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Relationships drive learning, change, behaviour and results

By Ken Avenell

Whether it is in classrooms, schools or systems; organisations are driven by relationships – people matter! Many schools and classrooms claim to be values-driven and publish their values and make them explicit in documents, plans and various marketing messages. Sadly, this does not mean, however, that the professed values guide daily decision-making and predicate personal behaviours. Read More

 

23 Jun 2017 | Australia
Gonski 2.0 gets the go ahead News Image

The Turnbull Government's revised Gonski education funding plan received enough votes to be passed in the Senate late last night, despite resistance from the Labor party and Catholic school groups. Read More

23 Jun 2017 | Australia
Respect for teachers a must News Image

Ken Silburn, finalist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize in 2017, thinks we must urgently raise teacher respect across Australia to attract the best candidates into the profession and “help young minds navigate a world in total flux”. Read More

22 Jun 2017 | WA
More education assistants in WA classrooms News Image

​More education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers in WA classrooms. And the Department of Education will amalgamate with Department of Education Services, School Curriculum and Standards Authority by July 1. Read More

22 Jun 2017 | Australia
New OECD report strengthens call for two years of preschool News Image

New international findings show high school students are performing the best in countries which provide at least two years of preschool, further backing the belief that two years of preschool is beneficial. Read More

21 Jun 2017 | Australia
Keeping students educated during and after a chronic illness News Image

Research by UNSW cancer specialists and psychologists finds teachers in Australia are uncertain about their role in supporting students with chronic illnesses, and makes four recommendations for improvements. Read More

21 Jun 2017 | Australia
Senate debate begins on Gonski 2.0 News Image

The first bill on the Senate's agenda today is the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. Members of the Senate are being targeted by the AEU and Catholic Education Commission of Victoria in an attempt to thwart Gonski 2.0. Read More

21 Jun 2017 | VIC
Ivanhoe Grammar School teacher wins major tech award News Image

TeachTech Play organiser, Steve Brophy, recognised for outstanding contribution in teaching technology by being named Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria’s 2017 Outstanding Leader of the Year. Read More

20 Jun 2017 | NSW
More funding for NSW schools to meet enrolment surge News Image

NSW Government announced a budget of $4.2 billion over the next four years on capital expenditure to cater for surging enrolments. There is expected to be enrolment growth of 164,000 more students in government schools by 2031. Read More

20 Jun 2017 | International
Australia teaching English better than the English News Image

Research from Curtin University has found England's curriculum to be more rigid in what and how teachers are able to teach English, while the Australian curriculum provides greater creativity and flexibility. Read More

19 Jun 2017 | NT
Kormilda College in NT acquired by Haileybury News Image

Haileybury has reached an agreement to acquire Kormilda College in Darwin. Kormilda almost closed last year until the Federal Government agreed to fund the school for 2017. Read More

19 Jun 2017 | Australia
Australia’s best science and maths students take on the world News Image

Twenty-seven of Australia’s best students will represent Australia at the UNESCO International Science and Mathematical Olympiads, with girls breaking gender stereotypes and making up nearly half of the science teams. Read More

19 Jun 2017 | SA
Scholarships available for teachers to complete their Masters in SA News Image

School and preschool teachers in SA can apply for a Masters for Teachers scholarship, provided by the SA government. The scholarships aim to support teachers looking to build on their current knowledge and teaching methods. Read More