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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


24 May 2017 | NSW
Steer Challenge puts high school students to the test News Image

The annual UniSchools Steer Challenge aims to equip high school students with the skills and knowledge needed to raise a steer, including correct animal care and nutrition procedures. Read More

24 May 2017 | Australia
ISCA appoint Bowers as new Chair News Image

Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) welcome new Board Chair, Steven Bowers. He takes on the role following five years of service as an ISCA Board Member. Read More

24 May 2017 | NSW
Cereal colour more important than health rating News Image

A study by researchers at the University of Technology Sydney has found that parents are interested in star ratings indicating nutritional value but it’s the colour of the cereal that influenced most. Read More

23 May 2017 | Australia
Gonski 2.0 - no agreement in sight News Image

School funding wars continue with Catholic schools and opposition Labor party strongly opposing the new plan. Last week's Education Council Meeting ended with all Labor state governments and NSW also still opposing the new plan. Read More

22 May 2017 | Australia
Teen reading in the digital age News Image

The Deakin University led project, Teen Reading in the Digital Era, snapshot report from March this year looked at a study on Australian students aged between 11 and 16 years from secondary schools. Read More

22 May 2017 | Australia
IM2C jet lag reduction challenge News Image

IM2C is a mathematical modelling competition that invites teams of up to four students from secondary schools to visualise, understand and apply mathematics to develop an original mathematical model that solves a common problem. Read More

20 May 2017 | Australia
Catholic Education attacks new school funding plan News Image

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC)  is reported to have voted to approve a campaign that would involve a grassroots social and main-media blitz across the country with the objective of negotiating a better deal Read More

19 May 2017 | Australia
Adults don't know how to treat an allergic reaction News Image

New research reveals four out of five Australian adults wouldn't be able to recognise if someone was having a potentially fatal allergic reaction and the majority wouldn't know how to help. Read More

18 May 2017 | SA
Chinese language experience for third year SA trainees News Image

Sixteen UniSA third year Bachelor of Education students undertake international pre-service teaching placements in China to further develop their teaching skills and cultural understanding. Read More

17 May 2017 | Australia
Sporty kids have physically active parents who volunteer in sports News Image

New data released today by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) highlights the strong link between physically active parents and their children's involvement in sport and their physical development Read More

16 May 2017 | NSW
Long term need for demountables in growing NSW state schools News Image

Documents released under FOI have revealed that one in 10 classrooms in NSW schools are demountable and more than a third have been in place for over a decade. Read More

16 May 2017 | WA
Teens cope better with their friends News Image

Research has found that teenagers’ reliance on their peers is good for their development and sense of belonging, particularly in the immediate aftermath of a stressful event, like failing a test. Read More