The federal government seems poised to get it wrong on technical education again


A culture of inequality in between occupation and academic education pervades the system; a House of Lords choose committee specified last month. The committee priced estimate OECD figures revealing that, throughout industrialized countries, approximately 50% of young people follow trade paths to work and, in Germany, the proportion is close to 75%. In the UK, it is simply 30%.

Attempts to fix this imbalance have repeatedly failed, most just recently under New Labor which, after Tony Blair declined an official committee s recommendation [pdf] that the 14-19 curriculum and examinations must be reconstructed, presented vocational diplomas nobody wished to take.

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New neighborhood alliance to press political celebrations for SA education financing for state schools


SOUTH Australian neighborhood groups, school principals and education unions have actually used the federal election spotlight to form an alliance to campaign for adequate education funding for smart drugs for college state schools.

The Learn to Grow campaign was introduced today by the heads of Anglicare SA, Uniting Communities, the SA Primary Principals Association (SAPPA), Australian Education Union (SA) and the Independent Education Union SA.

Anglican SA chief executive, Peter Sandeman, said the campaign that also has the support of the South Australian Secondary Principals Association (SASPA) would

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Speaking with: John Hattie on the best ways to enhance the quality of education in Australian schools


Do we actually know what works when it pertains to improving the quality of education in schools?

A new four-part ABC documentary series, Revolution School, looks at what the research informs us about what works in education and exactly what doesn’t. It informs the story of how a normal rural high school in Victoria, Kambrya College, managed to turn around from rock bottom to being in the top 25% of study scores in the state.

Smaller class sizes, personal education, homework and discipline do not make a difference to the quality of education, explains education professional John Hattie what really matters is interaction with teachers, medical teaching,

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