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selective schools increasingly cater to the most advantaged students

Today thousands of Year 6 students will sit the selective schools test, hoping to gain entry to one of these top performing high schools. In 2016, selective schools made up eight of the top 10 schools in the Higher School Certificate  leaderboard.
Most students sitting for the selective schools test this week will be unsuccessful in securing a place. This is not surprising, as selective schools are government schools designed to cater for gifted and talented students with superior academic ability and high classroom performance.Unlike other government schools, they are unzoned, so students can apply regardless of where they live.But these public schools are increasingly bastions of inequality, rather than simply havens for the gifted and talented.Figures from the government’s MySchool we

malcolm turnbull announces new post-gonski national schools funding package

The government will not cut funding for private and Catholic schools in real terms but it has hinted it wants to pull back the generous annual funding increases locked into legislation by the Gillard government. Senator Birmingham has not been shy about suggesting some schools might not get as much money from the government in the future."Equally, of course, there are schools, including in the non-government sector, who are getting less than what formulas would say their fair share is and ... they'll have an adjustment process," he said in February.

most act primary schools fail to improve at national rate

Most Canberra primary schools failed to improve their students' literacy and numeracy at the same rate as other schools around Australia.And two government high schools' students actually had worse writing scores in year 9 than they did two years earlier when they were in year 7.
St Francis of Assisi Primary School students Rose Cochrane, Lucille Gregory, Jonathan Price and Max Read. The school was identified as making substantial improvements to students' results between years three and five. Photo: Jay CronanThe 2016 NAPLAN results of about 9500 Australian schools were released on the My School website on Wednesday.Fairfax Media analysed how ACT schoolchildren's results had improved since those same students were last tested in 2014.AdvertisementWhile 25 Canberra schools recorded gains

boulder valley's mountain schools closed due to weather

The Boulder Valley School District this morning announced that its four mountain schools will be closed today due to weather conditions in the upper elevations of the county.Those schools are: Nederland Middle/Senior, Nederland Elementary, Jamestown Elementary and Gold Hill Elementary.The schools were initially placed on a two-hour delayed start, but at 7 a.m. the district made the decision to close them for the day.No other schools in the district have been affected.
Watch the district's website, bvsd.org, for updates.Advertisement

nsw government drops safe schools program for new bullying initiative

The NSW government will replace the Safe Schools program with a new anti-bullying strategy after the federal government refused to fund it. The NSW government has announced a new anti-bullying strategy will replace Safe Schools after the federal government said it would not fund the program beyond mid-year.The NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said in a statement the government was working on a replacement to the strategy which would be available to teachers by term three."The Australian government, who fund and oversee the Safe Schools program, have advised that they will no longer be providing funding for the program by mid-year," Mr Stokes said.The government was still committed to making sure NSW schools remained supportive of those who are struggling at school, he said."Bullying will

nsw education minister rob stokes to dump safe schools program

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes will dump the Safe Schools program and replace it with a new anti-bullying strategy when federal funding for the controversial program runs out later this year.Safe Schools offers resources for same-sex-attracted, intersex and gender-diverse students in about 18 NSW schools.
NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes will replace Safe Schools with a new anti-bullying program.  Photo: Brook MitchellFederal funding will stop on June 30 but the new NSW program will receive funding in the state budget.Mr Stokes is consulting with the education sector, including Catholic and independent schools and principal groups, about the new strategy."Bullying will never be accepted in NSW public schools whether it be because someone is overweight, gay, based on the colour of the

nsw drops safe schools program as federal funding ends

The NSW government will replace the Safe Schools program with a new anti-bullying strategy after the federal government refused to fund it beyond mid-year. The Safe Schools program will be replaced by a new anti-bullying strategy in NSW schools after the federal government refused to fund it beyond mid-year.NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said in a statement on Sunday the government was working on a replacement strategy which would be available to teachers by term three."The Australian government, who fund and oversee the Safe Schools program, have advised that they will no longer be providing funding for the program by mid-year," Mr Stokes said.Former prime minister Tony Abbott welcomed the decision and stressed even though the strategy was implemented under his government in 2014 it wa

nsw drops safe schools program as federal funding ends

The NSW government will replace the Safe Schools program with a new anti-bullying strategy after the federal government refused to fund it beyond mid-year. The Safe Schools program will be replaced by a new anti-bullying strategy in NSW schools after the federal government refused to fund it beyond mid-year.NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said in a statement on Sunday the government was working on a replacement strategy which would be available to teachers by term three."The Australian government, who fund and oversee the Safe Schools program, have advised that they will no longer be providing funding for the program by mid-year," Mr Stokes said.Former prime minister Tony Abbott welcomed the decision and stressed even though the strategy was implemented under his government in 2014 it wa

the schools transforming immigrant education

Schools for newcomers are trying to better meet their unique needs, but some worry they’re perpetuating segregation practices of old.

catholic schools to fight homophobia

For the first time, a Catholic schools network is rolling out an alternative to Safe Schools which it believes will train teachers to stamp out homophobia and transphobia.Edmund Rice Education Australia has distributed resources to its 52 schools and will soon run training to help teachers create a safer and more inclusive environment for gay and transgender students and LGBTI families.
Edmund Rice schools are hoping to create a safer and more inclusive environment. The training material states that children may have a sense of their sexual orientation in early primary school and teachers must support them so they can develop "a positive self-identity".The organisation's executive director, Wayne Tinsey, said the Catholic education sector and church had been "silent" for too long.
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catholic schools to fight homophobia

For the first time, a Catholic schools network is rolling out an alternative to Safe Schools which it believes will train teachers to stamp out homophobia and transphobia.Edmund Rice Education Australia has distributed resources to its 52 schools and will soon run training to help teachers create a safer and more inclusive environment for gay and transgender students and LGBTI families.
Edmund Rice schools are hoping to create a safer and more inclusive environment. The training material states that children may have a sense of their sexual orientation in early primary school and teachers must support them so they can develop "a positive self-identity".The organisation's executive director, Wayne Tinsey, said the Catholic education sector and church had been "silent" for too long.
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canberra non-government schools receive nearly $60 million transition funds

ACT non-government schools will receive a share in $57.9 million over four years to help them transition to the federal government's new funding model.The capital's Catholic schools face a funding freeze and almost half of independent schools a cut under the legislation, which passed the senate early Friday morning.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham. Photo: James HallGonski 2.0 will scrap 27 deals with states, schools and systems in favour of a single needs-based model. Over-funded schools will reach the government's school resourcing standard within 10 years and under-funded schools within six.The ACT's Catholic schools, which traditionally benefited from being funded to  a socio-economic status score of 101 regardless of each school's actual score, have been particularly vocal in the

protecting schools from military use: law, policy, and military doctrine - world

Protect Schools from Military UseGovernments Should Endorse, Carry Out Safe Schools Declaration(New York, March 20, 2017) – Countries around the world are taking measures to protect students, teachers, and schools from the harmful consequences that can result from the use of schools for military purposes during times of armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.The 101-page report, “Protecting Schools from Military Use: Law, Policy, and Military Doctrine,” contains examples of law and practice from 40 countries, from Afghanistan to Yemen, instituting some level of protection for schools or universities from military use. Many of the examples come from countries currently or recently involved in armed conflict, indicating that governments and armed forces are recogn

wealthy schools to get $1.6 billion extra funding if gonski 2.0 fails

The nation's wealthiest schools would get $1.6 billion in extra funding should parliament reject the Turnbull government's Gonski 2.0 model this week. The Turnbull government will be seeking to garner crossbench support for its so-called Gonski 2.0 schools funding when parliament sits this week, its final gathering before the long winter break.Education Minister Simon Birmingham has warned some of the country's wealthiest schools will receive more than $1.6 billion extra under existing Labor funding rules should parliament reject the government's new funding model."We want to invest $18.6 billion more into some of the most neediest schools around Australia to make sure that everyone gets treated consistently and according to need," Senator Birmingham told ABC radio on Sunday.But Labor educ

wealthy schools to get $1.6 billion extra funding if gonski 2.0 fails

The nation's wealthiest schools would get $1.6 billion in extra funding should parliament reject the Turnbull government's Gonski 2.0 model this week. The Turnbull government will be seeking to garner crossbench support for its so-called Gonski 2.0 schools funding when parliament sits this week, its final gathering before the long winter break.Education Minister Simon Birmingham has warned some of the country's wealthiest schools will receive more than $1.6 billion extra under existing Labor funding rules should parliament reject the government's new funding model."We want to invest $18.6 billion more into some of the most neediest schools around Australia to make sure that everyone gets treated consistently and according to need," Senator Birmingham told ABC radio on Sunday.But Labor educ

wealthy schools to get $1.6 billion extra funding if gonski 2.0 fails

The nation's wealthiest schools would get $1.6 billion in extra funding should parliament reject the Turnbull government's Gonski 2.0 model this week. The Turnbull government will be seeking to garner crossbench support for its so-called Gonski 2.0 schools funding when parliament sits this week, its final gathering before the long winter break.Education Minister Simon Birmingham has warned some of the country's wealthiest schools will receive more than $1.6 billion extra under existing Labor funding rules should parliament reject the government's new funding model."We want to invest $18.6 billion more into some of the most neediest schools around Australia to make sure that everyone gets treated consistently and according to need," Senator Birmingham told ABC radio on Sunday.But Labor educ

gonski 2.0: catholic schools not worse off, minister says

Education Minister Simon Birmingham insists Catholic schools won't be worse off under the government's new schools funding package.
The federal education minister denies Catholic schools will be worse off under the Turnbull government's new schools funding package.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Senator Simon Birmingham were on Wednesday spruiking the government's new Gonski review as the states and Catholic educators work through the details.The minister admits 24 schools will see reduction in funding and about 300 will experience lower rates of funding growth under the plan to be put to state education ministers on May 18 and premiers next month.The Catholic education sector is angry a majority of its schools are on the hit list for cuts, saying it's unfair.But Senator Birmingham d

how to get kids to use salad bars in public schools

IMAGE: A child chooses food from a salad bar.
view more Credit: Nate Edwards/BYU PhotoThanks to a national initiative, salad bars are showing up in public schools across the country. Now a Brigham Young University researcher is trying to nail down how to get kids to eat from them. BYU health sciences professor Lori Spruance studies the impact of salad bars in public schools and has found one helpful tip: teens are more likely to use salad bars if they're exposed to good, old-fashioned marketing. Students at schools with higher salad bar marketing are nearly three times as likely to use them."Children and adolescents in the United States do not consume the nationally recommended levels of fruits and vegetables," Spruance said. "Evidence suggests that salad bars in schools can make a big d

schools break the rules with extra tuition fees for smart kids, parents say

Photo: Depositphotos.comThe parents of children who have been classified as ‘extremely intelligent’ are spending hundreds of euros on extra school lessons for their offspring even though school is supposed to be free, the AD reported on Monday.Schools are only allowed by law to ask parents for a voluntary contribution, but the parents of bright kids are having to pay a small fortune for extra ‘plus classes’, the paper quotes parents lobby group Ouders & Onderwijs as saying.School inspectors have also urged parents to sound the alarm if they are being asked to pay for extra tuition in school time, which can be as much as €50 a week, the AD said.Three years ago, the government introduced new rules for primary schools requiring everyone to receive education appropriate to their abilities. Thi

former education minister adrian piccoli calls for commission of inquiry

Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli has called for a commission of inquiry into the way Catholic schools spend public money, saying as a practicing Catholic he is "deeply disappointed" with their lack of transparency.Mr Piccoli, who was dumped from the ministry in a cabinet reshuffle in January, said even when he was responsible for approving $500 million in annual funding for Catholic schools in NSW, he had no idea how the money was spent.
Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli says there should be more transparency in Catholic schools funding.  Photo: Louie DouvisHe said the NSW Catholic Education Commission submitted a signed one-page form which unlocked $500 million."There is no transparency back to government about how Catholic schools spend half a billion dollars of

elizabeth kikkert questions safe schools program, says children should be taught

Liberal Elizabeth Kikkert has questioned the Safe Schools program in ACT schools, asking why children are not being taught instead that it is illegal to have sex before 16."Is it illegal or is it breaking the law if you perform sexual intercourse underage?" Mrs Kikkert asked education officials at parliamentary hearings on Friday.
Elizabeth Kikkert at ACT parliamentary hearings: "It's not safe school, it's safe sex". She is with, from left, Labor's Chris Steel, the Liberals' Andrew Wall and Labotrs Michael Pettersson. "Im not an authority to speak," an education directorate official responded."I don't think that's relevant," Education Minister Yvette Berry said.
Liberal Elizabeth Kikkert: Concerns about the Safe Schools gender diversity program in ACT schools. Photo: Jamila Toderas"I'm

former education minister adrian piccoli calls for commission of inquiry

Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli has called for a commission of inquiry into the way Catholic schools spend public money, saying as a practising Catholic he is "deeply disappointed" with their lack of transparency.Mr Piccoli, who was replaced by Rob Stokes in a cabinet reshuffle in January, said even when he was responsible for approving $500 million in annual funding for Catholic schools in NSW, he had no idea how the money was spent.
Former NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli says there should be more transparency in Catholic schools funding.  Photo: Louie DouvisHe said the NSW Catholic Education Commission submitted a signed one-page form which unlocked $500 million."There is no transparency back to government about how Catholic schools spend half a billion dollars of ta

how gonski 2.0 would rip money from catholic schools to boost public school spen

The multi-billion dollar transfer of taxpayer money from Catholic schools to public schools under the government's "Gonski 2.0" funding model has been exposed in secret data given to the Senate crossbench ahead of a crucial vote this week.
Simon Birmingham has a two-pronged strategy over Gonski 2.0. Photo: Alex EllinghausenThe Department of Education data shows the country's public schools would receive a $4 billion windfall over the next decade if the Turnbull government's school funding changes pass while Catholic schools would be $4.6 billion worse off than under the current legislation.The leaked modelling examines how public, Catholic and private schools around the country would be affected by the Senate's decision to block or support the new funding model.
Illustration: Matt Gold

in a fake fact era, schools teach the abcs of news literacy

Schools across the country are educating students in how to sift through today's online avalanche of alternative facts. The post In a Fake Fact Era, Schools Teach the ABCs of News Literacy appeared first on WIRED.

schools hike fees by 11-20% across country, parents left stumped: survey

Beginning of new academic session has come as a shocker for many as majority of parents said schools have hiked fees between 11-20 per cent this year, according to a nationwide survey.
Moreover, 15 per cent of parents surveyed said their schools have hiked the fees by over 20 per cent, the survey by community social media platform LocalCircles has said.
"The fee increase in many schools has again been quite high this year and parents in different parts of the country have come on the roads to protest about it," the survey said.
"They have also been complaining about the hefty increase in the annual fee charges which schools are not able to justify," it said.
Parents across the country are very concerned as school fee in the last years has been rising at a much faster rate than the

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