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How do we make all schools inclusive?

Australia has been taking strides towards inclusive school design for a number of decades, but with little clarity on what an inclusive design should actually look like. While the 7 Principles of Universal Design provides a general framework, its clauses are too abstract to offer any real direction to designers. Meanwhile, the evidence base to…

12 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Occupational Health & Safety

How to evaluate your school’s COVID-19 safety program

Infection avoidance, liability avoidance, and government compliance. As a school governor, it is easy to think that you have your COVID-19 risk management plan down pat. However, safely increasing occupancy numbers in schools during the pandemic is a deceptively complex task, according to Lt. John Weinstein of the Northern Virginia Community College Police Department, USA.…

30 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic


Digital degree market a totally different ball game, says Oxford’s Simon Marginson

From retail, to healthcare, to corporate enterprise, the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred digital disruption in almost every sector. For some activities, the digital medium has proven to be more popular than its in-person alternative. With the arrival of bulk-billable telehealth, for example, overall GP consultations have surged. As have virtual meeting software sign-ups, with research…

9 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic


How do we help our country survive? A change in focus for Australian universities

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has not been kind to any of us, but for Australia’s higher education sector it has been crippling. A huge drop-off in international students – which once comprised the nation’s third largest export – has left a $16 billion dent in the industry. This has prompted the government to reconsider some…

31 Aug 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Leadership & Communication | Uncategorised

Ten ways virtual conferences trump live events

They say adversity is often the catalyst for change and for large-scale events, COVID-19 has been no exception. With ongoing public health policies, like border closures and social distancing, virtual conferences are fast becoming the norm for Australian business. In fact, 85% of companies are now using digital channels for education purposes. With live policy…

20 Aug 2020, by Amy Sarcevic


Teachers need more training to help students with special educational needs

‘Special education’ is a broad term and requires an equally broad set of skills, providers and strategies – not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach - says academic expert, Dr. Kathleen Tait. “Included within a typical education classroom one could find students with a range of intellectual, social and emotional difficulties; children who are gifted and talented; and/or…

17 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic


Normalising mental health protocols and intervention in Australian schools

When it comes to physical health, we’re not short of nationally-endorsed protocols that support our wellbeing. From hand-railings on public stairways, to mandatory vaccinations, to the highly-publicised “slip slop slap” sunscreen campaign. The same also applies in school settings. When a child is injured, they’ll receive first aid from an appointed, trained first aider. There…

20 Sep 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Technology

How this school is breeding the next generation of technology experts

Flying through google earth, finding solitude in an enigma portal, virtually touring the cosmos in a VR-enabled telenaut centre. These are hardly the quintessential images we conjure up when thinking back to our primary school years. But for students at Wooranna Park Primary, they are part of everyday routine. That’s because Wooranna recognises that the…

19 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic


Education and research – what the data tells us about productivity in Australia’s universities

The need for joint consideration of a university’s Education and Research output is vital in gauging its overall productivity, but until recently institutions have largely had to rely on intuition in making this judgement. “Determining the performance of each domain separately is relatively straightforward, but when determining overall productivity, subjective weighting is often given to…

7 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic


Addressing the decline in the number of students from China

With its clean, liveable cities and a curriculum that caters to next generation industries, Australia is an attractive international study destination. However, a recent decline in students from China is beginning to spark concern among domestic universities and economists. “Historically, we have become accustomed to 10 percent per annum cumulative growth in the number of…

18 Jul 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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