Growing numbers of students are learning Wiradjuri, the Aboriginal language spoken in north-west NSW. See article in the Sydney Morning Herald 1 March 2015.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has announced that it is developing a computer program 'capable of marking students’ compositions and creative writing': see article in the Herald Sun 25 February 2015.
The Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino, has sent a letter to schools announcing the end of the rating scale for teacher performance reviews, and confirming the Government's opposition to performance pay. See article in The Age 26 February 2015.
Amendments to the Education and Training Reform Act, introduced into the Victorian parliament, require all Victorian schools as a condition of registration – including non-government schools – to implement policies that better manage the risk of child abuse and respond to abuse allegations. Schools failing to implement suitable policies and procedures will risk having their registration suspended or cancelled. See ministerial statement 25 February and article in EducationHQ 26 February 2015.
The University of Western Sydney is introducing a Graduate Certificate of Primary Mathematics Education, aimed at producing specialist primary mathematics educators. The fully online course will be available from mid 2015 to pre-service and in-service teachers. See short article on the 21st Century Learning blog, 24 February 2015.
A short article in Teacher 20 February 2015 discusses issues surrounding 'Big Data' and education data mining.
A public forum in Tasmania has discussed ways to improve the State's school and university systems. See article in The Mercury 27 February 2015.
The Australian Minister for Education and Training, Christopher Pyne, has announced additional funding to support primary school-aged children from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria of the National School for Travelling Show Children enrolled at the Dubbo School of Distance.
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