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The new teacher assumes full pedagogical and legal responsibility as soon as they enter the school. No other profession has such high expectations of its newest members. Tynjala & Heikkinen

It has been some time, but we are trying to get back into the rhythm of update, addition and checking. It is a slow but hopefully steady progress, though a short break over the Christmas/New Year period will not go astray.

We will continue trying to update information and adding new material where this is possible. However, there will continue to be disruption to this due to noted factors. We endeavour to maintain the process as best we can, but as we indicate in our auto-reply to emails received, there will undoubtedly be some delays as the process continues on its course. We hope you can bear with us and, at the same time, find only a minimum of disruption and delay.

In addition, we have been looking at the data which forms our annual check of the site. As a result, there will be a number of changes when we have completed this, some already having been decided. One of the brutal facts of life is that you should not continue to provide material when there is clear evidence that no-one wants to use it [they do not even visit the relevant page in several cases]. Data has provided the basis on which a number of decisions have been made. Changes will also reflect the availability of material from an ever growing range of sources in a number of areas. Meanwhile, for those interested, the Calendar, Conferences and Competitions pages will all be updated on the first day of the new year. The Competitions page has all the dates [both actual and indicative] we have so far been able to find. All other changes will become evident early in the new year. What we consider core material has remained where possible.

We thank you for your continued support throughout the year, both by your usage of the site, your suggestions and queries. We wish you an enjoyable and restful break over the festive season and wish you well for the coming year.

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There are recently produced items that warrant at least a brief mention. See what you think about each and whether you agree or not. Follow each link that piques your particular interests.

Quality is Key in Early Childhood Education in Australia
Mitchell Institute. This ‘looks at how Australia is tracking for process quality. This is the area that grows children’s early literacy, language development, reasoning and problem solving skills. This paper finds that disadvantaged children are more likely to miss out on high quality ECEC. It also finds that quality varies more for younger children’.

Man enough to study Physics ? What do New South Wales Physics students say ?
‘The results of my study support the argument that senior secondary physics students may prefer the content and quantitative analytical rigour proposed in the new curriculum and the removal of certain sections in the current curriculum. This endorses the changes prescribed in new Stage 6 Physics syllabus. However, the popular misconception that ‘dumbing-it-down-for-females’ might increase its attractiveness was not supported’.

Preparing young people for the future of work
Mitchell Institute. ‘The future of work is changing but Australia’s education system is not preparing students for twenty-first century success. Young Australians are studying for longer than ever before but are disengaged and struggling to find permanent jobs. Young people entering technology-rich, global, while competitive job markets need different skill sets to what our education system has traditionally value’.

Future Proof : Protecting Australians Through Education and Skills
‘The Business Council launched this discussion paper which outlines a new tertiary model that would enable workers to more easily retrain and reskill over their lives’.

Counting the costs of lost opportunity in Australian education
‘There are huge costs associated with lost opportunity in Australia. This report finds one in eight Australians will never attain a Year 12 qualification, and some of these people make up the one in eight Australians who will be disengaged from the workforce for most of their lives’.

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