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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Preparing secondary students for work

Education Council

Schools have always prepared students for work, but now they need to prepare students to meet higher demands in the workplace. Schools must also cater for students who would once have left school early to go to an apprenticeship or a job. Partly as a result, more than 90 per cent of schools now offer VET in Years 11 and 12. There has been a 38 per cent increase in the number of secondary students undertaking VET between 2005 to 2012, and a 77 per cent increase in the number of school-based apprentices over this period. Preparing Secondary Students for Work examines a range of issues surrounding vocational learning and VET in secondary schools. These include collaboration between schools, registered training organisations and employers; collaboration with parents, including explanations to parents as to how VET in the school context can equip their children to find sustainable employment; and collaboration between stakeholders at the state/territory and national levels.

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The literacy skills of secondary teaching undergraduates

Brian Moon

The results of a recent study raise queries about the literacy levels of secondary teacher education students – Australian Journal of Teacher Education.

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Notes on teaching Chinese to foreign learners

MAK Halliday

A range of factors may influence students' ability to learn Chinese – Journal of World Languages.

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The future of the teaching profession: a new scenario set

David Istance, Anthony Mackay

The authors advance set of ‘big picture options’ for school education, which include radical changes to the roles of schools and teachers – CSE Occasional Paper.

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Assessment renaissance

Peter Hill, Michael Barber

Education assessment is on the verge of major changes, driven by developments in ICT and educational theory and practice – CSE Seminar Series.

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