Greater Shepparton College plagued by 'systemic racism' and bullying culture, review finds. One of Victoria's largest schools is "a picture of systemic racism and cultural exclusion", according to a damning review into its culture.
Key points: The report identified a lack of cultural awareness among teaching staffOnly three of 300 staff had trained to help students who speak English as an additional languageThe Education Department is now consulting cultural groups to determine what action is needed An independent report into Greater Shepparton Secondary College has found a high number of racist incidents by teachers towards students and a culture where staff are reluctant to report racist behaviour for fear of being bullied by other teachers. The report, which was commissioned by the Department of Education after concerns were raised about race-related problems at the school, has been kept under wraps since it was delivered in November, but a copy has been obtained by the ABC.
Among other findings, the report said there had been: NSW school principals in crisis meeting after petition detailed thousands of alleged sexual assaults. More than 100 private school principals have convened for a crisis meeting following a petition detailing thousands of alleged sexual assaults against former students.
Key points: NSW Police's sex crimes boss answered questions at the crisis meetingA petition started by Chanel Contos has 27,338 signaturesSome women wrote they had been forced to perform sexual acts Former Kambala student Chanel Contos started the petition last month, because she was "sick of constantly hearing my friends' experience of sexual abuse". Ms Contos has called for a bigger focus on consent in sexual education, for consent to be taught from a younger age and education to be focused on single-sex private schools.
During an online webinar today, NSW Police Sex Crimes Squad boss Stacey Maloney responded to questions from the heads of the Catholic, independent and government schools across the state about sexual violence. AISNSW chief executive Geoff Newcombe said it was powerful having Ms Maloney attend. Key points: Nutritionists call for healthy lunch program to be rolled out in schools across Australia. If you were able to sneak veggies and wholefoods into your child's lunchbox, would they eat it over the standard packed Aussie lunch?
One nutritionist thinks so, and she also thinks it might be cheaper. Some research shows 40 per cent of food children eat is considered junkNutritionists are calling for a healthy lunch program to be rolled out nationwideA Darwin childcare centre says children have shown improved behaviour since it began a health program A Flinders University survey found 40 per cent of the food school children eat is junk food, such as cakes, chips and biscuits Instead of breaking the bank on superfoods or spending precious time slaving away in the kitchen, paediatric nutritionist Mandy Sacher wants people to go back to basics and avoid the usual pre-packaged school snacks.
"I would never send an adult to work with a jam sandwich, a cheese stick and shapes, but for some reason as a society we think this is okay for children," she said. Should financial literacy be a compulsory subject in schools? These experts think so. Should financial literacy be a compulsory subject in schools?
It's a straightforward question with a contentious history and no consensus on an answer. Yet as states and territories begin to phase out school banking programs (think Dollarmites), some experts are saying there needs to be a dedicated model to teach our youth just how to handle their money. English, science ... personal finance? For Jai and Marlies Hobbs, the problem is clear: Australians, particularly kids, don't understand the fundamentals of money. Jai is a mortgage broker and Marlies is a former property development lawyer. Together, they have started and run multiple businesses and have two kids. Canberra Dungeons and Dragons business helping children with autism improve their social skills and make friends. This year, for the first time, George Blyth will have kids to invite to his birthday party.
The primary school student has autism and has made a special group of mates playing a modified version of Dungeons and Dragons. The game is run by a Canberra social inclusion role-play business called Dice 4 Diversity, which is helping kids with diverse needs improve their conversation and social skills. "He looks forward to it, it's the highlight of his week," his mum Jenelle said. "There's a group that he can fit in with. 'Their social skills were getting better' George plays a modified game of Dungeons and Dragons every Saturday with Canberra father Ian Bennett.
Rockhampton's Hayley Doyle urges struggling students to seek support, stay in school. Hayley Doyle hated school.
While her peers attended class and completed their homework, the Ghungalu and Mununjali student counted down the days until she could leave. The self-confessed troublemaker planned to drop out after year 10 but a traineeship changed her mind. As students across Australia head back to the classroom, the 21-year-old wants to remind young people support is always available and they can achieve anything they put their minds to. Canberra mother doubts Brindabella Christian College will change after 'wrongfully' excluding her boys. The mother of two boys who were removed from an independent Canberra school's enrolment list after she made a complaint, says she is doubtful Brindabella Christian College (BCC) will change, despite the Human Rights Commission finding it was wrong for them to punish her sons.
Key points: The ACT Human Rights Commission found Brindabella Christian College was wrong to exclude two boys after it had a falling out with their motherThe boys were told they were not welcome at the school after their mother made complaints about how the school was being runThe mother, Jodie Jayatilaka, welcomed the findings, but says she is doubtful the school will cooperate with her in future Jodie Jayatilaka complained about the college's operations after her daughter, who as school captain made reference to staff turmoil and its impact on students in a speech, was criticised by the school's board. Smith Family Learning Clubs helping Western Sydney kids catch up on curriculum - ABC News. Getting a child to school can be a daily battle for many parents, but it's not one that Amanda* is familiar with.
Key points: The Smith Family's Learning Club that Caleb attends is one of 332 around the countryVolunteer tutors work one-on-one with children to help them catch up on the curriculumCharlie Hoffman said he "wanted to take the the skills" learnt tutoring private school kids and benefit those less fortunate Every morning, her son Caleb is the one pushing her out of the house. Attendance in Tasmanian schools improves off the back of free hot daily meals - ABC News. A Tasmanian principal has credited leaving the lunchbox at home with better school attendance and behaviour.
One student's attendance improved by 80 per cent when given free school mealsThe food is nutritious and costs around $4 per mealThe children liked the variety, the fact it was hot and that they could eat together In a recent trial, hundreds of students at three Tasmanian schools were invited to a hot sit-down meal every day for four weeks. Warrane Primary School acting principal Sarah Hoban said attendance was the first notable improvement. "It has specifically increased with some children who have very low attendance," she said. "For example, we have one student who had attended less than 20 days previous to the lunch program … and then the four weeks, [he came] every single day, all day. "His attendance has improved about 80 per cent.
"We've seen a lot more student engagement in the classrooms, a lot more attention, focus and drive with their learning. " Leaked NT Government report reveals funding inequality at Aboriginal homelands schools - ABC News. An internal review of the Northern Territory's Aboriginal homelands schools has found funding inequalities and a lack of government support.
Key points: A government review finds homelands teachers in tents, students in rusted-out buildingsThe NT Education Minister says a homelands schools review is ongoingThe education union fears critical upgrades will not feature in Tuesday's budget The ABC has seen a copy of the draft report finalised in September last year and given to the NT Education Department. Photos in the report reveal the poor state of some homelands learning centre buildings and teacher accommodation in 2019 — visiting teachers living in tents and students learning in rusted-out buildings.
"There is a lack of clarity, support and accountability in relation to the provision of homeland education services," the report said. School engagement in NT Indigenous communities lower than published figures show - ABC News. Only one in seven students in the NT's remote Indigenous communities and homelands attended government schools on most days of the week in 2019, new data reveals. Key points: The NT Education Department's annual report showed attendance at government schools for Aboriginal children in the NT was 32 per cent in 2019A breakdown of the data shows in remote Indigenous communities the rate of attendance was 14 per centRemote residents say more local teachers in schools and support for families will help The figures were not included in the NT Education Department's most recent annual report, which revealed only 32 per cent of Aboriginal students enrolled at primary and secondary government schools — including in urban centres — were going to school at least four days a week last year.
But the report did not disclose the breakdown for "very remote" students. Fights, classroom violence and suspensions have dropped 'dramatically' at this primary school — here's how they did it - ABC News. Every morning was an exhausting struggle for Queensland mother Natalie Ellis to get her 12-year-old son to go to school, where he would regularly get suspended for fighting and violence. Key points: Closing Australia’s education divide will take a generation, landmark study finds - ABC News. One of the most comprehensive studies of Australia's education system has found postcodes and family backgrounds impact the opportunities available to students from pre-school to adulthood, with one in three disadvantaged students falling through the cracks.
Key points: The study tracked 300,000 kids from school entry to adulthoodStudents from disadvantaged backgrounds were less likely to progress into work or further studyThe Smith Family's Anne Hampshire believes the problem can be fixed within one generation Sergio Macklin, the deputy lead of education policy at Victoria University's Michell Institute, authored Educational Opportunity in Australia, which calls for immediate extra resources to help disadvantaged, Indigenous and remote students. "Educational success is strongly linked to the wealth of a young person's family and where they grow up," Mr Macklin said.
New research reveals the hidden danger of sweltering heat at Western Sydney schools. Updated about an hour agoSun 18 Oct 2020, 11:12pm A school is more than its classrooms — it's a place made for play and connection with the physical environment. Western Sydney saw temperatures top 50 degrees Celsius last summerResearch shows playgrounds are the hottest area at a school, posing a risk to studentsBut the lead researcher says more tree coverage could solve the issue But when the hottest spot in a school is its playground, the future looks increasingly like one spent inside. That's particularly the case if you're growing up in Western Sydney, where temperatures rose above 50 degrees Celsius last summer. New research from Western Sydney University has revealed common surfaces used in central schoolyards, such as unshaded asphalt and artificial grass, recorded surface temperatures of more than 60C during days of extreme heat last year.
With Australian families under mounting pressure, some schoolkids will struggle more than others - ABC News. Schoolkids, to put it mildly, have had a tough year. Most have spent at least part of 2020 learning from home. Some far more than others. Indeed, Victorian students in years 8-10 are still not back in the classroom. Some children have no doubt thrived in an environment of online catch-ups, uploading schoolwork and greater parental involvement. Others, sadly, have struggled without the same technology, workspace or parental supervision their peers have enjoyed. This is not another argument about the merits or otherwise of the Victorian lockdown, which has been painful but undeniably successful in crushing the second wave.
Humanities degrees set to double in price as Senate passes higher education bill - ABC News. The Senate has passed contentious laws that will dramatically increase the cost of some university degrees, while cutting the cost of others. Under the changes, the cost of a social sciences degree will more than double, while nursing, mathematics and teaching degrees will become cheaper. The laws also remove government support for students who fail too many courses. Coronavirus kept Victorian students out of class. This is what we know about long-term effects of school closures - ABC News. How one school program turned Zachary's life around - ABC News. Money and kids: Learning the basics at a (very) early age - ABC News. NSW Labor proposal could see domestic violence perpetrators jailed for up to ten years for coercive control - ABC News. Queensland schools with low student numbers get by on grants and enthusiasm - ABC News. Tutors in demand after homeschooling reveals gaps in kids' learning - ABC News.
Meet the school principal who has never expelled or suspended a student - ABC News. 'Slow death' of ATAR as school leavers head for jobs 'cliff' - ABC News. How to listen and learn from Indigenous children in order to help them - ABC News. Why I can't be angry with my teenager for swearing (artfully) - ABC News. In My Blood It Runs documentary addresses Indigenous youth detention and the ongoing removal of children - ABC News. A 'free' public school education can cost $1,300 a year — and it's getting harder for parents to say no.
Opinion By Saman Shad Updated about 4 hours agoTue 19 Mar 2019, 8:15pm The start of the year is an expensive time for most parents — there are new school shoes to buy, stationery list items to tick off, and uniforms to replace with the next size up. Coronavirus has killed relatively few Australians. What else is killing us, and how can we stop it? - ABC News. An arts degree has long been the butt of predictable joke but there's another side - ABC News. The dog fight over school funding that went all the way to the High Court - ABC News. When coronavirus forced me to home-school my daughter, learning through play was the answer we both needed. Opinion By Rachel Parker Posted yesterday at 9:00pmSun 26 Apr 2020, 9:00pm Like many children across Australia, my daughter greeted the prospect of schooling from home, or "Mummy School", as I called it, with tears which escalated into screaming. My teenager emerged from her bedroom, direct from her morning online class, yelling, "Shut up!
" Parents reflect on homeschooling as teachers voice fears about schools during coronavirus pandemic. Exclusive by education and parenting reporter Conor Duffy and the Specialist Reporting Team's Lucy Kent Updated about 2 hours agoSun 26 Apr 2020, 12:12am Only half of public school teachers believe Australia's current remote learning arrangements are sufficient and just a third have confidence in the online assessment model, according to preliminary findings of a survey of 10,000 teachers.
As a national debate about the resumption of normal schooling continues, the survey provides a rare insight into the deep anxieties felt by frontline teachers. "Nearly 80 per cent felt unsafe working on the school site," said Sydney University Associate Professor Rachel Wilson, who conducted the survey. "And quite a lot of them are reporting that they feel anxious about their own health. " As coronavirus forces more families into remote learning, this retired teacher wants to help. By Elly Duncan Updated 35 minutes agoSat 25 Apr 2020, 2:29am Linda Ireland says the idea — like many good ideas — came to her from personal experience.
Learning from home during coronavirus is a new challenge. So how are parents organising the school day? Migrant parents in Australia face challenges posed by home learning model amid coronavirus pandemic. Posted yesterday at 8:35amFri 17 Apr 2020, 8:35am Sydney mother Jing Hong almost broke down in tears trying to make sense of the remote learning curriculum, and the dozens of instructions given to her daughter for learning from home.
Parents finding it tough to teach kids at home during coronavirus pandemic. Posted about 4 hours agoWed 1 Apr 2020, 9:08pm Like many other parents around Australia, Sarah Praag is an accidental homeschooler. New WA school for dyslexia Havenport MSL College offers hope for children. Posted about 2 hours agoSat 28 Mar 2020, 11:22pm Jasmine, Cailum and Harrison have a bond few would understand. Out of the ashes, rises the phoenix: Westfield Park Primary School's stunning transformation. Posted about an hour agoSun 22 Mar 2020, 1:21am. Coronavirus is forcing school closures worldwide, but here's how a Beijing school got online in one week.
As volunteers become harder to attract, school fundraising fatigue is biting parents and teachers. Sexual harassment in the playground called out on Q+A during episode focussed on education. Are Australian students receiving the school education they deserve? Findlay has dyslexia. This is what she wants you to know about kids like her. Refugee children succeed at school with specialist tutoring from teachers who understand their trauma.
Tasmanian mother of children with autism faces continuing ban from school grounds. Homeschooling is on the rise and for children like Ayla Staer it has helped end a 'vicious cycle' In My Blood It Runs documentary exposes how education system is failing Aboriginal children. One-third of Tasmanian state schools face cuts amid new needs-based disability funding model. Bush kinder wants to teach kids the endangered art of climbing a tree. What can parents do to help their child's teacher? A 'recovering' teacher's term one wishlist. Kids advise kids on how to cope with the first day back at school. Hands-on children's exhibit explores the power of role-playing fire and rescue.
Surviving the start of high school: Dr Kaylene Henderson's top tips for students and parents. We love to criticise the United States, but guess what? Their public schools are better than ours. Grannies and Pops program helps kids and aged care residents form deep, educational bonds. ATARs measure privilege, not academic merit, and it starts in kindergarten. Margaret Hendry School's first year has been all about flipping the classroom on its head. At the core of this Bathurst school is love and the students say it is giving them a chance. The epic failure at the root of Australia's maths problem. The top ranking education systems in the world aren't there by accident. Here's how Australia can climb up. Sleep-deprived Australian teenagers struggling, study finds. Charles Darwin University props up loss-making private colleges interstate.
Victorian families brace for overhaul as public school options 'severely diminished' Ice Cream the award-winning hen providing therapy for special needs students. More than $500k in compensation paid to school students assaulted and bullied by teachers. Hugs replaced with high fives in sexual consent course for kids. Canberra-based charity Global School Partners empowering students in Kenya through education. Former Queensland treasurer denies Entsch's claim he pledged funds to boarding school forced to close. Entrepreneurs push for schools to provide better job-skills preparation. Our school funding system is unfair and holding Australia back. Here's how to fix it - RN.
University cheating crackdown could result in fines for helpful friends and family. Developmental delays in premature babies may last to school age, study shows. Reading wars rage again as Australian Government pushes to introduce phonics test. A gaming disorder 'took over Matthew's life' — but this course is helping him take back control. Mobile phones to be banned in Victoria state schools from 'first to last bell' Public schooling in Australia attracts $1 billion bill in fees for parents despite 'voluntary' status. Melbourne Theatre Company tour takes mainstage theatre to young people in regional Victoria and Tasmania. When schoolkids lock their mobile phones away in pouches for the day, amazing things happen.
Yakka Munga station blockaded by protesters in fight to protect Kimberley land. Indigenous students learn traditional languages, but one future leader says it'd be too hard to teach nationwide. Language education: Executives of tomorrow encouraged to learn second language at school today. Australia urged to commit to girls' education in the Solomons as report reveals high dropout rate. More music needed in classrooms after 20-year decline, educator Dr Anita Collins says.
NAPLAN computer glitches leave 40,000 WA school students unable to complete tests online. Catholic school model paid for by taxpayers includes motivational coaches, but no exams. Eaton rallies around teacher stood down for restraining 14-year-old boy amid schoolyard brawl. Universities ignoring own English standards to admit more high-paying international students.
'You can't just write ScoMo': Learning club making a difference for children and tutors. Bullied and harassed teachers a significant problem in Australian schools, report finds. A 'free' public school education can cost $1,300 a year — and it's getting harder for parents to say no. Alice Springs at-risk students to return to school after moving for planned Indigenous art gallery. Parents furious at NSW Government plan to slash enrolments based on buildings not students. No help for Territory schoolboy with complex disorders from NDIS or NT Education Department. 'Major bungle': Hundreds of NT education staff barred from working with kids. Top Year12 student Alec Walsh puts success down to organisation, relaxation and loving his school. Primary school students undergo 'platinum' tutoring to prepare for academic selection test.
Homeschooling growth in Western Australia continues as parents seek more flexibility. 10 Tips for Teachers with Students Who Have Experienced Trauma. High schools not prepared for coming 'tsunami' of children with autism: support group.