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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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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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