More Funding for Before and After School Care

August 2013     Parents will be given help with the daily school drop-off and pick-up rush hours through a new initiative to expand outside school hours care and deliver greater flexibility and quality in these programs. more »

Catholic Schools to Benefit from Better Schools Plan

July 2013     Catholic systemic schools across Australia will benefit from extra funding and more resources after the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and the Australian Government reached an historic agreement on the Better Schools Plan. more »

Independent Schools Council Welcomes Agreement on Better Schools

July 2013     The Independent SchoolsCouncil of Australia (ISCA) welcomes agreement reached today with the Australian Government that will see additional funding flow to independent schools over the next six years. ISCA acknowledges the open and consultative approach from Prime Minister the Hon Kevin Rudd and Minister for Education the Hon Bill Shorten and their continuing commitment to the independent schools sector. more »

Australian Education Bill Passes the Parliament

June 2013     School improvement reforms and extra funding for Australian schools are now enshrined in law following the passage of the Australian Education Bill through the Senate. The new National Plan for School Improvement applies to all government schools in participating states, and non-government schools in all states. more »

Facebook and Computer Games Not as Important to Teens as We Think

June 2013     Forget the stereotype: typical Australian teenagers are more likely to be found helping around the house after school than using Facebook or playing computer games, University of Canberra researchers have found. more »

Food a Tasty Addition to the Australian Curriculum

June 2013    A new $1.5 million Government school program aims to correct students’ misconceptions about food including things like ‘yoghurt comes from trees’. more »

NAPLAN Tests to Include Science From 2016

May 2013     Under the National Plan for School Improvement (NPSI), NAPLAN will be extended to include science literacy from 2016, Minister for Schol Education, Peter Garrett has said. more »

National Approach to School Funding Announced

April 2013     The Federal Government has today set out its plan for proper resourcing of all our classrooms, teachers and schools for generations to come, to take Australian schools into the top five in the world.  The National Plan for School Improvement will establish a new, fairer school funding approach, based on the needs of individual students and linked to reforms that will improve school performance. more »

Schools Do Matter: Impact on University Entrance

April 2013 Schools matter when it comes to students’ tertiary entrance rankings and university enrolment, according to a new report, The impact of schools on young people’s transition to university. more »

Family Dinners Nourish Mental Health in Adolescents

March 2013      Regular family suppers contribute to good mental health in adolescents, according to a study co-authored by McGill professor Frank Elgar, Institute for Health and Social Policy. Family meal times are a measurable signature of social exchanges in the home that benefit adolescents’ well-being – regardless of whether or not they feel they can easily talk to their parents. more »

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