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Backflip over controversial school zone change

Controversial changes to a coveted inner-city school zone have been abandoned by the Andrews government. Under the changes, Melbourne Girls College's enrolment zone would have dramatically shrunk from 2020, excluding almost half of Richmond and parts of

TheAge, yesterday, 23:22

From weeds to high ATARs: The super principals fixing underperforming schools

When Gail Major arrived at Scoresby Secondary College the fences were covered with graffiti and weeds sprouted from the garden beds. There were even bigger issues in the classrooms. SHARE Share on Facebook SHARE Share on Twitter TWEET Link NAPLAN and VCE

TheAge, yesterday, 11:49

Damning report into NSW schools finds 'unacceptable' mistreatment

For nearly six months, Nicole Lim says her son Carlos Blanch, who has autism and is non-verbal, came home from school every week with cuts and bruises on his arms and legs. The first time it happened, in March this year, Ms Lim went straight to the princ, Friday, 11:01

'HSC has had its day': top Catholic educator says year 12 exams are archaic

The HSC is an "artefact of the past" that should be scrapped, according to a leading NSW Catholic educator who warns that NAPLAN data is often misused and misrepresented and should not be linked to year 12 results. Greg Whitby, the director..., Friday, 02:05

Teacher awarded six-figure payout after being bullied by school principal

A NSW primary school teacher who says she attempted suicide after being bullied by her principal and isolated by her colleagues for more than a year has received a six-figure settlement from her school authority. Helen Frances*, 53, was a full-time casua, Wednesday, 12:07

Teachers 'infuriated' by proposed year 1 literacy and numeracy tests

National and NSW teachers' unions and education experts have strongly criticised federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham's plan to introduce literacy and numeracy checks for all year 1 students, and say that it involves importing a test that has fail, Monday, 20:36

More than 40 per cent of NSW school students nominate 'no religion': new data

More than 40 per cent of the 795,000 students in NSW's public schools do not list any religion on their enrolment form, according to new data that comes as parents and teachers push for an overhaul of the strict rules that leave students with..., Monday, 02:26

Year 12 students consider sector with 70,000 new jobs

Grace Vegesana is planning to study law at university once she graduates, but says her perspective on the popular subject has completely changed since she learnt more about the disability and care sector. "I do legal studies and a lot of people..., Sunday, 21:55

Thousands of year 11 students to sit new critical thinking test

About 7000 year 11 students will sit a new critical thinking exam this year, which has been developed as universities and employers stress jobs of the future will require more than the traditional subjects taught in the Higher School Certificate. The opt, 16 September 2017

University of Sydney unveils genetically-identical clone of iconic quadrangle jacaranda

A few hours after sunset on Thursday, a jacaranda tree that has been missing for nearly nine months was returned to the University of Sydney's quadrangle. It isn't exactly the same as the iconic tree that stood in the quadrangle for 88 years before colla, 16 September 2017

Boosting education or cutting company tax: which will do more to boost the economy?

Don't look now, but this election is being fought on actual policy grounds. Yes, it's economic modelling at 20 paces in a fight to determine which party's policies will deliver the biggest boost to the economy. The Coalition's centrepiece is a $48.2 bill

TheAge, 16 September 2017

One in three principals victims of physical violence at school, survey finds

The student's fist came out of nowhere, slicing through the air towards the principal's face. "You never expect it to happen and when it does, it's a shock," Dennis Yarrington says. SHARE Share on Facebook SHARE Share on Twitter TWEET Link...

TheAge, 15 September 2017

Police called as hundreds of protesters surround Sydney University 'vote no' rally

Police have been called to the University of Sydney after a rally encouraging students to vote "no" in the same-sex marriage postal survey drew hundreds of counter-protesters. About 200 students gathered around a few students who were making..., 14 September 2017

Relief, happiness and disappointment as VCE results released

For five excruciating days, Natasha Kennedy resisted the temptation to open her VCE results. She was one of more than 2000 students who received their results early due to a technical glitch. At first she thought it was a cruel hoax, and then she was pre

TheAge, 14 September 2017

The reason schools lock students out of the VCE

Why are some schools discouraging students from doing the VCE? In most instances, students decide what path they will follow during their final years of school. They might choose the VCE or its successful vocational alternative, the Victorian Certificate

TheAge, 13 September 2017
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