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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 Mar 2017 | Australia
Independent, Catholic schools back copyright reform News Image

ISCA and NCEC welcome plans to update copyright laws, but have expressed disappointment that Australian schools will continue to be exposed to dangers because the proposed changes to “safe harbour” provisions have been abandoned. Read More

23 Mar 2017 | VIC
New Independent Office in VIC to resolve school disputes News Image

Victorian families will have access to an Independent Office responsible for resolving the most complex and difficult school disputes with the aim to achieve a shared agreement. Read More

21 Mar 2017 | Australia
PAI: Social and emotional learning key to effective discipline solutions News Image

Students experiencing mental health problems are less likely to engage with school work whereas students who are mentally healthy experience less emotional, social or behavioural difficulties. Read More

20 Mar 2017 | South Australia
More help needed in stamping out bullying News Image

Children who are bullied need support, yet recently published research from University of South Australia (UniSA) shows disappointing outcomes for anti-bullying strategies, meaning help for vulnerable children is often not there. Read More

17 Mar 2017 | International
Boys and girls and how they use the Internet News Image

The results of the Growing Up Online – Connected Kids survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and iconKids&youth show that boys and girls aged 8–16 behave very differently on the Internet, meaning different approaches are required to keep them safe. Read More

16 Mar 2017 | Australia
TIMMS and PISA: the gap remains News Image

ACER reports confirm that the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students has barely narrowed over the past 15 years. The reports reveal that while socioeconomic factors matter, schools and teachers matter, too. Read More

16 Mar 2017 | Australia
Kids get ahead by working with their strengths News Image

New data shows Australian children battling issues with their physical or emotional development can draw on their strengths in other areas to get ahead in a trend experts have dubbed ‘the Resilience Factor’. Read More

15 Mar 2017 | Australia
Science literacy levels remain the same but kids are keen to learn News Image

Australian students’ science literacy levels have remained static since they were last assessed, according to a new report card issued by ACARA. But results of the student survey show that students are interested in learning new things in science. Read More

15 Mar 2017 | Sydney
Edval invites QLD schools to timetabling demos News Image

Schools can learn how Edval timetabling can improve classroom use and save teachers' time at demonstrations on 22 and 23 March at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort and on 22 March at the Mercure Brisbane Read More

12 Mar 2017 | Sydney
Fifth Australian Gallup Student Poll gets underway News Image

Gallup has identified three non-cognitive factors that impact on students – Hope: Ideas and energy we have for the future; Engagement: Involvement in and enthusiasm for school; Wellbeing: How we think about and experience our lives. Read More

10 Mar 2017 | Australia
Quality health and physical education improves academic results News Image

Australia’s peak education bodies are calling for Health and Physical Education needs to be at the forefront of education following recent evidence showing how quality health and physical education can improve academic performance. Read More

10 Mar 2017 | Australia
Australian program reduces bullying in world’s schools News Image

An Australian anti-bullying program now being introduced into the US and other countries is effective because students and teachers helped design and produce it, says the educational researcher who developed it. Read More