Students investigate Australia’s history

Eight students from across Australia have earned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Anzac Day commemorative services in France and Belgium after being awarded the prestigious Simpson Prize. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today presented awards to the winners and runners-up at Parliament House in Canberra. “As a nation we honour the service and sacrifice…

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Labour force February 2017

Labour force figures released today by the ABS show that seasonally adjusted employment fell by 6,400 over the month, to 11,998,800. Despite this fall, employment has risen by 104,600 (or 0.9 per cent) over the year.   Encouragingly, full-time employment increased by 27,100 in February, to 8,158,900, while part-time employment fell by 33,500, to 3,840,000.…

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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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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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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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