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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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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

15 Oct 2018 | Sydney
Taronga Institute of Science & Learning opens News Image

You couldn’t find a more spectacular setting for a zoo and now Taronga in Sydney will host an exceptional new teaching and research facility.
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15 Oct 2018 | Sydney
McAfee hosts first Cyber Security Summit for students News Image

McAfee is hosting Australia’s first dedicated cyber security summit for senior high school and tertiary students on 30th October at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney and it is free. Read More

15 Oct 2018 | National
Exceptional teaching students helping disadvantaged kids News Image

The National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools Program targets the highest performing pre-service teachers and equips them to work in low socio-economic schools. Read More

15 Oct 2018 | National
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is Women in STEM Ambassador News Image

Award-winning astrophysicist Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith has been selected as Australia’s first Women in STEM Ambassador.
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15 Oct 2018 | NT
School based policing starts again in NT News Image

The Territory Government’s school-based policing program has recommenced, the program focuses on positive youth engagement and the delivery of vital safety education. Read More