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I'm available… why don’t they call me?

Gillian Anstee explains why five casual teachers
earned a place on her ‘never call that one again’ list

In general, casual teachers are outstanding in the provision of excellent education at short notice. But there are exceptions, and these are the casuals that wonder why schools don’t call them again.

Having been a principal in schools over 10 years, I have experienced some puzzling and interesting behaviours and attitudes from casuals… and here are a few of my favourites. Read More

 

23 Sep 2017 | Australia
Wakakirri wraps up 2017 season on a high News Image

Wakakirri 2017 has been a brilliant eight-week show season with almost 250 schools shaking and grooving their hearts out to be in the running for the National Story of the Year Award. Recurring themes were homelessness, cyber bullying, the environment, technology and friendship. Read More

23 Sep 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Victorian Education Excellence Awards finalists announced News Image

A school raising the career aspirations of young people and a primary teacher who is passionate about increasing women in STEM education and careers are among the finalists of this year’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards.  Read More

23 Sep 2017
$600,000 funding to enable an Australian-first telepresence robot pilot News Image

St.George Foundation and MissingSchool have announced funding of up to $600,000 over three years to enable an Australian-first telepresence robot pilot. Telepresence robots will be paced in willing schools to demonstrate that continuous two-way connection is possible between seriously sick children and their classrooms. Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Submissions open for review to achieve educational excellence in Australian schools News Image

Submissions for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools chaired by Mr David Gonski will close on Friday 13 Oct. The report and recommendations on on how school funding should be used to improve school performance and student outcomes will be submitted by March 2018. Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Canberra, ACT
AEU urges longer timeline for submissions to Gonski review News Image

The AEU has called on State and Territory Education Ministers to reject a four-week timeline for submissions to the Gonski 2.0 review panel. The Union said: ‘This review will shape funding negotiations with States and Territories that will directly impact thousands of children in our public schools. Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Brisbane
Everyday hinderances may force overwhelmed uni students to give up News Image

New Australian research shows accumulating everyday issues such as juggling work and study are as likely as a major event such as a death in the family to “tip the balance” for overwhelmed university students and may lead them to withdraw. Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Lismore, NSW
Boring playgrounds discourage outdoor active play News Image

Australian students who could improve their health by playing outside at school are avoiding using school playgrounds because they’re bored. Southern Cross University physical education and health expert Dr Brendon Hyndman says children and teenagers are staying away Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Sydney, NSW
New $10.5m science program to give 5000 NSW students hands-on biotech lab experience News Image

Over the next three years, an expected 5000 NSW students and 60 teachers in NSW are expected to engage in a $10.5m program through a partnership between The Amgen Foundation and The University of Sydney. The three-week in-class initiative provides intensive PD for teachers Read More

17 Sep 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
$16.25m will replace asbestos-ridden building at 10 VIC schools News Image

Asbestos ridden buildings at 10 schools will be demolished and replaced with state-of-the-art modular classrooms costing $16.25 million in the VIC government's $155m School Asbestos Removal Program. The current phase includes the demolition and replacement of buildings at 30 schools. Read More

17 Sep 2017
Kids Alive - Do the Five water safety app launched News Image

Do The Five has launched a free app to help keep children water safe. The app is a free download in the Apple and Google Play stores and is aimed at parents and young children. It includes music, cartoons, eBooks with a focus on home, pool, beach and farm water safety. Read More

16 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
Early Learning Achievement Report: Australia can do better News Image

Independent education policy think tank, Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, has commented that a new report by Early Learning Everyone Benefits shows that early childhood education in Australia can, and must, improve.The report finds Australia has made good progress in recent years Read More

14 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
iNewsletter moves the school newsletter on parents' mobiles News Image

Naavi, developer of iNewsletter has urged schools to "get with the times" as research reveals that more than 60% of parents read their schools' newsletter on a mobile device. But most schools are still sending out their weekly bulletin as a PDF, which is cumbersome to access on a mobile phone. Read More