The following letter was submitted for inclusion in The Australian on 30 April 2015 but it was not selected for publication.
Christopher's Pyne's pillars of schooling
I wonder does Education Minister Christopher Pyne realize that there is a logical contradiction between two of the federal government's policy pillars relating to the nation's schools ("Four pillars for education", 29/4).
The first pillar calls for a "robust" curriculum. What Pyne doesn't say in his piece in yesterday's edition is that it is not envisaged that schools will have any autonomy about what curriculum they teach.
At the same time, he claims that greater autonomy in governance and administration will improve educational outcomes. What a flexible thing school autonomy apparently is.
Pyne suggests that his push for greater school autonomy is supported by research. Fair minded people familiar with the research literature would see this as an overstatement bordering on a fib.
Early Career Conference 2022: Writing our future?
Writing our future? - a conference presented by and for early career teachers on Saturday 22 October at Wynnum SHS (tbc)
External Examination Preparation
Registration Scroll down to register - but please do read this information Schools should register each teacher who will be using the materials. Acting on feedback from last year, we will be making the materials available earlier this year. We will be running the External Examination Preparation as one package with more fl...
Writing our future in Essential English 2022
Writing our future in Essential English - a community of practice especially for teachers of Essential English on Saturday 5 November.
Indigenous Perspectives in the Junior Curriculum
After a work program review Town High explored ways to better embed indigenous perspectives in the year 7 program through a novella study of Black Cockatoo. The unit became our first taste of analytical essay writing in year 7, in preparation for subsequent years. We found greater engagement from students across the board. ...
This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.
ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.
I know that ETAQ conferences in the past have never disappointed - valuable, relevant, practical, inspiring so I came again.Read All