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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


26 Mar 2019
Horses the right course for at-risk students News Image

Equine Insight in Romsey Victoria has been running equine therapy courses to great effect and their activity has caught the attention of Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network for incorporation into secondary schools. Read More

26 Mar 2019 | National
Time out is acceptable News Image

There’s been some controversy about time out as a punishment but new research says that it does more good than harm.
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25 Mar 2019 | National
The art of brains News Image

Primary school students around Australia are being encouraged to think about how amazing their brains are through a national art competition that will be judged by some of Australia’s leading brain researchers. Read More

25 Mar 2019 | National
Half Australian students don’t think their degree is worth the money News Image

There is real trouble when half of all Australian Uni students feel that their degree doesn’t prepare them for work and aren’t worth the money spent.
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25 Mar 2019 | National
Bostik competition offers $5,000 grants News Image

You can’t do craft without a bit of Bostik and the makers of the sticky essential are launching their latest competition awarding the creativity of primary school children. Read More

25 Mar 2019 | Qld
Gifted and talented primary kids at Uni Qld Explorama News Image

More than 200 gifted and talented primary school students will visit The University of Queensland for Explorama which aims to expose high achievers to potential academic aspirations and other likeminded kids. Read More

25 Mar 2019 | Melbourne
Northern Melbourne schools smooth the transition to high school News Image

The first years of high school are tough and if a student fails to integrate it spells trouble for their school career and may even lead to complete disengagement. Read More

21 Mar 2019 | National
Gonski Institute says NAPLAN replacement needed News Image

Ten years of NAPLAN and not a lot to show for it has seen another call for its scrapping, this time from the Gonski Institute who advocate sample testing of students. 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