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Review of Australian Curriculum

On Oct 12th Minister Pyne released the Review of the Australian Curriculum along with an Initial Government Response as a starting point for further discussions. In January 2014 the federal government appointed Dr Kevin Donnelly and Prof Ken Wiltshire to review the Australian Curriculum and there was some concern about a partisan approach and a tight time framework. However, the key recommendations of the Review are quite sound and in keeping with matters raised by AACS in its submission.

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Anti – Discrimination – Tassie Update

The in-coming Tasmanian Coalition government has commenced the process of consultation regarding proposed changes to the…

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Anti – Discrimination – Victorian Update

As previously stated the upcoming Victorian election (29 Nov) presents challenges around the ALP policy that proposes to re-introduce amendments to the Equal Opportunity Act which would negatively impact the…

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Freedom 4 Faith – Briefing Paper on Religious Freedom

This terrific group has produced a background paper that addresses the above dilemma. They pose the question: “Should faith-based organisations and schools be able to preference staff members who share their religious beliefs and …

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School Chaplaincy Update

If Christopher Pyne’s comments on Lateline on Monday (Oct 13th) are correct all states have now signed up. Previously, Vic, WA, Tas and NT had all agreed to…

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Australian Education Amendment Bill 2014 & School Improvement Plan (SIP)

Minister Pyne has introduced the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2014 into the HoR. Whilst we expect many more adjustments to the previous government’s Education Act to arrive in time, the main issue for member schools in…

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More Flexible Reporting

It’ll be interesting to see where the end result of this lands in the light of recommendations for tighter guidelines from the Australian Curriculum Review (Donnelly and Wiltshire) and looser ones here from Victoria that are in keeping with messages of greater …

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The Final (October) Payment

In a very helpful move the Department has provided to schools/ approved authorities the ability to know what their final 2014 (October) payment will be. From Tuesday 7 October, you can view the information about your revised October payment on …

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Funding Estimator Tool (FET) Update – what funding amounts are included

After some questions from Business Managers about what’s included in the state and federal figures and then which amounts are plugged into the FET tool, the Department sent us the …

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Submission – Low SES Loading Review

The Federal Department of Education has conducted an ‘invite only’ consultation and review of the Low SES loading component of the present funding regime. This loading offers more…

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An interesting approach to fees

Yeshivah Beth Rivkah College in Melbourne has decided to link its fees to the income of its parents. This also occurred in a number of Victorian Christian schools up until…

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Tailored NAPLAN Testing – 2013 Study

ACARA has released the National Assessment and Surveys Online Program, Tailored Test Design 2013 Study. An ACARA Update said that the tailored test design is sound, feasible and more engaging for students. Tailored test design uses ‘multistage adaptive test design’ to adjust the difficulty of the tests to match the ability of each student based on…

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Document retention and destruction for not-for-profits

Wondering how to get the most out of your shredder and still fulfil your legal obligations? The following article (slightly edited) comes from Our …

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Student ‘bullied by teachers’ sues school

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) has reported on the settlement of a case between Jordan Niko and De La Salle College in Revesby Heights, NSW (the College). This case raises interesting issues about…

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Interesting Privacy Law Case – the need to take care

In a recent Brisbane case (Sept 2, 2014) a non-government school was found to have breached the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) in the way in which information was provided to the …

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Eat Local Feed Global: 12–20 October

The world produces enough food for everyone, yet one in eight people still go hungry. This World Food Day (16 October) and in the week around it, thousands of people across the globe will be showing their support for the need to …

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Anti-Poverty Week: 12–18 October

Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these…

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Helpful Resources for Online Protection of Children

The Australian Government has been working on providing a range of resources to assist schools and parents in the challenging environment of …

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CyberBullying Research

University of NSW research has been prepared for the Australian Government to help it decide whether it should create a new, separate cyberbullying offence and a new…

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Pressure of Schools to Make the Grade

Pressure on schools to make the grade – great analysis article. Education continues to be highly topical in the media, so it can be difficult to discern what to read. In last weekend’s Australian Inquirer section ex-Labor Senator John Black has written an excellent piece that explores the social, political and economic reasons for changes in recent enrolment trends between …

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Where has AACS been representing you recently

ISV Disability Seminar CEN VIC State Council School Visit – Melton CS Joint Vic CSA and CEN Principals Meeting ACL Teleconference – re Equal Opportunity ISV Executive Director phone meeting – re Equal Opportunity AACS Council Teleconference Ranges TEC AGM Christian Schools Roundtable – Canberra National Consultancy Group ISCA Canberra Meeting with Aspect (Autism Australia) Sydney  

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