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Principal wellbeing quite bad says latest survey

The more things change the more they stay the same and being a school principal remains a hard-working, stressful occupation, which operates under the threat of violence says the latest Principal Health and Wellbeing survey. The two greatest sources of stress are sheer quantity of work, and lack of time to focus on teaching and learning. The worrying trend over time has been the increase in stress caused by mental health issues of students and mental health issues of staff. Principals and deputy/assistant principals experience far higher prevalence of offensive behaviour at work each year than the general population. Read More

 

5 May 2017 | Australia
Rural students disadvantaged in NAPLAN testing News Image

NAPLAN testing needs to be modified to be less discriminatory for rural students, says the University of Canberra’s Dr Philip Roberts, as some of the questions are metropolitan-focused. Read More

4 May 2017 | Australia
Secondary students in Wakakirri can earn Certificate II in Dance News Image

In 2017, the Wakakirri Challenge for the best Story Dance is celebrating 25 years and is launching an opportunity for Secondary students to gain accreditation in collaboration with Dance Factory. Read More

4 May 2017 | NSW
Study finds lack of interest and awareness in maths careers among students News Image

An Australian study into why students choose science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) careers has revealed a "dire" lack of interest in careers focused on mathematics. Read More

3 May 2017 | Australia
Mixed reactions to Gonski 2.0 News Image

Reactions have been mixed to the new education spending plan. AHISA has welcomed the announcement while the AEU has not and the Opposition Labor party has accused the government of cutting $22 billion from education. Read More

2 May 2017 | NSW
Opposition criticises $60m NSW school maintenance increase News Image

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes have added $60 million to the budget  allocated to reducing the school maintenance backlog, but the Opposition claims that the revised $390m total is still too low. Read More

2 May 2017 | SA
Online resources providing parents with guidance tips News Image

A series of free resources providing parents with tips and ideas for supporting their child’s learning at home are now available online. The series provides guidance on what parents can do in early years, primary and secondary school. Read More

2 May 2017 | Australia
New funding plans announced by PM News Image

The Turnbull Government has announced new needs-based school funding, and an increased investment as part of a new initiative. David Gonski will lead a new inquiry, joined by Dr Ken Boston, also a member of the original review. Read More

1 May 2017 | Australia
Research reveals giving a Gonski doesn't help News Image

A new research report by Blaise Joseph for the CIS has labelled the Gonski funding as a myth. The report outlines where the funding model went wrong and suggests “Giving a Gonski” is not going to improve education for Australian students. Read More

30 Apr 2017 | Australia
Study: Maths leads to increased life satisfaction News Image

New research released by Westpac shows stronger maths skills could lead to a higher income and level overall life satisfaction. Westpac has partnered with digital maths platform, Mathspace, to provide free access for Australian students. Read More

30 Apr 2017 | Australia
New Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden recipes and activities book News Image

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF) has launched its latest educational resource Step-by-Step Visual Cooking and Gardening: Accessible Recipes and Garden Activities. Read More

29 Apr 2017 | Australia
Schools not dressing girls for success News Image

School uniform codes that force female students to wear dresses and skirts are discriminatory and are affecting girls’ health and wellbeing according to Girls’ Uniform Agenda, an organisation launched in March. Read More

28 Apr 2017 | International
High test results in Asian schools, but at what cost News Image

The OECD recently published the findings of its first student well-being study. It shows that while East Asian countries are at the top of the league table of test scores they are at the bottom in student well-being. Read More