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Time to rethink ATAR?

The ATAR is the culmination of 13 years or so of learning but as ideas about educating change and universities turn to other ways of admitting students, its relevance is being questioned. While a high ATAR does indicate a better chance of completing tertiary studies, for ATARs lower than 80 the score provides next to no indication of success at university. The ATAR’s usefulness has further diminished as the number of higher education places has increased. Read More


24 Mar 2018 | National
Streaming is bad for slower students News Image

We do it as a matter of course, but streaming students looks more and more like it’s detrimental to slower students. But doing away with streaming isn’t the answer as less accomplished students progress best through structured instruction. Read More

24 Mar 2018 | National
Tests texts too taxing? News Image

We were always taught to answer the question in tests but it looks like understanding the question is often a problem in of itself and inaccessible instructions pose an obstacle to all students’ achievement. Read More

23 Mar 2018 | Melbourne
Construction starts on Wesley’s Glen Waverley campus redevelopment News Image

Following the loss of ten classrooms to a fire in 2016, Wesley College has commenced the construction of a new Glen Waverley Campus redevelopment. The redeveloped site will be world class and open late 2019. Read More

23 Mar 2018 | ANZ and Pacific
ANZ partnership to support education in Pacific News Image

The Australian and New Zealand governments together with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) have formalised a €12.8 million commitment with the Pacific Community (SPC) towards education in the Pacific region. Read More

22 Mar 2018 | Germany
Kids’ invention saving millions of litres of water News Image

It’s World Water Day and we’d all be a lot better off if we gave as much thought to its conservation as German brother and sister Daniel and Lara Krohn (both aged 9). Read More

20 Mar 2018 | Queensland
Gold Coast students wander galaxy with immersive, interactive learning facility News Image

Students at Coomera Anglican College on the Gold Coast can often be found trotting about the globe, in a morning they could be found visiting the pyramids of Egypt, then heading south to feel the Antarctic chill, or wander around Mars. Read More

20 Mar 2018
Top young artists showcased at 2018 SACE Art Show News Image

The 2018 SACE Art Show exhibition at Light Square Gallery features paintings and drawings, sculptures, jewellery, costumes and multimedia works created by 135 Year 12 students in the Visual Arts – Art and Design – Design subjects in 2017. Read More

19 Mar 2018
Science teacher and ex-journo win National Excellence in Teaching Awards News Image

Michelle Allen from Torrens Primary School and Adam Porter from Hughes Primary School in the ACT have received the top awards at National Excellence in Teaching Awards (ASG NEiTA). Read More

18 Mar 2018 | National
Two generations use same excuse for not doing homework News Image

‘I forgot’ remains the most popular excuse given for not having done your homework. A recent survey revealed 31.7% of parents used the line when they were children and 31.8% of their offspring are still giving the same reason for no homework. Read More

18 Mar 2018
The Melbourne Makers Meetup News Image

Anyone interested in 3D technology is invited to The Melbourne Makers Meetup which will showcase the latest trends and introduce new to Australia 3D related products on Saturday, March 24th. Read More

16 Mar 2018 | National
ClassCoach’s short cycle to better teaching News Image

Everything you read will tell you that short cycle data, the assessment of students’ progress in close to real time, is the best way to improve results; you get to see where each student is after every lesson and adjust teaching on the fly. Read More

16 Mar 2018 | Global
Being an awesome digital citizen News Image

We’re all digital citizens now, but are you a good one? Also, how is that done actually? Given that a lot of bullying takes place online it’s very worthwhile to get a good idea of how children can address tech leveraged nastiness. Read More