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Qualified approval of MiniLit for struggling Year 1 readers

Evidence for Learning has published its evaluation report on MiniLit, a small group, phonics-based, program for struggling Year 1 readers. Early support for struggling readers is crucial to putting them on a path to reading achievement, which is a key predictor for future academic success. With an ongoing public debate about effective reading approaches, this report is an important contribution to the discussion. MiniLit did not have an additional impact on passage reading, but there was evidence of significant improvement in foundational skills. Read More

 

30 Nov 2017 | Melbourne
Schools still gatekeeping disabled students News Image

We’ve come a long way toward inclusion of disabled students in schools but we’re far from done. While a lot of schools are doing a great job with disabled students some are still actively blocking them from attending. Read More

30 Nov 2017 | Melbourne
There’s more than one path to a satisfying career News Image

We all make youthful mistakes, it's just the ones we make with regard to education are particularly persistent. Too many students are dropping out of uni, too many regret the electives they’ve chosen. Read More

30 Nov 2017 | Melbourne
Recognising the value of industry-driven skills   News Image

There’s nothing wrong with a job where you come home with your hands dirty and sweat upon your brow, plenty will tell you of the fun to be had in physical work and indeed many trades can be very financially rewarding. Read More

30 Nov 2017 | Australia
NDIS exclusion of education a missed opportunity News Image

The opportunity to develop a progressive disability policy-funding system providing seamless access to appropriate services and support has not been realised with the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, show researchers from Deakin University. Read More

26 Nov 2017 | Grenada, Spain
8–11 year-old children who exercise have more gray matter than obese peers News Image

Spanish researchers have found that youngsters who take part in exercise for at least three nights a week had more grey matter in areas of the brain linked to reading and verbal communication than obese children that didn't. Read More

26 Nov 2017
Arts:Live adds Sustainable Songs to online lessons News Image

Sustainable Songs is a new music resource developed by Arts:Live in partnership with The a2 Milk Company. The project takes children through a process of making and playing fruit and veggie instruments and then recycling the scraps to make a delicious Musical Soup. Read More

26 Nov 2017
NSW DEC challenges construction and design community to develop model to reduce demountables News Image

The construction and design community is being challenged to develop a new high-quality, classroom model that can reduce the number of demountable classrooms used in NSW government schools. Read More

26 Nov 2017 | Perth WA
Outstanding teachers recognised in WA 2017 Education Awards News Image

Outstanding teachers, administrators and schools have been recognised in the 2017 WA Education Awards. The individual award winners received $25,000, 50% for professional development and 50% cash. Finalists in each category received $2500. The primary and secondary schools and The WA Premier’s Excellence in Aboriginal Education winners received $15.000. Read More

24 Nov 2017 | Melbourne
Vic government spends up on school upgrades News Image

The Victorian Government has committed heavily to upgrading schools around the state, investing $2.5 billion over three years. Read More

21 Nov 2017 | Australia
Better-off parents are turning away from private schools News Image

Parents are choosing a public school instead of an independent, reversing the drift to private that has worried commentators. Analysis by the ABS for Fairfax Newspapers shows enrollments have increased proportionately by almost 7 per cent since 2006. Read More

21 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
NSW universities to make early offers to IB students News Image

International Baccalaureate students will get early offers from a number of Sydney universities based on their predicted results, up to three weeks ahead of the new December 21 round of offers for HSC students. Read More

21 Nov 2017
It must be true... I googled it News Image

A new report, co-written by QUT, shows more than half of Australian school children consuming news on the internet hardly ever or never check if it’s fake. 69 per cent say news makes them feel smart or knowledgeable but 54% of young people don’t check whether news stories are true. Read More