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by Leanne Morgan at 5:14 PM
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Remote school students fall below par
Tanya Chilcott, Lara Lauth
September 19, 2012
STUDENTS in some remote Queensland indigenous communities have NAPLAN scores less than half the national average.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said that his Government would look to address results posted by the flagship campus of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy.

The Aurukun campus, part of a multimillion-dollar trial, failed to lift any students above the National Minimum Standard in four NAPLANcategories.

Analysis of the school-by-school 2012 NAPLAN results show eight schools in indigenous communities failed to lift students at or above the NMS in at least one test category.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/remote-school-students-fall-below-par/story-fndo4ckr-1226476827808

Obviously, there are issues with using NAPLAN results to make judgements about schools, but what do you think about these results?
by Leanne Morgan at 10:05 PM
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I’ve been a little behind in getting news articles up on the web page due to end of term ‘busy-ness’. I’ll admit that I haven’t listened to the program below, but a quick glance at the transcript indicates that some interesting points were raised. The story was broadcast on ABC’s Lateline on 11th September.

The blurb was as follows:
Europe Correspondent Philip Williams discusses the latest OECD report on education in its member states, in particular what it says about education in Australia.

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: While New South Wales has cut back on spending for schools, the OECD has given Australia a strong rating in its latest education report.

It says Australia ranks high on social mobility, with many children of poorly educated parents going on to get tertiary degrees.

Feel free to add your comments or any additional articles you come across on the OECD Report.
by Leanne Morgan at 8:57 AM
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PARENTS care less about the behaviour of their children in state schools than in the private sector, an education group warns.
The Courier-Mailhas revealed the Federal Government is expected to tackle the problem as part of its Gonski response, with schools forced to engage with parents of badly behaved and underperforming students.

The warning comes after brave high school teacher Paul Cavanagh spoke out in his role as a union representative, warning good students were being held back because of unruly peers in public classrooms, while School Education Minister Peter Garrett acknowledged it was an issue teachers were struggling with.
Charles Alder, founder of new parent-focused website Talking Education, said parental...
by Leanne Morgan at 7:52 PM
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Call to overhaul teacher training
August 29, 2012

THE suite of recommendations arising from the Gonski review of school funding will fail to lift standards unless they are complemented by a transformation in teacher training, the head of one of the nation's leading education institutions has warned.

University of Melbourne dean of education Field Rickards called for the end of the existing system that "recycles" teaching practices from one generation to the next.

He said the recommendations of the Gonski review were a necessary and important step, but not the sole solution to educational disadvantage in the nation.

Professor Rickards said research showed that the biggest factor in lifting student achievement was the quality of the teacher, and better teachers required a paradigm shift in the way education faculties prepared them for the classroom.

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nat...teacher-training/story-fn59niix-1226460270215

The article continues on and talks about...
by Leanne Morgan at 7:58 PM
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New education curriculum sparks rural fears
Updated Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:29pm AEST
The Member for Dalrymple has labelled the new national educational curriculum as a "disaster" for remote students.

Shane Knuth posed a question without notice to the Queensland Education Minister in Parliament, asking what was going to be done to better support children in distance education programs.

He told the Parliament the new curriculum is making life difficult for families on properties throughout rural Queensland.

"Course material is incomplete and the level of work is too high which has made it hard for parents of isolated students to teach their children," he said.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-23/fears-aired-over-new-national-education-curriculum/4216886

What do you think about the accessibility, or otherwise, of the Australian Curriculum for students and teachers in rural areas? Wouldn't it be great if Teacher Central could...
by Leanne Morgan at 9:34 PM
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Teacher quality depends on culture of development
August 20, 2012
Tony Mackay
Positive ... research has shown that teachers enjoy working in a culture which is focused on improving the profession.
RESEARCH consistently finds that quality teaching is the leading in-school influence on student outcomes, with quality school leadership not far behind. All Australian governments recognise this fact and education ministers have recently endorsed two important statements on how to improve the quality of teaching and leadership in Australia's schools.

There is growing evidence that teachers thrive in a culture focused on improving teaching to enhance student outcomes and characterised by frequent feedback, coaching and access to high-quality professional learning. Ministers have endorsed the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework and the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders, both developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

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by Leanne Morgan at 11:02 AM
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I've just come across the following audio from a Radio National program on Thursday, 2nd August which discusses the teaching of Australian History, including the way it is covered in the Australian Curriculum.

How do we make Australian history fire in the classroom? Two historians discuss the current state of history teaching and the approach in the new national curriculum.

The second part of the program talks about quality teachers and their significance. It also talks about the issue of performance pay. The link is here.

Feel free to share your thoughts on either sections of the program.
by Leanne Morgan at 9:44 PM
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Mass exodus of the educators
August 6, 2012
Dan Haesler
Just one in 10 teachers in the NSW public school system leave the job in their first five years, according to NSW government budget figures released in June. If this is to be believed, then those running education systems around the world should be beating a path to Macquarie Street to find out how the government is so successful at retaining teachers.

The problem is it doesn't provide an accurate picture of reality.
That's according to a researcher from Monash University, Dr Philip Riley, who says, ''Young teachers leave but keep up their registration as a kind of insurance policy. So if they are counting registrations, the picture looks much healthier.''

Riley is conducting a five-year study into the attrition rate of early career teachers. ''My research shows that 40 to 50 per cent of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years in the job,'' he says.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/educ...e-educators-20120805-23no4.html#ixzz2333WFjml

by Leanne Morgan at 9:14 PM
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The article below discusses the benefits of values-based education, which embraces qualities such as respect, courage, honesty, compassion and integrity among a school community, and is underpinned by high expectations.

Schools revive 'touchy-feely' approach
A growing number of schools are seeing the benefits of adopting 'values-based' learning in a fightback against the current competitive culture in education
Dorothy Lepkowska
guardian.co.uk, Monday 6 August 2012

The pupils file in quietly class by class, the school hall lit from the front with five candles on a table. Soft music plays in the background and images of the pupils taken at various times of the year appear as a slideshow. It is the last assembly of the academic year at Tower Hill primary in Witney, Oxfordshire, and an opportunity for staff and children to reflect on the last 12 months.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/aug/06/rise-values-based-learning-schools

I don't know a lot about values-based education. Does anyone have any thoughts on...
by Leanne Morgan at 7:35 PM
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Federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett says teachers do not have to be smart
July 31, 2012

TEACHERS don't need to be smart or gifted as long as they are passionate, federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett says.

Mr Garrett was responding today to plans by the NSW government to consider ways of lifting professional standards and make it easier to fire underperforming teachers.

He said he didn't think the teaching profession needed to be more selective.

"It is not necessarily a fact that someone who is academically smart makes a better teacher than someone who isn't,'' Mr Garrett told reporters in Canberra.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/...have-to-be-smart/story-fndo20i0-1226439690536

What do you think about Peter Garrett's points? Should the selection criteria be tightened for entry to university teaching degrees? Is academic ability important when selecting entrants to university degrees?