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2017 04 April

Welcome | UPDATE | Short Updates | National Policy Forum – May 22-24, 2017 | AACS AGM | CEA | Parliamentary Snapshot | Cyclone Debbie | NSW and Tasmania Shut Down Safe Schools Coalition Program | Great Teachers More Important than Class Size | School Funding | What are the Statistics on SSM? | Would the Drinking Christians Just ‘Shut Up’ | Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies Slams SSM Activists | ADVICE | The Bible is the Mainstay of Western Life | Can a Four-Year-Old be Sexist? | Is Trans gender Ideology Compatible with Duty of Care? | Advice on Trans genderism | Can Kids Tell Other Kids About Jesus at School? | Holding a Different View | New Progressive Morality Rapidly Taking Over from Christian Beliefs | Affordability, Demographics and Enrolment Patterns | Dismissal of a Board Member was Ruled Invalid | Girls’ Educ ation and Bullying Prevention Booklet | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | Tree Climbing in the Northern Territory | The Generation Raised on Self-Esteem is Struggling | Screen Obsession: Saving Kids from Themselves | Teach Your Children How to Live Online | Adolescents and Alcohol | What Languages Should Children be Learning to Get Ahead? | Why do Schools Want all Students to Look the Same? | Is the Girls’ School Uniform Doomed? | How do we Learn to Read?
Leave Those Kids Alone |

2017 03 March

Welcome | UPDATE | Short Update | Christian Schools ‘One Voice’ | AACS AGM – Sunday May 21 | National Policy Forum – May 22 & 23 | Christian Education Symposium – Wednesday May 24 | Senate Committee Report on SSM Draft Legislation | 18C Review Report | Vale (Goodbye) Bill Leak | Funding Update | NCCD and SWD Funding | Using MySchool to Assess School Quality | Analysing the US election – John Howard | Barney on Donald | Four Year Parliamentary Terms | Teachers Told to Dob in Fat Kids | Principals are Still Working Long Hours | Nothing Uniform About School Uniforms Now | Review of Regional Education | ADVICE | The ‘Christian’ School Effect | Are Parents to Blame? | New Website for Parents | Left, Right or Christian? | Should Principals have to ‘Double Sign’? | Saver Plus | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | Gender Myths? | Christians in a Hostile West | Mobile Phone Ban | Canadian School Mobile Detox Program | Children Prefer to Read Books on Paper | The Fad About Learning Styles Faded |

2017 02 February

Welcome Back | UPDATE | Short Updates | Seismic Political Shifts and the Boom of Right-Wing Populism | How will the Australian Conservatives Go? | The Catholic Church Under the Spotlight – The Royal Commission | Marriage Bill and Religious Freedom | Review Into 18C – The Racial Discrimination Act | Charity Status and Political Involvement | Year 1 Phonics and Numeracy Tests | A Sikh Turban – Can School Boards Maintain their Uniform Policies? | Does Gender Politics Mean Uniforms are Under Review? | Gender Theory Banned in Class | Safe Schools Coalition Update | Keeping Australia Day on January 26? | Funding Update | The Christian School Voice on Funding | Continuing Claims of an Uneven Playing Field | What is the Real Cost? | Grattan Report – Student Disengagement | Finland is Getting Rid of School Subjects | Parents and the Home are the Key ‘Shapers’ | Indigenous Boarding Schools and ‘Closing the Gap’ | ADVICE | The Rejection of Identity Politics | Registration Troubles in Hobart | Here’s Why Non-Government Schools Work Better | Educating Australia Series | Best of School Governance 2016 | Yard Duty | Schools Connected to Churches and Charity Status | Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Tick? | National Institute | Does Your School Have a Fundraising Policy? | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | Things You Were Taught at School That Are Wrong | Has 2016 punched truth in the face? | The Trump ‘Apocalypse’ |

2016 12 December

Welcome to December eNews and Christmas Greetings | UPDATE | Short Update | Funding Update – State Disparities, Grattan & Wages | Christian Schools Write to the Minister on Funding | Victorian Equal Opportunity Amendment (Religious Exceptions) Bill Defeated | Changes to Victorian Birth Certificates | Gender Dysphoria and Gender Confusion | 18C – Freedom of Speech Inquiry | Commentary on ‘Australia Failing’ in International Studies | Australian Schools Continue to Fall in Maths and Science – TIMSS Study | Stop Blaming Teachers for Falling Results | Latest PISA Results Are Out | If ‘Australia’s Students are Failing. I Blame the Politicians’ | Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2016 | AITSL Annual Report 2016 \ ADVICE | Catholic Schools Completing Checks on Volunteer Parents | The Relationship Between the Business Manager, Principal and Board | The Role of the Deputy Principal | Performance Management & Redundancies: Traps and Pitfalls | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | Study Finds That Strict Classroom Discipline Improves Student Outcomes and Work Ethic | Senate Report – Harm on Young People | Should We do Away with Exams Altogether? | What to Say if Your Child Asks, ‘What’s the Point of Maths?’ |

2016 11 November

Welcome | UPDATE | Short Updates | An Equal Opportunity Update – It is all Happening in Victoria | What is so Erastian about Daniel Andrews? | Section 18C – Racial Discrimination Act | Marriage Plebiscite Defeated | Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission | NAPLAN Update | ADVICE | Funding Back on the Agenda | Students with Disabilities Funding Update | Christian Schools Response to Funding Debate | Funding and Budgets | Overfunded Schools | Myths, Media and School Funding | NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli Slams Report | The Latest Cardus Study | Cardus Study Findings | Is Freedom of Religion an Individual Right or is it More Communal? | The Length of Pre-school | Priv acy Update | Student Wellbeing Hub | The Relationship Between Principal and Business Manager | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | The US Election – A Shock Result | Leadership in an Angry and Divided Nation | Parents’ Choices of Primary Schools | The Controversy Over the Safe Schools Program – Finding the Sensible Centre | What Christian Bale Could Teach Us About The “Safe Schools” Program? | Playground Duty: 10 Years Since the St Mark’s Case | School Staff Workload Study | Fairfax Offer | Male Teacher Crisis: How can We Encourage More Men to Join the Profession? | Muck Up Day | Weasel Words | Spanish Parents Urged to Put Children on Weekend Homework Strike |

2016 10 October

Due to unforeseen circumstances there was no October eNews. Apologies for any inconvenience.

2016 09 September

Welcome | UPDATE | Short Updates | Funding Update – Long Term Budgeting | A New Battle Looming Over Funding | The Marriage Plebiscite | Has 18C of the Federal Radical Discrimination Act Gone too far? | Why is it so Hard to go up Against the PCC? | FFF Melbourne Conference – September 23 | The Victorian E O Debate | The Institute for Civil Society | Heathdale Christian College | Religious Instruction – Queensland Update | Who Gets What? The Long and the Short of it – Senate Seats | Gender Dysphoria (GD) | VET Data Review | New Educ ation Authority in NSW Replaces BOSTES | ADVICE | Hope, Engagement and Well-being Linked to Students’ Future Success | How does your School Deal with ‘Problematic’ Parents? | Schools Responding to Harm Being Done to Australian Children | Damaging our Children’s Future | What will School Education Look like by 2020? | Raising the Status of Teaching | Australians Together – Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People Working Together | Ten Key Elements for Child Safe Organisations Nation-Wide | Father-Friendly Parenting Program Launches | Want to Improve NAPLAN Scores? Teach Children Philosophy | NAPLAN Online Position Paper – APPA | Has Spending Gone up While Student Achievement has Stalled or Declined? | Supporting Students with Autism in the Classroom: What Teachers Need to Know | Doctors in Schools – What are the Boundaries? | OTHER INTERESTING NEWS | Talented Teachers Crushed by Administrivia | Fearing Men in Schools will do More Harm than Good | Students are not Hard-Wired to Learn in Different Ways | The Problem of ‘All-or-Nothing’ Re-engineering | Does Homework Work for You? | Top 10 Findings on Teens and the Bible | Bring Back Risky Play |

2016 08 August

Welcome | UPDATE | Short Updates | The Confirmed 2016 Election Result | What Does the Election Result Mean for School Funding? | AACS Advocacy and the New Federal Education Leadership | Education Council Meeting | Students with Disabilities Census and Funding | The National Census and the Religion Question | eSafety Commissioner | 2016 NAPLAN Results are not Good Enough | The NAPLAN Trap | Our Failing Schools. Enough is Enough! | Freedom for Faith One Day Conferences | National Policy Forum 2016 Presentations | What Does Safe Schools Coalition Teach About Gender? | ADVICE | LGBTI Discrimination and the Implications for Victorian Christian Schools | How Should the Plebiscite on Marriage be Designed? | New Victorian Child Safe Standards and Other States Requirements | Disability Discrimination: What are Reasonable Adjustments? | What is Shaping Our Young People’s Understanding of S ex? | Conflicts of Interest in Schools: How do you Manage Them? | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | The Shaping Influence of Christianity | Reimaging School Design |
Reimagining NSW: How Good Governance Strengthens Democracy | DIDUNO and Father’s Day and the Christian Connection | Canadian University Religious Liberty |

2016 07 July

Welcome | UPDATE | Short Updates | What are the Implications of the Election for Christian Schools? | Prayers for our Government | Election Analysis | What we have Learnt from the Election? | Freedom for Faith One Day Conferences | Christian Schools National Business Conference | Anti-Discrimination Legislation – Victorian Update | Is There a New Australian Conservative Movement Starting? | Manner of the Plebiscite Debate | Establishing a Religion – Section 116 in the Constitution | Swedish Minister Argues that Discussion is Needed – Banning Religious Schools | ADVICE | Great Speech – John Gorton | Recruitment and Avoiding an Adverse Action Claim | School Fined Following Illegal Use of Fixed-Term Contracts for Teachers | Did Gonski get it Right? School Funding and Performance | Celebrating Diversity | Dawkins – An Unexpected Defender | Final Instalment of John Collier’s Study | The Duty to Cooperate, Consult and Coordinate: Work, Health and Safety and Off-Campus Activities | 2016 Pay Guides | Queensland New Guidelines for Teachers, Students and Social Media | Robots Writing Reports? | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | Schools Grapple with the New Divide: Screentime or Textbooks | One in Five Early Childhood Educators Plan to Leave the Profession | The Dangers of Party Discipline | Home Schooling Numbers on the Rise | Marriage Redefinition Resource | Alternative Girls Magazine – Bella Rae | Anti-Poverty Week | Insights of a Former School Principal | The Political World is Changing | Exercise Boosts Kids Brain Power |

2016 06 June

Welcome | UPDATE | Short Updates | AACS – Election Advocacy | Don’t Cross the Line | AACS – The Election Campaign | Also Chaplaincy and Safe Schools Coalition | Responding to the Safe Schools Coalition | Religion Lessons ‘Not for Activists’ | Greens Make Religious Liberty an Issue | Exemptions in Discrimination Laws | Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) Informing SWD Funding | Possible Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act Review | Queensland Review of Religious Education | ADVICE | Comment Code of Conduct | Funding Adjustments – Low SES and ELP Loadings | Conference on Identity – 7th or 10th September, 2016 | Tim Wilson (ex-Human Rights Commissioner) on Religious Freedom | PC Conformity | Por nography – Your Choicez | Duty of Care Before and After School Hours: Who is Responsible? | Christian Churches Drifting Too Far From the Marketplace of Ideas | Catholic Bishops Speak Out | Catholic Bishops May Speak – But is Anyone Listening? | John Hattie – How to Improve the Quality of Education in Australian Schools? | What Works Best and What Doesn’t Work in Education | NSW AIS Research into Academic Achievement | Schools Operating as Incorporated Associations – WA, NSW, SA and TAS | ACER Report Examines Five Major Challenges Facing Schools | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | Why be a School Principal? | Female Student at Catholic School Wins in Fight to Wear Pants | US Government Issues Trans gender Restroom Guidance to Schools | Nature (Genetics) or Nurture – Educational Outcomes | NAIDOC – Songlines: The Living Narrative of our Nation | From Tiger to Free-range Parents – What Research Says About Pros and Cons of Popular Parenting Styles |

2016 05 May

Welcome | UPDATE | Short Updates | The Budget – A Guide for Christian Schools | Foreign Aid – Where is our Moral Outrage? | Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission Case Development | Education Funding is a Mess | Disability Funding |
Is There Government vs Non-government Inequality? | Federal Funding Restored to Three Islamic Schools | 2016 Global Christian Schools Network Gathering | ADVICE | Caretaker Conventions | What is so Outstanding About Those Finns? | John Collier – Part 4 | The Reason for Changing Enrolments Patterns | Christianity is the Greatest Shaper of Australia Says John Howard | Creating a Child Safe Culture | Q&A’s All-Christian Panel Told Those who Disagree are ‘Neither Wicked nor Stupid’ | s the Christian Voice Being Shut Out? | Legal Actions Against Schools: Is Your School Prepared? | Can our Federalism Feuds be Fixed by Looking Overseas? | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | Parents are Formidable | School Bans Hugging in Favour of Caution | Kids are Sponges for Bad Parenting | Key Reasons Why Teachers Quit | How Autism can Make the Teenage Years Even Tougher |

2016 04 April

Welcome | UPDATES | Short Updates | Two Conference Opportunities | Interesting Statistics | AACS AGM | Christian Schools National Policy Forum – 23 & 24 May | Christian Schools Symposium – 25 May | NAPLAN Results Out and My School 2016 Updated | ISCA and AHISA Forum | Independent Schools Inject Value into the Queensland Economy | ADVICE | Discrimination Activism Going Mad | Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) Controversy and Review | The SSCA Controversy – AACS commentary | Big Concerns for Andrews’ Government – Further AACS Commentary | Year 8 Kids to Study Se x Ads | The Australian Editorial – The Se xulisation of Children | Does Gender Correspond with Biological Se x? | Gender Ideology Harms Children | Alternative Anti-Bullying Programs | John Collier – Next Instalment | The New Grattan Institute Report – Widening Gaps | Is There a Link Between Funding and Results? | Update on the Student With Disabilities (SWD) Situation | Governance Wars | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | Explaining Offshore Banking Using Piggy Banks | Cut the Waffle | Not Another Disability Acronym | Parents Assisting Their Children Develop Skills for School | Victorian Students Screened for Dyslexia | Parents Made Responsible | Mother’s Day and the Christian Connection |

2016 03 March

Welcome | Short Updates | Voting Reform and a Possible Double Dissolution Election |
AACS 2016 Election Campaign | Safe Schools Coalition | Marriage Plebiscite and Legislation Preparation | AACS AGM | Unity Amongst Christian Schools – One Advocacy Body | Christian Schools National Policy Forum – 23 & 24 May | Symposium – 25 May | Select Committee on School Funding Investment | School Enrolment Numbers – the Latest Data | Closing the Gap – Annual Report | Students With Disability Data and Funding – ‘A System in Crisis’ | National Disability Insurance Scheme National Framework | Male Teacher Numbers Dwindling | South Australian Equal Opportunity Review |
Australian Law Reform Commission – Inquiry on Religious Freedom | ADVICE | Religious School Loses its Funding | Free Speech and the Culture Wars | Children’s Access to Inappropriate Online Sites can have Devastating Repercussions | Q Commons – A Great Think Tank | John Collier’s Report on European Christian Schooling | Victorian Schools Axe A to E grades in Light of Updated Guidelines |
Former Student Sues Victorian Educ Department | OTHER INTERESTING MATTERS | A Clash Between Commonwealth and State Anti-Discrimination Laws | Separating Students on Ability – ‘Is a Failure’ | Australian Child Wellbeing Project Report | Some Good Press – Covenant Christian School ACT | Just for Fun |

2016 02 February

Greetings|AACS AGM|Christian Schools National Policy Forum – May 23 & 24th|UPDATE|Update Summary|The ALP’s Funding Policy|The Contentious Issue of Funding – Extra AACS Comments|Is There Much That Separates the Parties on Education Policy?|Election Preparation|Easier for Parents to Volunteer Their Time at School – South Australia (SA)|New Child Abuse Laws Come into Force in Victoria|Small Change to National Employment Standard (NES) Parental Leave|Senate Committee Reports on Disabilities|GOOD ADVICE|Child Protection Toolkit|John Collier, Some Worthy Study Notes|Risk Management – Attention Business Managers and Principals|Independent Schools are a Broad Church|The Difficulty of Defining Child Abuse|Mental Health, Disabilities and Bullying|The Relationship Between the Principal and the School Board|OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES|Christmas Carol Ban is out of Tune with Society|Why was Tony Abbott so Unpopular?|Do we Take our Fair Share and Does our Practice Have Integrity? – Students with Disabilities|Teachers are Leaving the Profession|The Horrible State of Political Donations|Pornography Harms Kids|The New School Year can be a Time of Dread for Parents of Kids with Special Needs|2015 the Year that was ‘Education’|Why are our 15 Year Olds Falling Behind in Reading and Writing?|Labour Day|

2015 12 December

Christmas Greetings | Welcome | Positive Comments on Funding Model | ISCA Executive Director | Good Advice | Discriminate, but do it Well | Teen Sexting – Not an Issue? What a Lie This is | Other Interesting articles | ICT is Failing in Schools – Here’s Why | Wired and tired: Why Parents Should Take Technology Out of Their Kid’s Bedroom | Finding Peace Within the Holy Texts | Free Speech Suffers When the Intolerant Take Offence | Western Civilisation is Under Threat, but not Just From Terrorism | It May be Awkward, but we Need to Talk to Kids About Porn |

2015 11 November

Welcome | UPDATE | The Political Update | Notices of Non Compliance | NAPLAN Online | GST | Funding Again – The Coalition Re-enters the Fray | A Fresh Set of Principles for Funding – Simon Birmingham | A Link Between Educational Outcomes and Funding | Dates for AACS AGM and National Policy Forum | NSW Prayer Groups | Tasmanian Anti-discrimination Test Case | NSW Christian Schools Roundtable | Notices of Non Compliance | GOOD ADVICE | Ethos Clauses | New Child Safe Standards to be Introduced in Victoria | Important Royal Commission Report on Reasons Why Schools Fail to Stop Abuse | Mandatory Reporting: Children’s Statements to Teachers About Abuse | School Structures and Taxes | OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES | The Pillar | All our eggs in the phonetics basket? | Wardrobes, Witches and Why We Need Logic | Facebook concerns | Reporting Time | Parent Teacher Interviews | Seven Myths About Dyslexia Put to Rest |

2015 10 October

A New Education Minister | Changes on the other side | It’s another shift for Child Care | Reflections on the challenges faced by the new Education Minister | A Pyne report card – How did the Minister go? | Should Prayer Groups in Schools be allowed? | Does religion have a place in the public square? | What are the religious instruction guidelines for different states? | Ministerial Council Agreements | Christian Schools and the Australian Curriculum | What are the changes to the Australian Curriculum? | What about changes at the state level? | Leave the Australian Curriculum alone for a while | Phonics, faith and coding for primary school kids | An overview of the Christian Schools’ Funding Paper | Senate Inquiry into Students with Disability (SWD) | Anti–Discrimination Laws | Complaint against Catholic Archbishop represents rising intolerance against Christianity | Attention Business Managers – Australian Government Recurrent Funding | National Children’s Week: Oct 24 – Nov 1 | Reading teaching in schools can kill a love for books | Are iPads in schools a waste of money? OECD report says yes | 21st Century Assessment | Should children help in cleaning up? | Children learn from stress and failure: all the more reason you shouldn’t do their homework | Parental aspirations drive children’s academic success | How does the home environment influence children’s learning? | ‘A refund for faulty service’: Private school repays school fees following sexual abuse of student |

2015 09 September

Opening Notes | Welcome Christine Paech | A New Prime Minister | Spotlight on Religious Freedom | Discrimination Exemptions on Again in Victoria | Special Religious Instruction Cutbacks in Victoria | And then there was only me – Are Christian Schools in the firing line? | Christianity is still significant in our National Life | Intolerance of the Intolerant – Q&A 17 August | NSW Prayer Groups | Gayby Baby | Safe Schools Coalition | Deed of Indemnity | Where are we at regarding the Royal Commission Outcomes? | Beware of Grooming Behaviour | Using NAPLAN Data | NAPLAN Online can’t Deliver Fair Results | Gratten Report – Targeted Teaching | Do Faith and Politics Mix? | Higher Education Completion Rates | New Acting Executive Director of ISCA | Charter Schools in Australia? | Long Term Funding Model | The politics of Funding and Wage Expectations | Submissions – Students with Disabilities | Making Reasonable Adjustments – SWD | How much did your fees go up? | Back to Basics – isn’t all that it cut out to be | Two John Hattie papers | Junior Primary Book on Bullying | Bullying | Bullying and Legal Action | How to Handle Bullies? | Too much Screen Time | Why Screen Time before Bed is Bad for Children | Fallacious Neurosophisms | Teaching How to Think if just as Important as Teaching Anything Else

2015 08 August

NAPLAN Results Out | The Good, the Bad, the Ugly – NAPLAN | NAPLAN – How did your state perform? | Comparing the top and bottom end? | Primary Curriculum shifts to core skills | Review of Traditional Rights, Freedoms and Privileges – ALRC | Is Private vs Public really Peter vs Paul? | Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in Schools | The Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission’s first major report | Historical sexual abuse claims— what standards apply: those of today or yesteryear? |COAG Leaders Meeting – July 23/ 24 | ALP on Education | Are you ACNC Reporting compliant? | Ease needless bureaucracy for teachers | Transition to Secondary School | Do your Year 12 Graduates Finish their Uni Degrees? |
Magna Carta at 800 – Understood as drafters intended it to be | OTHER INTERESTING MATERIAL | Should students be taught to scrub toilets and vacuum classrooms? |
Over-parenting | Slow Your Family Down |

2015 07 July

Same Sex Marriage and its Implications | Christian School Accused of Victimising 10-year-old transgender girl | Christian Sex Education Program Gets in Trouble | Resignation of ISCA CEO Yvonne Luxford | South Australia Code of Conduct | Reform of the Federation White Paper | School Funding – Can’t see the Wood for the Trees? | Senate Inquiry into Disability Standards for Education | SWD – NCCD Data Date | Australian Government Compliance Certification | Minimum Wage Rises | National literacy and numeracy test for teaching graduates | National literacy and Numeracy Test for Teaching Graduates | Classroom Allocation more Important than other Policy Considerations | Ignore at Your Peril | Children’s eSafety Commissioner: Cyber-bullying Complaints | New Chair for ACARA | ALP Educational Positioning |OTHER INTERESTING MATERIAL| Banning Nuts from Schools is No Use | Former student Sues School – Bullying | ADHD Students Should be Allowed to Fidget |

2015 06 June

The 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta | Great new resource – Transformation by Design | 2015 Christian Schools National Policy Forum | Religious Freedom – Tasmania | Disability Standards for Education Review | Understanding the Disability Standards | Concerns about the Disability Definition and its Consequences | SWD Numbers Swelling |Great new Autism Assistance | Education Council Meeting – May 29th | The STEM and Coding Discussion | Concern about Islamic Schools Compliance with the Education Act 2013 | Changes at the ‘Early Years’ end | OECD Skills Outlook 2015 – Youth, Skills and Employability | The PISA Report – Australia 14th | Anything to be learnt from the East Asians? | Further Learning from Asia’s School Systems? | Five things Schools Need to Know about Privacy | OTHER INTERESTING MATERIAL | A Donocracy

2015 05 May

AACS AGM and the National Policy Forum – Canberra May 24-26th | Quick Political Issue Update | The 2015 Budget | NAPLAN Automarking | Privacy – One year on. Are you Privacy Compliant? | Finding Suitably Qualified Teachers – Using ‘Permission to Teach’ | Teachers say “We don’t have time for mental health” | Should the States be in Charge of School Funding? | ACNC Update | ACNC – Updating your Charitable Sub-Type | Electronic Super Processing | Updated Low SES and ELP Loadings’ Calculations | Tax Discussion Paper – Attention Business Manager | 2015 Student Attendance Data Collection | Victorian Human Rights Review | Australian Law Reform Commission Review – ‘Traditional Rights and Freedoms’ | Guidelines for School Playgrounds | OTHER INTERESTING MATERIAL | War on ‘Pointless Paperwork’ | Christopher Pyne’s Four Pillars |

2015 04 April

Annual General Meeting 24th May | Christian Schools National Policy Forum – May 25 & 26 | Invite Your Local Federal Member | Two Great New Resources | New Opening for Tax Deductibility | Autism Boy ‘Locked Up’ & AEU survey | nationally Consistent Collection of Data – SWD | Schools Obligations to Students with Disability (SWD) | Online Autism Help | e-Safety Commissioner Appointed | Keeping up With the Child Abuse Requirements | ‘Removing School Freedoms is in Bad Faith’ | Skills for Social Progress: the Power of Social and Emotional Skills | Review into Early Childhood Education Report | Religious Freedom – Cardus | The Impacts of part Time Work on Study and Grades | Dealing with Problem Parents

2015 03 March

AACS Annual General Meeting 24th May 2015 | Christian Schools National Policy Forum – May 25 & 26 | Where’s The Australian Curriculum Review Up To? | Abolishing ACNC On Hold | NAPLAN 2014 Results Out | Compliance Framework | More TTC Schools | VET Changes | Teacher Education Report | Online Autism Help | School Data | ISCA Executive Director – Newly Appointed| School Governance – a Recommended Resource | What Are We Allowed To Include In Our Employment Contracts? | Relaxing the Free-To-Air TV Rules | Interesting Article: ‘Tide of Disregard’ for Language Kills Reading | On NAPLAN – Some Alignment with a Greens Position | The Intergenerational Report and Schools

2015 02 February

Federal Government Instability | Where’s Funding at? | Christian Schools National Policy Forum – May 25, 26 2015 | On a Personal Note | Queensland Election Result | Trade Training Centre Review | Productivity Commission Report on Government Services (RoGS) – Education Section | Federation White Paper | Autism Education Website Launched | Tax Reform: GST on Education – a Big Deficit for Christian Schools | Surviving Year 12 | Schools Clean Up Day | eSmart Digital Licence | WA Bans Corporal Punishment | School Chaplaincy | Raising the Bar: Meeting New Standards in School Governance | Gen Z Heralds the Rise of the ‘Screenager’

2014 12 December

Christmas Greetings | On a Personal Note | The ALP Victory in Victoria and its Implications for Christian Schools | Christopher Pyne – The Education Year in Overview | 2015 Student Attendance Data Changes | My School Website – Review of 2013 School Financial Data | Explaining School Fees | Australian Government Funding – 2015 | Australian Curriculum & Christian Schools Resource Response | 2014 Annual Information Statement – ACNC (Business Managers Note) | Australian Government Financial Accountability – (Business Managers Note) | 2011–2014 Principal Health and Wellbeing Report | The Right Way to use the School Credit Card | Great Character | Where has AACS been Representing you Recently – Nov |

2014 11 November

Chaplaincy Applications | Do Christian Schools Carry their Fair Load | OECD 2014 Education at a Glance | The State of Play of the Australian Curriculum | Changes to the Australian Education Act 2013 & SIP | Education Council Meeting – 31st October | Unhelpful Grandstanding | Disability Funding | Naplan on-line – What about the Logistics? | Go Home On Time Day: November 20 | Emphasis on Teachers and AITSL Changes | AITSL’s Report on Teacher Training | The Freedom to Employ Christian Staff and Victorian Election Update | Freedom 4 Faith | Freedom of Religion Under Pressure – Bob Johnston | Rights and Responsibilities Survey | Increasing State School Autonomy | Student Death Prompts Calls for Better Camp Safety | School Boards: Manage your Reputation | Leadership Challenges | Where has AACS been Representing you Recently – October

2014 10 October

Review of Australian Curriculum | Anti-Discrimination – Tassie Update | Anti-discrimination – Victorian update | Freedom 4 Faith – Briefing Paper on Religious Freedom | School Chaplaincy Update | Australian Education Amendment Bill 2014 & School Improvement Plan (SIP) | More Flexible Reporting | The Final (October) Payment | Funding Estimator Tool (FET) Update – what funding amounts are included | Submission – Low SES Loading Review | An interesting approach to fees | Tailored NAPLAN Testing – 2013 Study | Document retention and destruction for not-for-profits | Student “bullied by teachers’ sues school | Interesting Privacy Law Case – the need to take care | Eat Local Feed Global: 12-20 October | Anti-Poverty Week 12-18 October | Helpful Resources for Online Protection of Children | CyberBullying Research | Pressure of Schools to Make the Grade | Where has AACS been representing you recently

2014 09 September

Disability Funding and Data Collection | Funding Certainty and the Funding Calculater | Big Percentages are Not for your ‘Recurrent’ Pockets | Getting the Parent Occupation Code Register Correct | Chaplaincy Clarifications | NAPLAN Results | Government Response to NAPLAN Recommendations | A Great Naplan Cover Letter | Greater Public School Autonomy | The Great Homework Debate | How Good is the OECD PISA Rating? | Independent Education Union Campaign on Disabilities | Pre-School Funding Reassurance | Where has AACS Been Representing you Recently |

2014 08 August

Schools Security Programme | Religious Freedom in Victoria | Equal Opportunity Legislation – Victoria | Recent Submissions | Trade Training Centre Review | School Improvement Plan and the Professional Teacher Development Framework | Reduce Red Tape – ‘Command and Control’ | Funding Estimation Tool | Teachers on Net | Primary Principals Want More Freedom to Decide | Australian Curriculum – A Christian Schools’ Response | Paul Kelly at his Best | Prolegis | Cyberbullying | Where has AACS Been Representing You Recently

2014 07 July

Corporal Punishment Debate | July Funding Notices | Chaplaincy Funding Update | Senate Select Committee Abbott Government’s Budget Cuts | Senate Select Committee School Funding Review | Trade Training Centre Reveiw | Australian Curriculum Review | Consultation Before the Abolition of the ACNC | Christian Schools National Business Conference 2014 | White Paper on Reform of the Federation | Prolegis – Employment Law | Schoolkids Bonus | Where has AACS been representing you recently

2014 06 June

We have made some improvements | National Policy Forum resources | Not-for-Profit reporting ACNC | Teachers.on.net | Chaplaincy update | Victorian ALP to limit religious exemptions | Is the right of equal opportunity a higher right than religious freedom | Senate select committee hearing on school funding | School funding update | Students with Disability Funding | Direct federal funding for our sector | Note for business managers | A bucket load of money won’t fix the problem | Recent submissions | Student principal for a day | What different interest groups can do with figures | “NAPLAN is not in the best interest of young Australian’s” | Copyright reform | Where has AACS been representing you recently

2014 05 May Policy Forum Reflections

Policy Forum Reflections

2014 05 May

High Court Challenge to School Chaplaincy | Commission of Audit (COA) | The COA Rationale | Federal Schools Funding | Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) | AACS Policy Package | Australian Curriculum Paper | AACS AGM & National Policy Forum | VET in Schools (VETiS) Funding | Centre for Independant Studies Report | Class Size Flexibility | Teacher Education Public Consultation

2014 04 April

Discriminating when employing | The new funding model | School Improvement Plans | Students with a Disability Funding: confusion | Reducing regulatory burdens in the Australian Education Act 2013 | National Policy Forum | Privacy Policy changes | Policy Support | Australian Curriculum submission | Controversy over Judeo-Christian influence | Well-being research project | Moral outrage coming from an unusual corner

2014 02 Feb

Bob, the Advocate … he can fix it | New Contact Details | New Book: “Taking God to School” | AACS writes submissions | Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission | School funding update | Review of the Australian Curriculum | Why funding independent schools is a smart idea

2013 12 December

Announcement from the AACS Council | Vigilance with your PEN’s | New name for DEEWR | Farewells and Christmas greetings | Coalition “scraps the cap” on self-education | Government boosts support for students with disabilities | Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

2013 10 October

Better Schools Funding | Supplementation | A reminder – School Improvement Plans | Replacement for retiring Executive Officer | Being prepared to Defend our Place in the Education Sector

2013 09 Sep

A Challenging Future | Connect with your new Federal Member | Position Vacant – Executive Officer AACS | Principal Position – Leighland Christian School

2013 08 Aug

Differentiating the Two Major Parties | AACS and the Australian Greens | Position Vacant – Executive Officer AACS | Funding Update | What to Expect in January 2014 | New Draft Health and Physical Education Curriculum | AACS Policy Service | Other Positions Becoming Vacant

2013 07 July

ISCA Brokers Special Transition Funding | Preparing Your School Improvement Plans | Election Updates | Policy Updates

2013 06 June

Bills to be passed before the end of this week | The Sex Discrimination Amendment | Election update | Financial Prudential Health Watch Survey and Report

2013 05 May

Gonski Again | The Coalition’s Position | State Reform Agendas | The Royal Commission into Child Abuse | The Australian School Performance Institute

2013 04 April Issue

Join us in Canberra in May | Gonski Update April | Election Support Pack | Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission | Introduction of Governance Standards | Protecting Our Calling Against the Ravages of Change | Current Submissions | State News

2013 03 March

Gonski funding | Brave New World of Gonski | Federal Election Strategy | National School Improvement Plan | How Should AACS Schools Position themselves? | What about the Coalition? | Beyond Gonski.