The Australian Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, has addressed the House of Representatives on the achievements of the Australian Government in schooling and international education. Topics covered in his speech include school funding, Students First initiatives, teacher quality, school autonomy, parental engagement, NAPLAN, the Australian Curriculum, and cross-border education.
James Merlino has been appointed as Minister for Education in the incoming Victorian Government. See report on ABC News 4 December 2014.
The new Amaze Classroom website offers information and practical suggestions for classroom teachers who are educating students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. See description. The resource has been funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).
Employment agencies in Britain are seeking to attract Australian teachers to help address staff shortages in schools. See article in the Canberra Times 7 December 2014.
A new report from England's National Literacy Trust outlines findings from a survey of early years literacy, conducted in May to July 2014. The survey involved 1012 parents of children aged 3 to 5, and 567 early years practitioners.
The Northern Territory Children's Commissioner, Howard Bath, has called for the involvement of local Indigenous people in addressing low school attendance in remote areas. See report on ABC's AM program 27 November 2014.
Over 100,000 people have signed a petition protesting Time Magazine's coverage of US public school teachers. See article in the Huffington Post 30 October 2014.
Students in Finland are to be taught typing instead of handwriting. See article in the Helsinki Times 20 November 2014.
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