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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


4 Aug 2017 | Australia
Tri-Nations Maths Challenge launched News Image

Registrations are now open for Mathletics’ first Tri-Nations Challenge. The free to enter Mathletics competition between schools from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will take place online from 14-20 August. Read More

3 Aug 2017 | Australia
National Science Week 12-20 August News Image

This year marks National Science Week’s 20th birthday. Running from 12-20 August, the theme is Future Earth. Future Earth launched in 2015 and is a major 10-year international initiative to advance global sustainability science. Read More

3 Aug 2017 | Australia
World record breaking coding event News Image

Students across Australia can participate in Moonhack by taking part in computer coding exercises on the night of August 15. This year, Moonhack will be part of the 20th anniversary of National Science Week. Read More

2 Aug 2017 | Sydney
2017 NGS Super Scholarship Awards open News Image

Applications are now open for the 2017 NGS Super Scholarship Awards. Six scholarships valued at $5,000 each will be awarded to NGS Fund members to help them undertake a professional development course, project, or study tour of their choice. Read More

2 Aug 2017 | Australia
NAPLAN 2017 preliminary results flatline News Image

The 2017 preliminary NAPLAN results point to an increase in reading scores of 0.72 per cent since last year, a decrease in writing scores of -0.55 per cent and an increase in numeracy of 0.81 per cent across all year levels. Read More

2 Aug 2017
Matific scores two wins at SIIA CODiE Awards News Image

Matific, the popular online maths resource for primary school students, has won two awards at the International SIIA CODiE Awards in San Francisco, for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution and Best Game-Based Curriculum Solution. Read More

2 Aug 2017 | VIC
New schools in VIC News Image

The Victorian Government is building 56 new schools and has more than 1,000 school upgrades planned. Updates on the projects are available through the Victorian School Building Authority. Read More

1 Aug 2017 | ACT/VIC
Make your move to a healthier school News Image

It's Your Move! started in 2012 as a pilot with three local high schools. Those schools achieved strong results through innovative changes which made it easier for students and teachers to be healthier. Read More

31 Jul 2017 | NSW
New resource website for NSW HSC students News Image

Students sitting the NSW HSC in 2017 will benefit from a new resource website created by academics at CSU. The new website fills the gap left by the closing of an earlier HSC study website. Read More

31 Jul 2017 | SA
600 positions advertised in SA public education News Image

Recruitment has started for more than 400 ongoing teaching and 200 leadership positions in public schools and preschools in SA for 2018, with roles being advertised this week. Read More

31 Jul 2017
Virtual reality program will aid Auslan learning News Image

Auslan is soon to be part of the Australian Curriculum to bring signing into the classroom. SignVR is an interactive Virtual Reality education platform for learning Auslan through a fun and embodied learning experience. Read More

29 Jul 2017 | Australia
Start for NAPLAN online trials News Image

During August and September, schools around the country will be able to assess their readiness to move to NAPLAN Online in 2018. ACARA aims to ensure each school is prepared and has sufficient bandwidth and wireless connectivity. Read More