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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


10 Mar 2017 | Melbourne
Auditor General scolds VIC Dept of Ed for poor record-keeping News Image

Victorian Auditor General Andrew Green, has cited the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) for poor record-keeping in his March 2017 report to Parliament Managing Public Sector Records. Read More

8 Mar 2017 | Australia
Critics warn parents that NAPLAN is not the whole story News Image

The My School website has been updated with the 2016 results, revealing a wealth of data about schools and how students performed. But critics warn parents to look beyond NAPLAN scores when choosing schools. Read More 

7 Mar 2017 | Australia
Report calls for increased investment in rural VET education News Image

Australian governments should increase investment in community education to address higher levels of disadvantage and unemployment in rural and regional Australia, according to a new report from Community Colleges Australia. Read More

6 Mar 2017 | QLD
Creativity lost in pursuit of top marks in literacy and numeracy News Image

A Brisbane school principal says the Federal Government is missing the point by launching an inquiry into Australia’s innovation challenge while refusing to look at the school system. Read More

2 Mar 2017 | Australia
Comprehensive review into regional education News Image

A comprehensive review of regional education will be conducted with the aim of getting more regional, rural and remote students to be successful at school and go on to further study, training and employment. Read More

1 Mar 2017 | Uni SA
Bilingual education the key to improvement News Image

University of South Australia, Applied Linguistics and international multilingual expert, Assoc Prof Kathleen Heugh, believes that educational competitiveness is associated with students who are proficient in at least two languages. Read More

1 Mar 2017 | Australia
Practical teaching resource to increase support for students with disability News Image

Australian Special Education Principals Association have developed Leading Learning 4 All, a website with resources available to teachers and principals to better support their students with special needs. Read More

24 Feb 2017 | SA
Survey shows we need to find more ways to support Year 12s News Image

A collaborative study by all three South Australian public universities, has found that almost 51 per cent of year 12 students find it difficult to decide what to study at university. Read More

22 Feb 2017 | Australia
Discipline more effective than monetary investment in schools News Image

A new study has shown that discipline in schools has a greater impact and is more important to educational performance when compared to monetary investment, a new study from Macquarie University has found. Read More

16 Feb 2017 | Canberra , ACT
SA Islamic College loses Commonwealth funding News Image

The Federal Minister for Education Simon Birmingham has announced that the Islamic College of South Australia will not receive funding after 14 April. The College received $4 million Commonwealth funding in 2016. Read More

14 Feb 2017 | Australia
Principal Health Wellbeing Survey: long hours but job satisfaction News Image

The 2016 Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey reveals long hours and high levels of job demands with an alarming increase in offensive behaviour, but high job satisfaction. Read More

6 Feb 2017 | Australia
Student engagement improves classroom learning News Image

When students are engaged in class, they learn more. Australia’s education system needs comprehensive reform to improve widespread student disengagement in the classroom, according to a new Grattan Institute report. Read More