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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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French overtakes Asian languages in NSW HSC

In the New South Wales Higher School Certificate this year, French has overtaken Chinese and Japanese to become the most widely studied language other than English. See article in the Sydney Morning Herald, 19 October 2006.

New science curriculum in Britain

The science curriculum in England and Wales has been revised for students taking the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), which covers students in Years 10 and 11. The new curriculum integrates the teaching of chemistry, physics and biology, and addresses current issues such as global warming. It has been challenged by some scientists as lacking depth. See article in the Education Guardian, 11 October 2006.

Public–private partnerships

A report in Futureminds, 19 October 2006, reviews current debates in Australia and Britain regarding the value of public–private partnerships for funding the construction and maintenance of school buildings.

New centres for regional education in Queensland

The Queensland Government is to establish nine Rural and Remote Centres of Excellence as part of a new blueprint to strengthen educational opportunities in regional areas of the State. Minister for Education and Training, Rod Welford, has said the centres are part of a three-year plan to improve support for students and teachers in rural and remote communities. This new strategy, The Rural and Remote Education Framework for Action 2006–2008, builds on work already done and responds to the social, technological and economic issues that impact on educational opportunities in regional Queensland. See Ministerial media statement 'New centres to support regional education', 18 October 2006.

National curriculum debate

The ABC's Radio National program has hosted a debate among education experts on the merits of moves towards a national curriculum. The participants are Professor Alan Reid, School of Education, University of South Australia; Professor Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research; John Roskam, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs; and Darcel Russell, National Deputy Secretary of the Australian Education Union. The Radio National website provides access to audio recordings of the discussions, held on 9 October and 13 October 2006.

Safety fears a barrier to walking

A survey of the opinions of 150 international walking experts has found that significantly fewer women and children walk in Australia than other countries, owing to concerns about traffic and personal safety. An Australian expert has warned that driving children to school every day can diminish a feeling of community and thus further reinforce fears for children's safety. See article in The Age, 24 October 2006.

School community development funding in Queensland

Each of Queensland's 1,276 state schools are to receive grants for local projects through the State's $50 million School Community Development Fund. Project proposals from schools are due by Friday, 3 November. See Ministerial media statement '$50 million for school local projects' by Education Minister Rod Welford, 11 October 2006.