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Survey reveals parents and teachers want less ATAR and more emphasis on life skills

The ATAR isn’t everything but it counts for a lot and sometimes to the detriment of other skills. There’s momentum growing to rethink it and introduce other ways of assessing how students are faring which will perhaps create happier, more adaptable and resilient young people.
   Children should learn and develop ‘life skills’ like thinking outside the square, communication, adaptability and emotional intelligence rather than focusing on exam scores.
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22 Oct 2018 | Queensland
Jonathan Thurston wrong foots Woodridge High with a visit News Image

A group of 180 students at Woodridge State High School who had been taking part in NRL legend Jonathan Thurston’s JT Succeed Program, an initiative of his JT Academy, were treated to a surprise visit from the man himself. Read More

22 Oct 2018 | National
Parents just as screen addicted as kids News Image

Parents bemoan their children’s constant screen absorption but it cuts both ways as parents look to be guilty of the same thing.
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21 Oct 2018 | Australia
Digital Ambassadors in $1 million anti-(cyber)bullying project News Image

Facebook, Instagram and PROJECT ROCKIT have teamed up to announce a landmark $1 million anti-(cyber)bullying partnership for Australian high school students.
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21 Oct 2018 | International
Plagiarism doesn't worry international male ESL tertiary students News Image

A new study has examined uni students’ attitudes towards plagiarism. Its preliminary findings reveal that international male students  from non-English speaking backgrounds are substantially more likely to engage in academic dishonesty than their female, domestic, and native English-speaking counterparts. Read More

20 Oct 2018 | Australia
Primary schools could be the key to reducing youth suicide News Image

Reducing the incidence of anxiety disorders in primary school aged children makes sense both from the obvious immediate reduction of significant suffering but also as another tool in the struggle to reduce the nation’s youth suicide rate. Read More

18 Oct 2018 | National
60,000 regional school students to have best seat in the house  News Image

The Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is launching ATYP On Demand, a theatre streaming platform to give remote and low SES students free access to theatre made by young people, for young people. Read More

17 Oct 2018 | NT
Future Careers in STEM Series for 400 Northern Territory Students  News Image

Some 400 NT students will be exposed to career pathways in STEM through the Future Careers in STEM series in October.
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17 Oct 2018 | Melbourne
Big Day In Jr STEAM event News Image

400 primary school students from 13 schools and 35 presenters from the science and tech industry will descend on Malvern Valley Primary School on Thursday 18th October, for the Big Day In Jr. Read More

17 Oct 2018
New resource teaches kids about periods News Image

Period Talk is Australia’s first education module designed to get kids talking about periods, removing the taboo and embarrassment that has surrounded the subject for so long. Read More

17 Oct 2018 | National
Wakakirri announces National Story Dance of the Year winners News Image

Big stories about big issues have been at the forefront of Wakakirri this year, themes explored included reconciliation, environmental conservation and mental health, the winners have now been announced. Read More

17 Oct 2018
Tax deductions for teachers News Image

As the October 31st tax deadline is approaching, now is the time for teachers and those working in education who haven’t yet lodged to get their taxes up to date. Read More

16 Oct 2018 | Australia
1740 students average 10% writing improvement with Seven Steps News Image

Pre- and post-implementation testing by Seven Steps to Writing Success has revealed an average 10% improvement in writing results after 10 weeks use of the writing program. Read More