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Year 7 Could Be Merged Into High School

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in | 0 comments

Should Liberals win the State Election in March, year 7 could be merged into high school. This is a move that they say will help students access specialised teaching earlier to deliver better results. Steven Marshall, the opposition leader, said that the transition would most likely happen as early as 2016. This would be done after conducting an audit of all the state schools to find out if they have the capacity to take on new extra students. How it will happen The restructure will be phased in for about 8 years. Additional funding from the government would be provided so that schools can build more space as well as get more teachers. Opposition also say that the move will also aim at producing smaller year 7 class sizes. Western Australia and Queensland have already decided to adapt this method in 2011 and the changes will be implemented from 2015. State Government has however ruled out the move, which sets up a substantial point when it comes to the differences over education between the two major parties before the state goes for election on March 15th. Why do Liberals support this move? This is the second major education policy that More Info »

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The Top 5 Tablet Devices For Kids

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in | 0 comments

If you have children, you know how quickly they grasp touch screen technology. It’s not surprising that more and more parents are looking at tablets to either educate or simply entertain their children. But which tablet device is best for your child? It’s a combination of price, features, safety, and usability that will win the “tablet for kids” choice award. Here is what PC Advisor had to say about tablets for kids: (These prices are in pounds but these products are available in Australia too) So there it is, the number #1 tablet device for kids. Kindle Fire HD

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Do Parents Even Care About Their Child’s School?

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in | 0 comments

Today we’re asking the tough questions… Do you really care about your child’s school? Do you care what choices or decisions they make? Are you an active member of the school community Do you go to school functions or events? What would make you get involved more? Add your comments below…  

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Classroom Noise Has Been Identified as a Contributor to Australian Students’ Poor Performance

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in | 0 comments

Australian education experts and observers have noticed decreasing levels of literacy and numeracy amongst students. Australian students attribute this to the high levels of noise and disruption in their classrooms, the rates of which are worse than those recorded in Britain or the United States. What Is The Problem? An international study carried out on Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries found a downward trend in Australian education. The study involved the assessment of 15 year-olds on maths, science and reading and found that a fifth of students failed to meet the set international standard proficiency level in maths while 14 per cent could not meet the minimum standard set for reading. Last year’s Program for International Student Assessment demonstrated high levels of disruption and truancy in high schools in Australia, with 43 per cent of students confirming disorder and noise in their classrooms. This figure was higher than the OECD average (32 per cent). It was also noted to be higher than that of Britain (32 per cent), United States (30 per cent) and Shanghai, China (16 per cent). Disruptive Classroom Behaviours Australian students are concerned about several classroom behaviours they reported caused disruption in their learning More Info »

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Talking To Your Toddler Will Help Him Develop Faster

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in | 0 comments

According to a research from Stanford, at the age of two, a child raised in a poor household is already six months behind another child from a wealthy household in terms of language development. Children in wealthier homes learned 30 percent more words between 18 and 24 months of age. Research shows that this age is crucial for development. The children who heard more words were able to perceive and identify things faster. They were also better prepared when they entered school. Many theories try to explain this difference: poor nutrition, lead poisoning, stress hormones, and so on. But a simpler theory is now more accepted by experts: poor children simply don’t hear as many words during these critical early years. Some studies suggest that differences in amounts of talking at home account for all of the variance in later IQ scores, and entirely negate any contribution from income. In poor or working class families, parents tend to spend more time trying to make ends meet than talking to their children. As a result, their children hear fewer words than children from wealthy families, where parents have ample time to talk to their children. Whilst income indirectly affects the language development More Info »

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