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The main ingredient for teaching success

School principal Tina King still vividly recalls the day a recently qualified teacher knocked on her office door and began sobbing. Just months into the role, pressures from parents, students, and impending exams had begun to feel overwhelming – her last hope to purge all in an impromptu meeting with her boss. “It was heartbreaking,”…

16 Feb 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Meeting Victorian students at their learning point of need – an interview with Karen Money

Working with 26 Victorian schools during last year’s forced closures, award-winning educator, Karen Money, made one clear observation about remote learning: that some students thrived with the added autonomy, whilst others lagged without in-person teacher support. “The polarity really struck me,” she said ahead of The Age Schools Summit. “Some students flourished when they were…

4 Feb 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Small group tutoring in NSW – why the need and how will it work?

Next year, students in New South Wales (NSW) will have access to free tutoring for the first time, thanks to a $337 million program as part of the state’s 2020-21 Budget. Under the scheme, an additional 5,500 staff will be employed to deliver small group teaching sessions to all eligible students throughout the state. The…

8 Dec 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

The structure of Australian schooling needs to change – Prof. Adrian Piccoli

Former NSW Education Minister and Director of the Gonski Institute for Education, Professor Adrian Piccoli, is challenging the status quo of Australia’s school system, in a bid to achieve greater equity for students. Piccoli believes the existing structure, funding model, and underlying regulatory framework is doing a disservice to low socio-economic status (SES) students, with…

3 Dec 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure

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

Education

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

Education

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

Education

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 Informa Insights
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