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Barefoot Learner Capabilities: How we are developing competencies for the real world

Julia Bevin, Principal, Paekākāriki School

As with many educators I have grappled with the purpose of assessment for some time. It often feels as though we are subjecting our learners to tests and assessments that serve no purpose other than to generate an arbitrary score... Read More


21 Mar 2019 | National
How take on a child’s exam anxiety News Image

May is around the corner and that means NAPLAN 2019, it also means some pretty anxious students; Edith Cowan University found that 90% of teachers reported their students feeling stressed in connection to NAPLAN. Read More

20 Mar 2019 | National
Parents want support for teachers News Image

Mental health, school funding and digital literacy are top of mind for parents regarding their children’s education with an overarching concern around support for quality teachers and teaching. Read More

20 Mar 2019 | National
Half a million dollars for more than 500 Aussie schools to grow enviro champions News Image

Some 538 Australian schools are set to receive up to $1000 each, around 500k in total, for environmental projects as the recipients of the first round of the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program. Read More

20 Mar 2019 | International
Nice kids win in the end News Image

The lure of the bad kid is strong in the early years of high school but their charm fades and by Year 12 the nice kids win out with more friends of the opposite sex, general popularity and better wellbeing. Read More

19 Mar 2019 | NSW
Vivid Sydney’s Vivid School introducing creative industry futures News Image

Vivid Sydney has launched its inaugural Vivid School giving High School students in Years 9-12 the opportunity to meet artists behind the event’s light installations and inform them about careers in creative industries. Read More

19 Mar 2019
2019 SACE Art Show reveals plenty of new talent News Image

The 2019 SACE Art Show four-week exhibition at Light Square Gallery features paintings and drawings, sculptures, jewellery, costumes and multimedia works created by 129 Year 12 students. Read More

19 Mar 2019 | Jakarta
New British School Jakarta Principal introduces IB for Middle Years News Image

With over 50 nationalities represented British School Jakarta has a very international student group and a global perspective, the IB program is a good match.
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18 Mar 2019 | Victoria
Grants open for Education Week Activities News Image

The Vic government is encouraging not-for-profits in the state to apply for grants to fund Education Week activities. This year is the 75th annual Education Week, which will have ‘Celebrating Careers’ as its theme. Read More

18 Mar 2019 | Internationaql
Central Coast Grammar School an education innovator says Cambridge News Image

An international reputation for innovation in education has seen Cambridge University include Central Coast Grammar School alongside 800 elite organisations recognised for their innovative practise in the Innovation 800 publication. Read More

15 Mar 2019 | International
Research-backed guide set to tackle cyberbullying News Image

A guide backed by years of research into bullying gives teachers a reference when confronted with cyberbullying and has been incorporated into the acclaimed PEACE Pack. Read More

14 Mar 2019 | National
Anti-bullying strategies need an evidence base News Image

Experts studying the problem of bullying say adult reactions to it can do more harm than good. When dealing with bullying, the most effective interventions come after listening to the bullied person and tailoring a response. Read More

14 Mar 2019 | National
Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins joins Wakakirri National Panel News Image

The Wiggles are coming to Wakakirri with Emma Watkins the yellow Wiggle joining the 2019 National Panel. Emmy the dancing, drum playing, French speaking, bow wearing Wiggle is also a passionate advocate for sign language. Read More