Australian schools are falling behind in innovation

If you are interested in how Australian schools are tracking against their international equivalents, the latest report into the state of Australia’s school education system from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides some worrying insights.  The Report shows that Australian schools are falling behind in innovation when compared to schools overseas.  The […]

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July 24: School Governance weekly news wrap

Australia Directors of collapsed Mowbray College pursued in court action.  35 directors of Mowbray College, which collapsed in 2012, are being pursued by the liquidators of the school. According to the Sun Herald, families who paid fees are still awaiting money owed to them. The liquidators have initiated a court action claiming that some directors […]

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Polar bear tragedy: protecting against ‘remote possibilities’

Facts This week’s commencement of a coronial inquest into the tragic death of 17 year old English school student Horatio Chapple while on camp has drawn attention to the serious risks that students and their teachers face while undertaking extra-curricular activities. At 7.30am on 5 August 2011 a polar bear attacked a group of thirteen […]

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US students win right to wear ‘I ♥ Boobies’ bracelets

The US Supreme Court has denied a school district’s appeal of a lower court ruling that students had the right to  wear “I ♥ Boobies” breast-cancer-awareness bracelets, according to Reuters. The two students sued the school district, under the First Amendment, which barred them from wearing the bracelets after they reported some boys reacting immaturely to the […]

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US school asks for parents help in suicide prevention

A high school district in the US state of Pennsylvania has written to parents asking for their “assistance in preventing tragedy” after disclosing that six students had recently attempted or contemplated suicide, according to news reports. “We hope to share with you information regarding this problem as we ask for your assistance in preventing tragedy […]

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Autistic students being left out: UK study

Around four in 10 autistic children in the UK are being illegally excluded from school activities such as excursions and lessons, according to a report by the charity Ambitious About Autism. The report, which was based on a survey of 500 families, 1000 school staff and numerous Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, also found that […]

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