Principals Australia has published key findings from a nationwide survey of 1600 school leaders. The results show strong support for the L5 leadership framework, MindMatters, KidsMatter Primary and the Dare to Lead programs. See summary statement on the Principals Australia home page. See also article in the West Australian and article in the Adelaide Advertiser both 16 September 2011.
The 2011 NAPLAN Summary Report has been released. The report shows preliminary results at each year level and domain by state and territory, and nationally. See MCEEDYA statement and statement by Australian Minister for Education, Peter Garrett, both 9 September 2011. See also article 9 September and related article 10 September in The Australian, and report 9 September 2011 on ABC News.
ACARA Update 13 September 2011 includes reports on the shape of the whole Australian Curriculum, implementing the Australian Curriculum, and the shape papers for the Arts and for Languages. See also article in The Age 12 September 2011, which reports on 150 schools that have been 'road testing' parts of the new Australian Curriculum.
Dr Michele Bruniges has been appointed Director-General of the NSW Department of Education and Communities. See article in the Daily Telegraph 11 September 2011, describing some of her views on issues facing school education in the state.
Children with autism are receiving more help at school through the Australian Government's Positive Partnerships initiative, which has seen 2250 teachers given additional training in providing classroom support. Australian School Education Minister, Peter Garrett, said the $40.5 million initiative has reached its target of training 2200 teachers more than a year ahead of schedule. See Minister's statement 15 September 2011.
The Australian Government is on track to complete the rollout of the computers in schools scheme, with 75 per cent of the total number installed at the end of June. See statement 14 September 2011 from Australian Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett.
The Queensland Government has named five more schools that will trial the transition of year 7 students into high school. See statement 13 September 2011 from Queensland Minister for Education, Cameron Dick.
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