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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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ACARA releases 2013 NAPLAN National Report and 2014 figures for My School website

ACARA has released the full 2013 NAPLAN National Report and the 2014 My School figures. The NAPLAN report includes students' results by gender, Indigenous status, language background other than English status, parental occupation, parental education, and location at each year level and for each domain of the NAPLAN test. My School is designed to enable parents, school leaders and their communities, educators and members of the wider community to search for schools in their local area or from any part of the country; view school-level NAPLAN results; compare statistically similar schools; and identify schools that are doing well. See statement on My School from ACARA CEO Robert Randall, available as video or transcript. The NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, has called for the abolition of My School: see article in the Sydney Morning Herald 6 March 2014. See also articles in the Sydney Morning Herald, the West Australian, and the Queensland Courier-Mail, all 6 March, and the NSW Daily Telegraph 5 March 2014.

Primary principals' submission to Review of the Australian Curriculum

The President of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) has declared that the Australian Curriculum is 'overcrowded and is reducing the ability of primary schools to focus on literacy and numeracy'. The APPA's concerns have been raised in its submission to the Review of the Australian Curriculum. See APPA media release 5 March, article in the Sydney Morning Herald 11 March, and report on ABC News 11 March 2014.

Exploring the use of iPads for student learning

An article on the MindShift blog 13 February 2014 discusses how iPads may assist student learning in the subject areas of mathematics, English and French.

Using social media in the classroom

Teachers are using social media in a diversity of ways to improve their students' learning. An article on the Edutopia blog 27 February 2014 links to a number of further pieces where teachers describe what they are doing with social media.

Adrian Piccoli flags reform of NSW Federation of Parent Associations

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli is poised to restructure the NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations, according to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald 12 March 2014.

Training classroom teachers to take PE

An article in the March 2014 edition of District Administration describes a program in which physical education instructors train primary classroom teachers to take outdoor PE classes with their students.

Changing patterns of school enrolments

An opinion article in The Canberra Times 12 March 2014 describes a shift in student enrolments from public schools toward 'small, strongly faith-based, low-fee, suburban independents', and discusses implications for social equity.

Co-teaching in a learner-centred, inclusive classroom

A US teacher suggests ways in which a co-teacher can enliven an inclusive classroom, in an article on the Middleweb blog 23 February 2014.