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2015 08 August

NAPLAN Results Out

Every year when NAPLAN results come out there is the usual ‘we’re not doing well enough’ and some education-in-crisis commentary. In response to this year’s results the main commentary has queried why literary and numeracy results have stagnated. The national data shows that primary students have gained minimal improvement and secondaries have slipped, particularly in writing tasks. More broadly, over the seven years since NAPLAN tests were introduced most measurements indicate no major improvement. Click here to go the NAPLAN website NAPLAN individual student reports should be out around August 17, two weeks earlier than last year. Some worthwhile comments in the Fairfax media (SMH August 5th) … “University of Melbourne emeritus professor Patrick Griffin said he was not surprised NAPLAN results had flat-lined. Professor Griffin, an expert in assessments in schools, said NAPLAN would be more useful if it helped teachers improve and target their teaching. ‘‘If you want to...

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Martin for eNews

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly – NAPLAN

Whilst we assume NAPLAN testing is here to stay the debate about the worth of this national testing regime remains. Strengths and weaknesses of the scheme are readily identifiable. On the positive end, used in appropriate ways at the local school level, the results can be diagnostically helpful for…

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Comparing the Top and Bottom End?

Stewart Riddle in “The Conversation” ran an excellent article commenting on the contrasting NAPLAN results between Australia’s two territories…

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Primary Curriculum Shifts to Core Skills

The weekend papers reported on changes to the national primary curriculum. The Donnelly and Wilshire Review and an earlier 2015 meeting of Education Ministers had already forecast agreement around these changes. This story was providing an ACARA update on…

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Review of Traditional Rights, Freedoms, and Privileges – ALRC

After all the hullabaloo of the controversial section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act Attorney General George Brandis asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to undertake a review of Commonwealth laws that encroach on traditional rights, freedoms and privileges such as…

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Is Private vs Public Really Peter vs Paul?

Victorian AIS (ISV) CEO Michelle Green recently wrote in The Age a fine piece criticising some of the silly aspects of the public vs private school debate. She says, “Education is not a zero-sum g ame where choosing a private school for your child equates to…

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Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in Schools

The Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission (RC) has released an issues paper on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in primary and secondary schools. RC CEO, Mr Philip Reed, said that “non-government schools in particular account for a disproportionately high number of…

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Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission’s First Major Report

In its first major report the Royal Commission proposes new criminal accountability for schools and churches and emphasises the importance of compliance programs…

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Historical Sexual Abuse Claims: What standards apply?

In the following article, reproduced from Emil Ford Lawyer’s Education Law Notes (Term 2, 2015), the author addresses what standards apply in new cases about old incidents. A very worthwhile read.

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COAG Leaders Meeting – July 23/ 24

The Prime Minister and State and Territory leaders met in Sydney for a broad ranging retreat to discuss the challenges facing Australia especially those in health, education, infrastructure and housing. Federation reform was on the agenda. Leaders agreed that the best way to wrestle education issues would be to…

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ALP on Education

The ALP, at its National Conference (24/ 25 July, 2015), confirmed its commitment to ‘Gonski’ funding, rejected fee deregulation, and pledged to ‘work with the states and territories to…

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Are You ACNC Reporting Compliant?

Have you submitted your 2014 Annual Information Statement? The ‘six months after’ deadline has passed. This reporting requirement is relevant for all Christian Schools whether you are an…

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Ease Needless Bureaucracy for Teachers

The Guardian (July 30, 2015) reported that the UK Education Secretary has promised teachers that she will wrestle unnecessary bureaucracy in schools by establishing working groups on marking, lesson planning and…

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Transition to Secondary School

Principals might draw their Year 6 and 7 teachers/ Coordinators attention to the “Transition to Secondary School” found in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Annual Statistical Report 2014 (full release 18 August 2015)…

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Do Your Year 12 Graduates Finish Their Uni Degrees?

There is some anecdotal commentary amongst Christian School leaders that our Year 12 graduates who go onto university do better at completing their degrees. There isn’t any hard data to prove such…

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Magna Carta Understood as Drafters Intended it to be

The following brilliant article by Dr Augusto Zimmermann published in News Weekly, August 1, 2015 is an edited version of Dr Zimmermann’s presentation to the Parliament of Tasmania’s commemoration of the MC 800th anniversary. This material is worthy of …

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