The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has released a draft Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders, endorsed by all Ministers of education, for national consideration and conversation. See AITSL media statement 28 October 2011.
The Australian Government is making a historic investment of more than $20 billion in early childhood education and care over the next four years.
NBN Co, the company building Australia's fibre optic network, is to launch a school-based education program in February next year. See article in The Age 25 October 2011.
Play-based learning in Western Australian kindergarten students will now include more attention to the development of literacy and numeracy skills, following a new policy statement from the Department of Education. See article in the West Australian 22 October 2011.
Fewer senior secondary students in NSW are taking maths, with rising numbers studying only humanities subjects. See article in the Sydney Morning Herald 24 October 2011.
National Nutrition Week, held 16–22 October, has promoted food and lifestyle choices. See resources available from Nutrition Australia and information for schools provided by the Western Australian Department of Education.
Ken Boston, a former Director General of the NSW Department of Education, has written in the Sydney Morning Herald on the benefits of vocational education within the school curriculum.
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