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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Maths PD for primary and intermediate teachers in New Zealand

In a move to enhance the quality of mathematics teaching, 600 primary and intermediate teachers in New Zealand will have the opportunity to study tertiary mathematics from next year. Selected teachers will have the cost of their study funded, half by the Ministry of Education and half by their school. The funding may later be extended to other subject areas such as English, Science, Social Studies and Technology. Further details are available from the Ministry of Education. See article in the New Zealand Education Gazette, 6 November 2006 and media release from Education Minister Steve Maharey, 26 October 2006. 

New grants for innovative projects in science, technology and maths teaching

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, has announced a new third round of the $33.7 million Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) project to help invigorate science, technology and mathematics classes in Australian schools. Funding grants of between $20,000 and $80,000 will go to 586 different schools and around 324 partner organisations. These projects follow on from the 202 diverse and innovative projects announced in the previous two rounds of the ASISTM project. A list of successful round three projects and further information about ASISTM is available on its website. See Ministerial media statement, 8 November 2006.

Julie Bishop urges schools to teach civility and manners

Australian Government Education Minister Julie Bishop has said that schools 'have a duty, or should have a duty, to champion a sense of civility, good manners, tolerance and respect in their students’. See the transcript of her speech delivered as the 2006 Robert Menzies lecture, 3 November 2006, and report in The Australian, 7 November 2006.

New guidelines in Queensland help teachers deal with allergic reactions of students

The Queensland Government has introduced new guidelines to assist schools in managing students with anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. The Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Queensland Schools provide specific information for school staff on how to care for students diagnosed by a medical practitioner as being anaphylactic. See media statement by the Education Minister, Rod Welford, 3 November 2006.

Changes to complaints process in Western Australia's Department of Education and Training

Western Australia's Education and Training Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich has announced the appointment of Justice Neville Owen to oversee major changes to her department’s Complaints Management Unit. The Government is moving to adopt the six key recommendations of the Corruption and Crime Commission report into the handling of sexual misconduct complaints in the school system. See Ministerial media statement, 8 November 2006.

Teachers pay scale flatter in Australia than OECD average, report finds

An OECD education report shows the top level of the teachers' pay scale in Australia is only 50 per cent higher than the starting pay, and that teachers hit the top rate after nine years in the classroom – well below the OECD average. See article in The Australian, 23 October 2006.