, Coordinator of the community education project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality. Maree is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the documentary film Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, broadcast on SBS in Australia and in five other countries, and author of In The Picture – a whole school resource to assist secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery. Maree’s articles on young people, sexuality and pornography have been published in online and print media. READ MORE

OECD Report: Insight into Australian Education

Friday, September 23, 2016

A 500-page report, recently released from the OECD, contains statistical data on a range of educational measures, including how much money is spent on education, attainment of secondary and tertiary qualification, early childhood education participation and school leader profiles.

Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the report shows Australia has a “world-class education system” but that there is also “clear room for improvement”.

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) is reporting a solid increase in students tackling VET subjects, which give teens valuable work experience before they leave school. 

“About 30 per cent of students are now studying a VET course,” BOSTES executive director of curriculum Paul Hewitt said. 

From nursing to electrotechnology and the study of ancient languages, there are now more than 84 subjects on offer in the NSW syllabus. Some offer a traditional path to university, others a different way to employment. 

Read more online     Find out more about VET subjects on BOSTES Website

Teacher Qualities: Skills of the Past and Skills of the Future

Friday, September 02, 2016

Traditional literacy and numeracy skills remain very important. But what were previously known as “soft skills” have been added to the list. These include critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, well-being, entrepreneurism, ethics, global-mindedness, cultural competence and digital literacy.
So where are the “new-school” teaching quality approaches now working to incorporate these skills?

What will School Education look like by 2020?

Friday, September 02, 2016
How will the current population boom effect our schools?
How many students are being taught by teachers working outside of their qualifications

iParent: New Resources for Keeping Our Kids Safe Online

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The ever changing nature of the internet can pose challenges for parents who wish to keep on top of their children’s technology use. While children might seem to be tech savvy, they still need a parent’s guiding hand to help make sure their online experience is positive and safe.

For practical resources and advice v
isit the new iParent website from the The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner .