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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


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

24 Nov 2017 | Canberra
Australian research shows new strategies needed to nurture aspirations for higher education News Image

Being the first at anything is tough and that holds true for higher education. Researchers have discovered that targeted support to students is needed if underrepresented population groups are to aspire to university. Read More

24 Nov 2017 | Canberrs
Apprentice employment network applauds campaign to promote skilled careers News Image

There’s more to it than university as Australia’s National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) will be quick to tell you. NAEN has welcomed a new initiative from the federal government aimed at promoting the extraordinary range of careers available. Read More

24 Nov 2017
Girls better than boys at working together to solve problems, finds new OECD PISA global education survey News Image

They’ll say that they’re better at most things but one thing is official; girls are much better than boys at working together to solve problems. So says the first OECD PISA assessment of collaborative problem solving. 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