Qld independent school student growth slows

The Courier Mail has reported that independent schools in Queensland have posted their slowest student growth rate in more than a decade. Citing preliminary February census data, the paper reported that state schools had reported a 1.8% lift in enrolments for 2014, while independent schools saw their enrolments grow 1.4%. This was the lowest growth […]

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Suspension exacerbates problem behaviour: Research

Non-violent misbehaving students should be referred to a psychologist rather than be suspended, according to research undertaken at the Australian Catholic University. The Herald Sun has reported that a PhD student from the university, Daniel Quin, found suspension could exacerbate problem behaviour, from his study of 304 high school students. “We should instead be trying to […]

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US hate group targets WA school

A Western Australian high school has come under attack from the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church group in the US for staging a play about the murder of a gay student. WA Today reported the group has made several offensive Tweets about the school’s staging of the play, The Laramie Project. In a statement posted on the WA […]

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WA records lowest student-teacher ratios

Western Australia reported the lowest high school student to teacher ratio for any state in 2013, followed by Victoria, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week. The ABS reported that the secondary student to teacher ratio in WA was 11.5 (for both state and non-government high schools), while the national […]

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NSW announces dress code for teachers

The NSW Government has released its first-ever “explicit” dress code for state school teachers as part of its plan to boost the “status” of teaching. “The Dress Code is the latest element of our plans to improve the status of the profession — something we know teachers care passionately about,” the NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli […]

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