Aussie kids using strengths to overcome hurdles

New data shows Australian children battling issues with their physical or emotional development can draw on their strengths in other areas to get ahead in a trend experts have dubbed ‘the Resilience Factor’. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new Multiple Strengths Indicator analysis released today is a world-first look at the…

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Teacher Test ensuring students learn from the best

Results from tests in 2016 that assess the skills of potential new teachers’ show that around 95 per cent have literacy and numeracy skills that are up to scratch, allowing them to teach in Australian classrooms. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said that more than 13,000 students studying to be teachers sat the…

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Senior School Campus Opened at Investigator College

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, today officially opened the new Senior School Campus at Investigator College in Victor Harbor. Students, staff and the Investigator College community now have full use of their new Senior School Building which includes general learning areas, art, hospitality and science areas, student amenities and an…

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Australian pre-schoolers picking up foreign languages in lightning speed

New independent analysis of the Turnbull Government’s early learning languages app has found children are grasping foreign languages at lightning speed by using the play-based program rather than conventional measures like flash cards. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Evaluation of the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) apps carried out by Swinburne…

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Backing programs that boost student outcomes

Turnbull Government funding for The Smith Family’s pioneering Learning for Life program is already delivering targeted interventions and support for 3,000 of Australia’s most disadvantaged young people. The Prime Minister and Minister for Education and Training tonight met Learning for Life graduates at a ceremony in Melbourne to mark their achievements. Learning for Life supports…

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Revitalising regional education

The Coalition Government will conduct a comprehensive review of regional education with the aim of getting more regional, rural and remote students to not just be successful at school but to go on to further study, training and employment. Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals Barnaby Joyce said the review would be critical…

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New measures target dodgy Family Day Care providers

The Turnbull Government will introduce integrity measures expected to prevent $250 million being paid to dodgy Family Day Care providers in the latest compliance measure to protect taxpayers, families and most importantly children in child care.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said this week the Turnbull Government would table measures to set…

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