Plibersek’s politicking while student results stalling

As Australian families, educators and policymakers reflect on the recent national and international reports on our students’ literacy, numeracy and science skills and wonder why the conversation about schools cannot make progress, they need look no further than the pure politicking and opportunism on display today by the Labor Party.  The re-branding of Labor’s election…

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NAPLAN report confirms need for action to boost student outcomes

The latest report on NAPLAN results has highlighted the need for educators and policymakers to “leave the politicking at the door” and work together to deliver the reforms Australia’s school system needs to lift student achievement. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2016 NAPLAN National Report confirmed the preliminary results from August…

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Press conference, Canberra

E&OE TRANSCRIPT Press conference, Canberra Topics: NAPLAN National Report; Turnbull Government’s Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes reforms; Future schools funding arrangements; How-to-vote cards; Republican movement 13/12/2016 09:45AM  Simon Birmingham:     These NAPLAN results confirm information that has been contained in international reports over the last couple of weeks. We see results that show at best…

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Interview on SKY News with Kieran Gilbert

E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on SKY News with Kieran Gilbert Topics: NAPLAN National Report; Turnbull Government’s Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes reforms; Republican movement 13/12/2016 08:33 AM Kieran Gilbert: Good morning, and welcome to the program. The latest NAPLAN results have confirmed that students from non-English speaking backgrounds, from migrant families are outperforming the average on both…

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Interview on ABC TV News Breakfast with Virginia Trioli

E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on ABC TV News Breakfast with Virginia Trioli Topics: NAPLAN National Report; Turnbull Government’s Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes reforms; Republican movement 13/12/2016 07:36AM  Virginia Trioli: We’ll return to the latest NAPLAN data, which shows some very disappointing results in literacy and numeracy. For more, the Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham joins us…

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Interview on Weekend Sunrise with Monique Wright and Andrew O’Keefe

E&OE TRANSCRIPT Interview on Weekend Sunrise with Monique Wright and Andrew O'Keefe Topics: Politics in classrooms 12 December 2016 Andrew O’Keefe: Teachers in three states will go ahead with a plan to wear t-shirts to school, protesting Australia’s offshore detention policy. The planned campaign has been organised by a group called Teachers for Refugees and…

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