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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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The next edition of Curriculum Leadership is scheduled to appear 19 April 2013, following term breaks in some jurisdictions.

The Safe Schools Hub: a new resource to promote student safety and wellbeing in schools


The National Safe Schools Framework aims to ensure that all Australian schools are safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing. The Framework is now supported by a new service, the Safe Schools Hub: a one-stop shop for information and resources to assist teachers and school leaders, students, parents, specialist professionals supporting students, and preservice teachers. One of the central elements in establishing safety and wellbeing in schools is the issue of bullying. This article reviews some key issues surrounding bullying in schools, summarised from selected sections of the Resource Manual of the National Safe Schools Framework. The article then describes how the Safe Schools Hub can help educators address these issues.

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Commercial phonics programmes in prior-to-school children's services

Stacey Campbell, Jane Torr, Kathy Cologon

Researchers have surveyed staff at early childhood centres in Sydney to investigate the adoption and use of commercial phonics programs in preschool settings – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.

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The role of environmental print in emergent literacy

Michelle Neumann, et al.

The logos and signs that surround young children can play a part in their acquisition of literacy – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.

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Differences between overachieving and underachieving classes in reading

Ulla Damber, Stefan Samuelsson, Karin Taube

A Swedish study has examined factors influencing the literacy acquisition of grade 3 students, at the classroom level, controlling for both SES and home language of students – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.

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How flexible is the national curriculum?

Mark Gould

The author describes how he has adapted Australian Curriculum: Science to meet the needs of diverse students over years 8 to 10 – Primary & Middle Years Educator.

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