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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


11 Aug 2017 | WA
Perth Steiner School principal quits as second student develops Measles News Image

Nr Jean-Michel David has resigned from his position as principal of the Perth Waldorf School following a possible outbreak of Measles at the school where a second student has been infected. Read More

11 Aug 2017 | NT
Write a letter... receive a letter: learning by writing letters earns a royal reply News Image

Learning literacy through writing letters is paying off for the Manyallaluk school students, with replies received from Buckingham Palace and the Essendon Football Club. Read More

10 Aug 2017 | SA
SA introduces tougher penalties for offensive behaviour in schools News Image

There will be tougher penalties to anyone who behaves in an offensive or abusive manner on school grounds, under proposed changes in the Education and Children’s Services Bill 2017. Read More

10 Aug 2017 | VIC
Former VIC primary school principal sentenced following IBAC investigation News Image

A former Victorian primary school principal has been convicted and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond following an investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct by senior officers of the Department of Education and Training. Read More

10 Aug 2017 | NSW
Dancers kick off NSW HSC exams News Image

The first 2017 HSC performance exams in NSW have started with Stage 6 subject – Dance. Around 1000 Dance students will perform over the coming weeks, along with almost 5000 Drama students and nearly 6000 Music students. Read More

9 Aug 2017 | QLD
Growing Tall Poppies aims to encourage QLD girls to study STEM subjects News Image

Former Emmaus College Rockhampton student, Claire Cranitch is hoping to have more Queensland schoolgirls involved in Physics in her role as Griffith University’s event coordinator of the national Growing Tall Poppies program. Read More

9 Aug 2017 | QLD
Children not OK with peers' anti-social behaviour News Image

A study led by University of Queensland School of Psychology researcher Matti Wilks found that children aged 7–8 see antisocial behaviour as an important influence on their social groups. Read More

8 Aug 2017 | SA
$450,000 funding for Adelaide Crows Growing with Gratitude program News Image

The SA Government will provide $450,000 over three years to the Adelaide Crows to expand the Growing with Gratitude health and wellbeing program for school children, with a particular focus on regional areas. Read More

5 Aug 2017 | VIC
New Bendigo Tech Director announced News Image

Graeme Wiggins will be the new Bendigo Tech School Director starting on September 4, coming straight from Canberra Grammar School, where he is currently Head of Art, Design and Technology. Read More

5 Aug 2017 | Australia
Primary school children should play in mixed sport teams News Image

New research from the Faculty of Health Sciences finds that girls in primary school are just as physically capable as their male classmates, suggesting mixed sporting teams would be better in primary school. Read More

4 Aug 2017 | Australia
For better NAPLAN results... eat all of your veggies News Image

A recent study has found that students who eat more vegetables with dinner were more likely to get higher NAPLAN test scores in the domains of spelling and writing. Read More

4 Aug 2017 | Australia
Nine tips to keep students and staff safe on school trips News Image

Educational institutions have a duty of care for staff and students and and need to be aware of the importance of knowing everyone's whereabouts while on a school trip.Read More