On Wednesday 12 September 2012, the Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, and the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, Jacinta Collins, held a forum in which they talked with live and online audiences about the Australian Government's National Plan for School Improvement. View the on-demand version of the event.
The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has urged Australians planning tertiary studies to consider Asian universities rather than aspiring to traditional centres such as Cambridge and Harvard. See report on ABC News 10 September 2012.
Queensland's Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek, has launched the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum, developed for all students in the state.
South Australia's Minister for Education and Child Development, Grace Portolesi, has raised concerns that schools are burdened with too many specialist programs, and has called for a renewed refocus on the core areas of literacy and numeracy. See article in The Advertiser 10 September 2012.
Children are reading less as their lives become more crowded with other activities, according to a new British study. See report from the BBC 7 September 2012.
The Australian Council for Educational Leaders annual conference, An Inquiry Mindset, will take place in Brisbane between 3 and 5 October. See conference website for further details.
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