If we create a culture where every teacher believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

— Dylan Wiliam

Welcome. This section will be used to bring to your attention new schemes, plans and other information you may not necessarily have come into contact with. As someone once said - “Just the facts”. Use the information if items are of specific interest to you or you simply want to know more about some of the things currently happening within Australian education.

With the recent completion of National Skills Week [29 August], it is perhaps appropriate to think about what skills are seen as the most important at this time. The National Skills Commission is the body charged with renewing and maintaining the Skills Priority List for Australia. They hold twice-yearly surveys to review and produce the list effectively. As well, ‘The NSC welcomes input on the SPL year-round as part of our continual review process. Submissions can be provided to’. It you are interested in doing so, why not consider this ? Further information about the List and the process is found on this page.

Skill Up From Home lets you ‘explore a range of useful fee-free online training courses. These courses are all tailored to high-demand professions and you can do them from the comfort of your own home’. This is the information from NSW, while Free TAFE for lots of jobs is from Victoria. Others have similar options. A listing of the various schemes, plus a range of similar information covering all states can be found at Government Funded Courses Australia. Note the latter indicates - ‘Schemes vary from state to state and students are required to meet eligibility requirements’. However, there are still lots of options out there.

Though there is still considerable disruption to the education sector resulting from Covid, we are rapidly approaching the time for transition from schools to tertiary education. For those going on to university, all courses are listed by most Admissions Centres. These were available earlier in August and provide certainty about courses to choose from.

At the same time you need to make certain of when Early Bird Applications close. The Admissions Centre covering your area will be able to clarify the exact date for this. A number already indicate this on their site.

For those considering a Masters Degree, Chevening Scholarships may be an interesting option. This page provides all the relevant details : Who can Apply ?, Guidance for your application, Research Master’s Courses, Application Timeline [August 2021 to September 2022] and Why study in the UK ?

To quote from the page - ‘Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK. Because these scholarships are fully-funded [flights, accommodation and course fees are all included], you are free to focus on achieving your professional goals and maximising the experience of a lifetime’. If you think this is a possible option for you, be sure to apply before 2 November 2021.

I can only plead that the title initially made me make this inclusion - Niggle, jiggle and squid. Then, having read it, I also found it interesting and actually learnt things I didn’t know before [the ‘squid’ is one example]. The ‘article describes a process of considering and adopting more innovative VET teaching and learning practices’. If you want to read the original article [not of the same name], use this link.

We want to hear from you [AERO]. ‘Are you a qualified early childhood professional, registered school teacher or school leader ? Take our 5-minute survey now to help us understand how you use evidence in your work. Findings from the survey will help AERO develop the best possible evidence-based resources for Australian educators and teachers’. Start AERO’s evidence survey .

Our Online Learning Resources page continues to grow and hopefully continue to be of use. In addition, we have just uploaded the final two fully renewed pages for the month. Physical Education Resources and Special Education Resources pages are now up-to-date and significantly expanded on their previous size. Note the new link address for each now they have been de-archived. The site menu and Sitemap have been adjusted to cover this change.

Hornbrook Ragged School, 1884. Wood engraving published in The Illustrated Australian news.

Hornbrook Ragged School. Interior view of classroom, situated off Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 1884 [main picture]. Dossing it out (sleeping rough) and a Sunday school picnic [smaller pictures]. Wood engraving published in The Illustrated Australian news [Calvert, S., & G. R. A. (1884). HORNBROOK RAGGED SCHOOL (picture). Melbourne : David Syme and Co.].
State Library of Victoria.

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