The NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, has announced that 'student learning and teacher quality are the focus of the NSW Government's new salary agreement with more than 62,000 teachers at 2,230 public schools'. The new agreement 'aligns teachers' salaries with teacher professional standards, establishes a new performance and development framework, and acknowledges school complexity when paying principals'. See also statement 3 December 2013 from the NSW Teachers Federation.
The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper inviting parents to comment on childcare and early childhood learning, in preparation for a public inquiry on the issue.
An article in The Age 6 December 2013 raises concerns at the capacity of Melbourne schools to cope with the anticipated rise in student numbers over coming years.
Publisher's Weekly has announced its selection of best books for 2013.
Following the lastest PISA results (see New Publications section) an article on The Conversation website 6 December 2013 challenges the stereotypes 'that Asian education is either doing everything right or everything wrong'.
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