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Qualified approval of MiniLit for struggling Year 1 readers

Evidence for Learning has published its evaluation report on MiniLit, a small group, phonics-based, program for struggling Year 1 readers. Early support for struggling readers is crucial to putting them on a path to reading achievement, which is a key predictor for future academic success. With an ongoing public debate about effective reading approaches, this report is an important contribution to the discussion. MiniLit did not have an additional impact on passage reading, but there was evidence of significant improvement in foundational skills. Read More

 

13 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
NAPLAN three horse race News Image

It isn’t supposed to be a race but if they will release comparison tables the temptation to identify a winner in the NAPLAN results is too great. And it looks like NSW, Victoria and the ACT in a three-horse photo finish. Read More

10 Dec 2017 | Sydney, NSW
World leader in education policy, Pasi Sahlberg, joins UNSW and Gonski Institute for Education News Image

World-renowned Finnish educator Dr Pasi Sahlberg has been appointed a Professor of Education at UNSW Sydney and will work with the University’s new interdisciplinary institute focussing on educational access and excellence, the Gonski Institute for Education. Read More

8 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Australian preschoolers to learn new languages with ELLA in 2018 News Image

About 60,000 preschool children in the year before school will use tablet devices to access ELLA to learn one of nine languages next year using a series of seven interactive apps per language. Read More

8 Dec 2017
UniSA research to identify how schools foster refugee student resilience News Image

Often refugees don’t arrive with much but what they do have in spades is resilience; that will form the centerpiece of a Uni SA initiative designed to play to refugee children's strengths. Read More

8 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Inspirational teachers’ day made better News Image

Ten extraordinary primary and secondary school teachers have received a nice surprise with their students, colleagues and community anointing them as the winners of the 2017 A Day Made Better Teaching Awards. Read More

7 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Beating the summertime veg News Image

Apparently, the long summer school holiday has its roots in a time when kids were expected to help with the summer planting on the family farm, those days are long gone. Read More

7 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Mental health on the minds of young Australians News Image

Mission Australia’s annual youth survey, now 16 years old, provides one of the better pictures of what young Australians are thinking and concerned about. A total of 24,055 young people aged 15–19 years responded to the survey. Read More

7 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Kids and literacy, get them started young News Image

So how do you improve literacy in kids? Have them attend schools where a greater number of kids are literate when they start school. So says the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Read More

6 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Faith based schools want protections from same-sex marriage News Image

It’s been about three weeks since the majority Yes vote for same sex marriage and the debate over amendments and protections to the Bill has started. Elite faith based schools have voiced concerns about defunding and restrictions on hiring. Read More

4 Dec 2017 | Sydney
Congratulations Renee McCarthy 2017 ARIA Music Teacher of the Year News Image

At the 2017 ARIA Awards, Renee McCarthy (Ms Mac if you’re her student) from Woodcroft College in Morphett Vale South Australia received the inaugural ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award. Read More

1 Dec 2017 | Melbourne
Gaming education News Image

If there was one thing that came out of the recently released Digital Australia Report which looked into the effects of gaming in Australia it’s that video games have infused every part of the society. Read More

30 Nov 2017 | Nelbourne
Mentoring girls into maths News Image

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and the BHP Billiton Foundation’s Choose Maths Gender Report makes for some concerning reading. Read More