Some ‘‘really amazing’’ blogging is being done in Victorian schools, and often the best work is being done by younger students, says James Farmer, the former Deakin University education technology lecturer who left academic life in 2005 to establish Edublogs, his blog-hosting website, as a global operation.
Queensland has told Julia Gillard to “butt out of education” while revealing it would follow Victoria in hatching its own school funding reform plan.
In the latest setback to the Prime Minister's hopes of striking a deal with the states, the Queensland government declared on Thursday the Prime Minister should “give up” on her Gonski school funding reforms.
A FURIOUS Gillard government has warned that more than $1 billion in funding for Victorian students has been placed at risk after Premier Ted Baillieu walked away from a national plan to overhaul schools.
Global education companies are planning to open Australia's first for-profit schools targeting local primary and secondary students as early as next year.
Fairview Global, a for-profit schools network based in Malaysia, will send scouts to Australia within six months to find potential sites, with the aim of opening two schools next year and in 2015.
Australian year 7 students have got worse at maths since the introduction of national literacy and numeracy tests five years ago, according to the latest national snapshot.
And 14 Victorian schools breached national protocols when conducting this year's NAPLAN tests, including giving a class excess time, making test materials available to students before the test and granting a disability adjustment that was not entitled, a separate report says.
A major Victorian study into how teachers use test data to help children learn has revealed that while struggling students clocked up huge improvements after six months, the performances of top students stagnated.
Editorial -- Education Minister Martin Dixon has released a position paper that adds substance to the Baillieu government's commitment to lift the performance of Victoria's students into the global top tier in the next 10 years. But the public and profession are entitled to ask whether this is empty rhetoric in the absence of a plan or whether there is a realistic possibility that the target can be achieved.
Victorian teachers are increasingly deserting public schools to work in the private system, renewing fears about future staff shortages.
New research shows that while demand for teachers will continue to grow as enrollments boom, fewer staff are working in public schools compared with 10 years ago, while more have turned to the independent system.
The Victoria state government will resort to using "virtual classrooms" - where multiple schools share the same teacher over the internet - as it may not have enough qualified staff to fulfil its promise to teach every child a second language.
Supporters of sacked Methodist Ladies College principal Rosa Storelli are angry she will not be reinstated despite the board acknowledging she was not responsible for accounting errors that led to her being overpaid.
The Baillieu government will axe up to 950 Education Department jobs, the union covering public sector workers says, and not the 400 cuts outlined by the Premier in June.
Hundreds of Education Department bureaucrats were invited by managers to attend a meeting yesterday for a briefing on a restructure first flagged last December - and still not completed.