Withholding constructive criticism does not help children’s confidence; it harms their future. Carol Dweck
Interesting times, with one major election held and another to happen shortly. Plenty of statements about education from all parties in both elections, so it will be interesting to see what eventuates and whether the general population feels satisfied with what eventually occurs as a result of these events. While these have been a primary focus during this period, some very interesting, unrelated reports have been produced. Some are highly publicised and therefore well known, but others arrive totally unheralded but could well prove equally valuable. There is considerable diversity in topics covered. As usual, we have included some below while there are more ready for inclusion in the near future. Meanwhile, you may be interested in some of, if not all, the following items.
- You may recall, when we uploaded the first stage of the site update, we indicated we would provide re-directs for moved, and removed, pages and these would remain for two months hopefully to be of assistance. That period of time has now been completed and we will commence removing these over the next few weeks. We hope they have proven useful, but are confident regular visitors will no longer require such assistance.
- The Vocational Education sector and those in it often do not get deserved recognition. However, ‘The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training [VET] sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia’. While open for some time, these are now approaching their latter period for nominations. Nominations close 31 May 2019. A lot of information can be found on the Australian Training Awards site and the Minister’s media page, while direct nominations can be done through this page. Other pages allow system nominations to be made.
- While there is a national award program, most states and territories also have award schemes. Two examples of these are the Tasmanian Training Awards and the WA Training Awards. If you are considering an application, be sure to check dates, as these often vary from those for the national awards.
- Free resources, irrespective of education sector, can be a welcome thing. Especially so when the background suggests they are not only free but also of good quality. Kids Alive Do the Five is well known when it comes to water safety education. Now the group has developed a ‘professional development online training program’ for Early Learning Educators. ‘It takes 30 minutes to complete. It has been developed by Early Childhood Teachers and the lesson plans link back to the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality standards. They are designed to deliver water safety within the classroom setting not actual swimming lessons’. Find more about the resource using this link, while you can use the free sign in link to access the resource. Certainly looks a worthwhile resource and one worth considering.
- When you get to March, you begin to think about the end of Term 1 in schools, Easter, the holidays, ANZAC Day and maybe even the upcoming NAPLAN testing [perhaps not], but probably not Applications for university study in 2020. Surprisingly enough, the University Admissions Centre [NSW/ACT] is indicating these will open on 3 April. ‘Students will be able to apply for undergraduate and international as well as Schools Recommendation Schemes, Educational Access Schemes and Equity Scholarships’. A quick scan of other bodies does not show the same information, but if you want to be an early starter you may wish to consider checking with the body through which you have to apply, to see if a similar opportunity exists.
International Undergrads vulnerable to dodgy agents
[The Australian, Higher Education, 24/4]
A whole new world : how WWI brought new skills and professions back to Australia
[The Conversation, 24/4]
Fewer students identifying a religion in NSW schools fuels push to scrap scripture
[SMH, Education, 23/4]
Teacher Unions Benefit Schools and Students
[Save Our Schools, Australia, 23/4]
Aus. : international student legal advice app launched
[The Pie News, 22/4]
‘A dream come true’ : The surge in Australians heading to overseas unis
[Brisbane Times, 22/4]
Call for foreign student clamp to ease ‘burden’
[The Australian, 22/4]
Practical magic of TAFE can trump university for career prospects
[SMH, Education, 21/4]
Vote 2019 : Where the major parties stand on education
[SBS News, 19/4]
Why Peter Ridd won his case against James Cook U
[Campus Morning Mail, 18/4]
How South Australia aims to become the education state
[The Educator Australia, 18/4]
Bonuses Increase Retention of High-Quality Teacher and Student Achievement in Disadvantaged Schools
[Save Our Schools, Australia, 17/4]