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Relationships drive learning, change, behaviour and results

By Ken Avenell

Whether it is in classrooms, schools or systems; organisations are driven by relationships – people matter! Many schools and classrooms claim to be values-driven and publish their values and make them explicit in documents, plans and various marketing messages. Sadly, this does not mean, however, that the professed values guide daily decision-making and predicate personal behaviours. Read More

 

18 Jun 2017 | Canberra
Gonski 2.0 update News Image

This week, the Australian Senate will vote on the new Gonski funding model. Education Minister Simon Birmingham has commented that he is "really hopeful" they will get the legislation through. Read More

17 Jun 2017 | SA
Federal funds to be revoked from non-compliant Islamic College of South Australia News Image

The Federal Government has announced that an internal review has reaffirmed the decision to revoke approval for access to Federal funds for the Islamic College of South Australia. The school has been notified of the decision. Read More

16 Jun 2017 | QLD
Application essay for prospective teaching students in QLD News Image

From August 2017, prospective teaching students will be required to submit a 1000-word essay on why they want to teach before being accepted into Queensland universities. Read More

16 Jun 2017 | International
Children with food allergies more likely to be victims of bullying News Image

Children and adolescents with food allergies are more likely to be a target of bullying than their peers without food allergies, a new review of research shows. More than 30 percent reported being bullied solely because of their food allergy. Read More

16 Jun 2017 | QLD
A teacher aide for every Prep class in QLD News Image

From 2018, over 100 additional full-time equivalent teacher aides will be allocated to ensure that all prep teachers in QLD state schools can be supported by a teacher aide. Read More

15 Jun 2017 | International
Australia DFAT launches MIKTA education in emergencies challenge News Image

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has launched the MIKTA education in emergencies challenge in an effort to identify approaches to tackle the challenges of education in international emergency situations. Read More

15 Jun 2017 | Australia
Year 1 phonics tests will only work if how phonics is taught is changed News Image

The federal government’s plan to introduce literacy tests for all Australian pupils in Year 1 will only improve children’s reading skills if accompanied by a more systematic approach to the use of phonics, according to Adelaide educator Jenny Allen. Read More

15 Jun 2017 | Australia
Reading leaders encouraging kids to read News Image

Throughout Australia there are teachers, librarians and support staff encouraging students to read more and enjoy reading. Scholastic and APPA have established the Scholastic Reading Leader award to recognise them. Read More

15 Jun 2017 | SA
Turning SA schools into community centres News Image

The SA government aims to transform its schools into hubs that enhance community engagement through sharing its facilities for sport, health services, community college, cultural events and much more. Read More

15 Jun 2017 | Australia
School drop–outs cost the community News Image

A report by Mitchell Institute at Victoria University finds large numbers of young Australians are not succeeding in education and training, and it’s costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year. Read More

14 Jun 2017 | NSW
Fairness and integrity stats in NSW HSC News Image

The NSW Education Standards Authority has released the 2016 data for four programs that support the fairness and integrity of the NSW Higher School Certificate. Read More

14 Jun 2017 | Australia
AHISA National Chair, Karen Spiller receives Australian honours award News Image

The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia's (AHISA) National Chair, Karen Spiller, received the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) announced in the Queen’s birthday honours list this year. Read More