During an interview on ABC Lateline the Australian Government Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has described the new My School website's role in the publication of school-level information. During the interview she also spoke on the topics of class size and the Teach for Australia program. See transcript of interview, 10 November 2009, and transcript of minister's address to the Eidos Institute, published 12 November 2009. See also article in The Sydney Morning Herald and article in The Age, both 11 November 2009.
both 11 November 2009.
The Australian Government Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has acknowledged concerns of principals that schools are now expected to take responsibility for many aspects of student wellbeing and behaviour that were traditionally dealt with in the home. See article in The Age, 12 November 2009.
Principals have expressed concern that the Government's $2.2 billion 'national partnerships' program, designed to help strugging schools, to improve teaching standards, and to improve literacy and numeracy, is being undermined by a lack of transparency about the distribution of funding. See article in The Age, 12 November 2009.
The Premier of Tasmania, David Bartlett, has announced the construction of a Queenstown community 'hub' that will include a number of onsite services for children and families, such as education and training services, literacy support, library services, and internet and computer access. See premier's media statement 12 November 2009.
South Australian Education Minister Jane Lomax-Smith has announced the 45 schools that will be the recipients of cyber safety grants, as well as releasing details about a series of regional forums to promote cyber safety. See minister's media statement, 6 November 2009.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Minister for Education and Training Geoff Wilson have announced a $200 million building program to rebuild or renovate more than 1800 classrooms in 300 schools. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. See joint ministerial media statement, 9 November 2009.
Dr Joy Kennedy, senior education lecturer at Australian Catholic University's Brisbane campus is examining factors that determine parents' choice of school for their children. The research, to be completed by March 2010, will involve surveying participants about the influence of particular factors in choosing a certain school. Interested Queensland parents with children not currently enrolled in Catholic schools can also complete the survey online. See ACU media release 27 October 2009.
The Victorian Government has released a list of 728 schools and children's services that will close on a day that is declared a Code Red (Catastrophic) Fire Danger Rating this fire season. See statement from the Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, 12 November 2009. Victoria's schools bushfire information line is 1800 059 866.
NSW Minister for Education and Planning, Verity Firth, has announced that from 2010 students undertaking a Year 10 equivalent course will have access to a greater variety. Students will be able to choose from 150 industry-based courses, such as aquaculture and construction, that will be recognised as Year 10 equivalent. See Minister's media release 28 October 2009.