Crammed Australian Curriculum needs review, says Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek

QUEENSLAND’S Education Minister says concerns that there is too much to teach in the Australian Curriculum is a reason it needs to be reviewed. Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek confirmed yesterday that teachers had spoken to him about the issue. His comments followed revelations in The Courier-Mail that the state’s t...

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The job of parenting: IT workers have Australia's smartest kids, according to OECD report

KIDS who have at least one parent working in IT, business or engineering are the best performing students in Australia. An OECD report into the link between student performance and their parents' occupations has also found the sons and daughters of subsistence farmers, salespeople and machine operators are the lowest performing studen...

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One in five children has developmental problems

The latest census of early childhood skills shows one in five Australian children still has some kind of developmental problem when they start formal schooling, despite small gains in language and other areas. The Australian Early Development Index ( AEDI ) says 22 per cent of the 290,000 five-year-olds assessed were classified as "deve...

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Schoolkids Bonus

Four hundred thousand families must notify Centrelink by Christmas if their child is either starting Primary School in 2013 or if their child is moving to High School next year. This is so they do not miss out on the Schoolkids Bonus worth up to $820 per child. Under changes that came into effect this year, the bonus is now to be paid in two ...

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NAPLAN Results

Results from this year's NAPLAN tests show that most NSW students have gone backwards in reading, spelling and numeracy over the past five years. The Federal Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, said the $ 1.7 billion cut to education funding in NSW meant students may slip even further. Preliminary results of the National...

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