The MindMatters conference will be held 23–24 August 2007 at Hilton on the Park, Melbourne. Two-day registration is available for $390, or one-day for $200. Register online or contact (08) 82459812.
An article in The Age reports that several parents are taking action against the Victorian Government in the Federal Court and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, claiming that their disabled children are being neglected in school. The article also refers to investment in the Victorian Government's Program for Students with Disabilities, and other support services.
The Social Development Committee of the South Australian Parliament has called for physical education to be made a compulsory part of the State's new Year 11 and 12 curriculum. See report in The Advertiser 24 July 2007.
Families in some sections of Melbourne's affluent eastern suburbs are returning from Independent schools to the public system, but the overall trend towards the Independent sector continues, according to an analysis of the latest census data for The Age (see article 23 July 2007 and further article 24 July 2007). A related article 23 July 2007 reports on a drift from Catholic to Independent schools. See also commentary by Richard Teese in The Age 24 July 2007.
The Victorian Department of Education is inviting public comment on the establishment of two new selective entry academic schools. These submissions will be taken into consideration in finalising policy concerning the development and operation of selective entry academic schools in Victoria. The consultation is focused only on the operational issues involved in the establishment of two new selective entry academic schools in Victoria. The consultation does not involve discussion about the need for, and place of, selective entry schools.
An article in the New Zealand Education Gazette, 23 July 2007, reports that the draft Te Reo Māori in the New Zealand Curriculum document has been released, outlining curriculum guidelines for teaching and learning Maori language within English-medium primary and secondary schools. An online collection of lesson plans and teacher resources to support the curriculum are also planned. Final guidelines are expected to be in place in schools by mid-2008.
New Zealand's Ministry of Education is piloting the use of 24 senior subject advisors to support teachers in regions and subjects where needs have not been met previously. The pilot will be reviewed at the end of 2007. See article from the New Zealand Education Gazette, 23 July 2007.
State and Territory governments will participate in the national testing for literacy and numeracy in 2008. For the first time the national literacy and numeracy assessments will cover Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. See announcement from Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, statement by New South Wales Minister for Education and Training, John Della Bosca, and statement by Tasmanian Minister for Education, David Bartlett, all 24 July 2007. See also report in The Australian 24 July 2007 and article in The Age 25 July 2007.
Early childhood academics and children's authors June Factor and Gwenda Davey will discuss the role of play in child wellbeing and development at the Melbourne Forum, 16 August 2007. Attendance is free of charge. Bookings are required. The forum is one of the Kids in the City series, to be held by the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria throughout August and September.