Hallett Cove School shows STEM leadership

Robotics and coding, water pollution, accuracy in sports science and engineered mousetraps are some of the diverse subjects investigated by students during Hallett Cove School’s inaugural STEM Week.   The Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham joined local Liberal MP and state Shadow Minister for the Environment David Speirs, students, teachers, parents and…

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Focusing on the facts of higher education reform

The Turnbull Government has welcomed the release of a Senate inquiry report recommending the Parliament pass reforms to higher education to ensure the system is sustainable and student-focused.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the report recognised the need to reform Australian higher education to drive better results for students and better…

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Quality focus needed to boost student results

With needs-based school funding now locked in for the future, it’s essential that education policy re-focus on quality teaching and programs proven to boost results, the Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham said after the release of a “mixed bag” of NAPLAN results. “The results show that while we have excellent schools and teachers in…

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University sexual assault and sexual harassment

Sexual assault and harassment have no place in Australian universities, just as they have no place anywhere in Australia. Survey results released today show that Australian universities face similar challenges as institutions around the world to prevent sexual assault and harassment, and to support those who are subjected to it. Australians rightly expect that universities…

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School children crack the code for a better future

The computer coding skills of students at Artarmon Public School were on full display today as part of an innovative new drive to improve digital literacy in our schools. The Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham joined local MP Trent Zimmermann at Artarmon Public School to see students demonstrate their digital skills as part…

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Improving education opportunities and outcomes for country kids

Public submissions have opened for the Coalition Government’s review of regional education.  Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the announcement was an important milestone in the Government’s efforts to ensure regional, rural and remote students not only achieve success at school, but go on to further study, training and employment. “This independent review offers an…

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