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Barefoot Learner Capabilities: How we are developing competencies for the real world

Julia Bevin, Principal, Paekākāriki School

As with many educators I have grappled with the purpose of assessment for some time. It often feels as though we are subjecting our learners to tests and assessments that serve no purpose other than to generate an arbitrary score... Read More


7 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Select group of Sydney girls in inaugural Code Next Program News Image

Year 9 and 10 girls from Chatswood High, Mosman School and North Sydney Girls High are taking part in the inaugural Code Next Program. They are learning the fundamentals of coding and design including HTML + CSS and Ruby, a programming language to stimulate computational thinking. Read More

5 Nov 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Terms of Reference for SES score methodology released News Image

The Turnbull Government has released the terms of reference for an independent inquiry into the data and methodology used to determine specific components of Commonwealth funding for non-government schools. Read More

5 Nov 2017
New research reveals young Australia is not thriving News Image

New research by Skillsroad has found that young Australians are not flourishing like they should, in fact they're just 'OK'. The data suggests that average levels of wellbeing are not only affecting them as a individuals but also the bottom line of Australian businesses. Read More

5 Nov 2017
Smart phones in bed linked to insomnia and poor quality sleep News Image

Children are more vulnerable than adults to losing sleep from taking smart phones and tablets to bed, a new study has found. Experts have warned that children are more sensitive to the blue light from electronic screens because their eyes have not yet fully developed. Read More

4 Nov 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Michael Chaney to head National School Resourcing Board News Image

They eight members of the National School Resourcing Board have been announced. Chaired by Dr Michael Chaney, the Board will undertake reviews of different parts of the funding model under the Australian Education Act 2013. The first review will consider how socio-economic status (SES) scores are calculated Read More

4 Nov 2017 | Australia
Researchers respond to CIS report: Getting the most out of Gonski 2.0 News Image

Early in October, policy think tank, The Centre for Independent Research (CIS) released its report: Getting the most out of Gonski 2.0: The evidence base for school investments on the use of Gonski funding. It tapped into an ongoing debate over phonics, literacy, and behaviour management. Read More

3 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
ACEL 2018 Conference theme is 'Trust your experience – setting the learning agenda' News Image

The venue for next year's Conference is the Melbourne Convention Centre from 3–5 October. The meeting will discuss the process of learning through experience, providing delegates with an opportunity to develop their professional knowledge and apply this knowledge to schools and systems. Read More

3 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
Make My Idea winners will have clever concepts prototyped News Image

Make My Idea is a national competition for student inventors. Winners will see their innovative idea transformed into an early stage prototype model, or 3D or 2D design, and have their ideas shown live on YouTube. Read More

3 Nov 2017 | Sydney, NSW
New HSC music program puts Australian composers centre stage News Image

HSC music students and teachers are being given access to the thinking and methods of some of Australia's leading composers in a new program developed by education academics at the University of Technology Sydney. Read More

3 Nov 2017
NAPLAN tests and technical requirements online News Image

Teachers, students and parents can become familiar with NAPLAN Online by completing mini-tests available on the NAPLAN public demonstration site, located within the NAP website. Visit the NAP website to find out the minimum technical requirements for completing NAPLAN Online. Read More

29 Oct 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Islamic School of Canberra loses federal funds News Image

Following an internal review by the DET, the Islamic School of Canberra will lose its Commonwealth Funding effective 16 December. The decision, announced by Minister Simon Birmingham on Friday 27 October, upheld the original decision to revoke the authority’s approval under the Australian Education Act 2013. Read More

29 Oct 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Noel Pearson's literacy program funding extended News Image

Noel Pearson's Good to Great schools program, designed to boost remote students’ literacy and numeracy has been backed with a further $4.1 million from the Turnbull Government, following the release of an independent report highlighting its positive impacts. Read More