Maths PD for primary and intermediate teachers in New Zealand
In a move to enhance the quality of mathematics teaching, 600 primary and intermediate teachers in
New grants for innovative projects in science, technology and maths teaching
The Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, has announced a new third round of the $33.7 million Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) project to help invigorate science, technology and mathematics classes in Australian schools. Funding grants of between $20,000 and $80,000 will go to 586 different schools and around 324 partner organisations. These projects follow on from the 202 diverse and innovative projects announced in the previous two rounds of the ASISTM project. A list of successful round three projects and further information about ASISTM is available on its website. See Ministerial media statement, 8 November 2006.
Julie Bishop urges schools to teach civility and manners
Australian Government Education Minister Julie Bishop has said that schools 'have a duty, or should have a duty, to champion a sense of civility, good manners, tolerance and respect in their students’. See the transcript of her speech delivered as the 2006 Robert Menzies lecture, 3 November 2006, and report in The Australian, 7 November 2006.
New guidelines in Queensland help teachers deal with allergic reactions of students
The Queensland Government has introduced new guidelines to assist schools in managing students with anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. The Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Queensland Schools provide specific information for school staff on how to care for students diagnosed by a medical practitioner as being anaphylactic. See media statement by the Education Minister, Rod Welford, 3 November 2006.
Changes to complaints process in Western Australia's Department of Education and Training
Teachers pay scale flatter in Australia than OECD average, report finds
An OECD education report shows the top level of the teachers' pay scale in Australia is only 50 per cent higher than the starting pay, and that teachers hit the top rate after nine years in the classroom – well below the OECD average. See article in The Australian, 23 October 2006.