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NSW schools struggle to find teachers as supply collapses
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NSW schools struggle to find teachers as supply collapses

The shortage is biting statewide as some schools battle to fill more than 10 vacancies each. At the same time, enrolment numbers for education degrees have fallen by a third - with half of trainees failing to finish their degree.

  • by Jordan Baker

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New online syllabus to save teachers hours of ‘opening multiple web pages’
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New online syllabus to save teachers hours of ‘opening multiple web pages’

The NSW government will commit $196 million in next week’s state budget to develop a new school syllabus, and that will include money for an online system that will allow teachers - as well as parents and students - to find what they need in seconds.

  • by Jordan Baker
NSW schools going backwards on HSC achievement, graduates’  careers
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NSW schools going backwards on HSC achievement, graduates’ careers

The NSW Education Department set improvement goals for 2022 in areas such as HSC performance and year 12 completion, but if the present trajectory continues, few are likely to be achieved.

  • by Jordan Baker
‘Confused and confusing’: Maths experts say curriculum is faddish and shallow

‘Confused and confusing’: Maths experts say curriculum is faddish and shallow

Dozens of mathematicians and maths teachers have written to the national curriculum authority, concerned that changes to the maths curriculum will mean “students end up knowing less”.

  • by Jordan Baker and Sarah McPhee
Schools brace for more remote learning, call for staff vaccinations

Schools brace for more remote learning, call for staff vaccinations

The Grattan Institute says reopening schools should be a key priority for the Victorian government, as schools prepare for remote learning to continue into a second week.

  • by Madeleine Heffernan and Adam Carey
Writing is a critical life skill and it’s time to focus on it
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Writing is a critical life skill and it’s time to focus on it

Too many NSW students are leaving school without the ability to express themselves in writing, even though they are entering a world that increasingly requires it of them.

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Year 9 NAPLAN writing results the best predictor of HSC success: study
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Year 9 NAPLAN writing results the best predictor of HSC success: study

The government’s internal analysis found writing, spelling and grammar skills “more than compensate” for under-performance in numeracy.

  • by Jordan Baker
Students must learn about Western heritage to defend democracy: Tudge

Students must learn about Western heritage to defend democracy: Tudge

Education Minister Alan Tudge declared the school funding wars over and said it was time to talk about teaching and standards.

  • by Jordan Baker
Teacher sex ban: It’s more moral panic than sensible policy

Teacher sex ban: It’s more moral panic than sensible policy

Letting the boss into our bedrooms might be justified when national security is at stake – in other cases we should be wary of ceding ground.

  • by Julie Szego
Teaching no longer a secure job, with one-fifth of the workforce temporary

Teaching no longer a secure job, with one-fifth of the workforce temporary

Job security used to offset low pay for teachers, but one in five jobs is now temporary, a new study has found.

  • by Jordan Baker
Why the Algebra Club is the most popular activity at Fairvale High School

Why the Algebra Club is the most popular activity at Fairvale High School

It’s entirely voluntary and involves an age group that can be difficult to get out of bed, let alone to an extra maths class. Yet around 50 students attend each session, thanks to a school-wide culture of constantly striving for improvement.

  • by Jordan Baker