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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Underpinning prosperity: our agenda in education, science and training

Brendan Nelson
The key priority in schools is to raise the quality, professionalism and status of our teachers. Teaching quality accounts for up to 60% of the variation in learning outcomes. Despite this, there are structural problems with enhancing teaching quality. Teachers are poorly organised professionally, there are doubts over the quality and adequacy of university education faculties, and teacher salary structures are outdated and lacking in flexibility. Any profession must have the ability to train, recognise and reward its best and brightest performers. The Australian Government is determined to tackle these challenges. (Curriculum Leadership publishes an extract from a recent speech by Dr Brendan Nelson, the Australian Government Minister for Education, Science and Training.) View Article...

Using a curriculum package and professional learning in secondary science teaching

Kevin Watson, Peter Aubusson
Teachers' existing views have a strong impact on the effectiveness of a curriculum and professional learning package for secondary science – Pacific Asian Education. View Abstract...

Girls, boys, and maths in England

Jeanne Whalen, Sharon Begley
After a long period of reforms to teaching, curriculum and assessment in England, girls are now performing as well as boys in maths, challenging the direct influence of genes on behaviour – Wall Street Journal Online. View Abstract...

Who’s in our classrooms

Greg Butler
This article considers the digital divide between educators and their students, and exhorts the former to harness the potential of the new technology in their teaching practices – Teacher.View Abstract...

Coming out of the dark: children of parents with a mental illness

Jen Reid
This article sheds light on the experiences of children who have parents suffering a mental illness, and alerts teachers and other child service providers to ways of identifying and assisting these young people – Every Child. View Abstract...