The national technologies curriculum is now open for consultation. The draft curriculum will be open for public consultation until 10 May. See statement 19 February 2013 from Australian Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett.
Australian Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, has released the 2012 progress reports for the Smarter Schools National Partnerships and announced the next instalments of funding to be paid to states and territories. The three partnerships – Improving Teacher Quality, Low SES Schools, and Literacy and Numeracy – have given teachers more access to professional development and training, and additional funding for schools to hire specialist staff and other resources.
There has been further media discussion around the school funding model being considered by the Australian Government. See commentary 20 February 2013 in The Sydney Morning Herald. A second article in The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 February 2013, discusses the issue of funding for independent schools in NSW. See also Curriculum Leadership's news updates via Twitter.
The Safe Schools are Smart Schools Competition aims to find and share the best safe school activities in Australia. Activities can be based on dealing with bullying, cyberbullying, violence, discrimination, harassment or mental health. The competition is open to all government, Catholic and independent primary and secondary schools in Australia. Entries close 5pm 1 March.
More than 130 Queensland government schools will take part in the Australian Government's Empowering Local Schools initiative. See statement 20 February 2013 by Australian Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, and his doorstop interview 21 February 2013.
The South Australian Government has ended a program designed to fast-track university graduates into secondary school teaching positions, according to a report on ABC News 19 February 2013. The candidates were to have been placed in schools after six weeks of teacher training.
A university study has found high levels of homophobia and anti-gay bullying in Queensland schools. See article in The Courier-Mail 21 February 2013.
Special Religious Instruction is 'a flawed model of segregated and unprofessional religious education', according to an opinion piece 18 February 2013 on The Conversation website, by David Zyngier, Senior Lecturer Faculty of Education at Monash University.
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