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Measuring the Teaching and Learning Journey

John Hattie and Arran Hamilton

High-stakes assessment has been an important rite of passage throughout much of human history. Many ancient cultures and tribal societies required their young to undertake risky and painful quests to make the transition to adulthood. We continue to deploy this rite of passage in the form of national school leaver examinations today. Read More


10 Sep 2017
Quality student teachers point to a bright future for education News Image

A growing number of students are starting and completing postgraduate courses to qualify as new teachers according to a new report from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). More than 18,000 students graduated from initial teacher education (ITE) in 2015. Read More

10 Sep 2017 | Victoria
Phillip Island Nature Parks to host two-day Teachers’ Expo News Image

What has three different ecosystems, 97km of spectacular coastline, strong educational programs linked with curriculum, unique wildlife, indigenous history, Victoria’s leading attractions and is only 90 minutes from Melbourne? Phillip Island of course! Read More

10 Sep 2017 | Sydney
Draft national guideline to improve diagnostic practices for Australians on the autism spectrum released News Image

Australia’s first draft national guideline for autism diagnosis have been released for consultation. The draft guideline aims to create greater consistency in diagnostic practices across the country to ensure autistic individuals and their families can be assured of quality and knowledgeable advice. Read More

10 Sep 2017 | Canberra
Girls sweep eight medals including gold at the Int'l Physics Olympiad News Image

YiJie Neo, a Year 12 student from John Monash Science School in Melbourne, has won a gold medal in the International Earth Science Olympiad in France, bringing the Australian team medal haul to 17 at the UNESCO-sanctioned 2017 International Science Olympiads. Read More

10 Sep 2017
Ashley Stewart is 2017 AMSI Choose Maths top award winner News Image

2017 AMSI Choose Maths top award winner, Ashley Stewart, believes her Year 8 Living for Learning class is proof hands-on learning works best for indigenous students. Among recent achievements, the girls successfully constructed and tested a hand cranked phone charger. Read More

10 Sep 2017
Health offers future opportunities but 30% still jobless four months after graduating News Image

The 2018 edition of The Good Universities Guide reveals that while universities around the country are providing a high-quality experience for students, it’s not translating to graduate jobs. Across many courses and fields of study, Australian university students are overwhelmingly enjoying and excelling during their time at university Read More

3 Sep 2017
ELLA preschool language program to be expanded News Image

The Commonwealth Government will expand the Early Learning Languages Australia program (ELLA) in 2018 with Modern Greek and Hindi to be added to Arabic, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Read More

3 Sep 2017
Mentoring program for early career teachers in the Northern Territory News Image

In an initiative designed to reduce the attrition rate which can be as high as 50% in the first five years, the NT Dept of Education has launched a mentoring program to support teachers in the early stages of their career. Read More

3 Sep 2017 | Northern Territory
$1 million boost for Northern Territory school administrators News Image

An additional $1 million per year to support business managers in Territory schools has been announced by Minister for Education Eva Lawler to assist in reducing the administrative burden on schools. Read More

1 Sep 2017 | Canberra
Most disadvantaged schools missing out on Teach for Australia recruits News Image

Public schools pressure group Save our Schools (SOS) has used the findings of the Teach for Australia Evaluation Report released by the Commonwealth Dept of Education and Training to criticise the fast-track teacher training program. Read More

1 Sep 2017 | NSW
Education has 'dropped the ball' in teaching writing skills News Image

Many Australian children are leaving primary school without the handwriting and keyboarding skills to enable them to perform at their best in writing tasks across the curriculum, according to an Australian literacy academic. Read More

1 Sep 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Engineering is Elementary program for schools launched News Image

Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, and Raytheon Australia and have marked 10 years of partnership by announcing the development of a pilot of the Engineering is Elementary program for schools. Read More