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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Active After-school Communities


Primary students' levels of physical activity have declined due to the spread of sedentary, screen-based entertainment, growing sensitivity to risks of unsupervised outdoor play, changed parental work patterns and, within schools, the pressures of a crowded curriculum. The Australian Sports Commission has developed a national program that addresses many of these needs and concerns. Active After-school Communities provides primary school children with access to quality, fun, safe and inclusive sport and other structured physical activities between 3:00 and 5:30 pm. The free program is offered to all Australian primary schools and currently involves up to 150,000 children each term.

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Co-opting the market

Debra Hayes

Aligning education more closely with labour market needs can counteract the disadvantages faced by low-SES students, if backed by innovative teaching methods – Curriculum Perspectives.

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The socioeconomics of US charter schools

Kim Bancroft

A study of three charter schools in California investigates how they deal with the impact of socioeconomic status – Education and Urban Society.

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Senior management teams in schools

Neil Cranston, Lisa Ehrich

Surveys in Queensland and New Zealand have identified issues faced by senior management teams in secondary schools – Leading and Managing.

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Curriculum literacies and explicitness

Christine Ludwig

Backwards-design approaches ensure that all students are taught the necessary skills to succeed in assessment tasks – Primary and Middle Years Educator.

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