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News 2015

Shaping the Education State

The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, and the Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino, have called on all Victorians to help ‘shape the Education State’ by responding to discussion papers that the government has released on the future of the Victorian education system. Read more here...

VicSRC Executive Nominations

The Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) is calling on Victorian students to nominate for the 2015-2016 VicSRC Executive. Read more here...

Smartphone Apps to Support Student Resiliency

Three free smartphone apps have been launched to boost student self-esteem and to help young people deal with anxiety and stress. Read more here...

Victorian Premier’s VCE Awards

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, and the Minister for Education, James Merlino, have recognised the top VCE students for 2014 at a ceremony at the Melbourne Convention Centre on Wednesday 3 June 2015. Read more here...

SchoolMate

The Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino, has launched a new app developed for parents by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training. Read more here...

National Excellence in Teaching Awards 2015

Nominations for the 2015 Australian Scholarships Group National Excellence in Teaching Awards (ASG NEiTA) are now open. Read more here...

Where to Now?

The 2016 edition of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s (VCAA) guide to the VCE, VCAL and Apprenticeships and Traineeships, Where to Now? will arrive in schools in the first week of June 2015. Read more here...

The Line

Our WATCh, a group working to end Violence against Women And Their Children, has just re-launched The Line – a social media campaign that aims to break down gender stereotypes amongst young Australians and challenge attitudes and behaviours that support violence against women. Read more here...

Federal Budget 2015 - 2016

The Australian Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has released the 2015-16 Australian Budget. This article contains a summary of the educational policies addressed in the Budget. Read more here...

Victorian Budget 2015 - 2016

The Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas, has released the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget, with $2.9 billion allocated over four years to schools. Read more here...

The Family Guide for Youth Suicide Prevention

beyondblue has launched a guide with advice for parents and other family members on how to have a conversation with a young person who may be at risk of committing suicide. Read more here...

Changes to Vaccination Exemption Categories

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has announced that from 1 January 2016 the ‘conscientious objector’ exemption on children’s vaccination will no longer apply to the Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement. Read more here...

Stop. Think. Respect: Left Hand

A market research study conducted by beyondblue that investigated the attitudes of young people to same-sex attracted people has concluded that teenage boys are ‘engaging in homophobia at an alarming rate’. Read more here...

School Choice is a Complex Issue

Independent Schools Victoria welcomes the recent release of research into the contributors to the educational development of children, but is disappointed at the media focus on school sector as the key criteria of concern. Read more here...

Seminar for Parents – The Feuerstein Method can Help all Children Improve how they Learn

Independent Schools Victoria invites parents to this special program. The five-day Feuerstein course is designed to help parents improve their ability in mediating cognitive skills to their children of all ages and abilities, in order to develop the thinking and learning skills for formal, social, emotional and life-long learning. Read more here...

Australian Schools Plus

Australian Schools Plus (ASP), a national fund founded in 2013 to encourage donations for schools, has been granted deductible gift recipient status, entitling it to receive income tax-deductible gifts and contributions. Read more here...

2015 Rosie Creators Award

The Dugdale Trust for Women and Girls is encouraging girls aged 12 to 20 who are ‘writers, video makers, photographers and budding young activists’ to enter the Rosie Creators Award for 2015. Read more here...

The Other Talk

The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) has called on parents to have The Other Talk with their children. Read more here...

Education: A Shared Responsibility

Parents are every child’s first teacher, but soon they are at school. Who is responsible now for the education of your daughter or son – parent or teacher? Read more here...

Education and Training Reform Amendment (Funding of Non-Government Schools) Act 2014

A Bill to ‘establish a transparent mechanism for state funding of non-government schools and for other purposes’ has been passed by the Victorian Parliament, and now awaits Royal Assent. Read more here...

Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers Report

The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group’s (TEMAG) report on initial teacher education and the Australian Government’s response to the report have been released. Read more here...

Transition to Secondary School

Now they are going to secondary school. Today, they will meet the exciting challenge of moving up from primary to secondary school. Read more here...

Supporting Primary School Starters

Family support makes starting primary school easier and provides continuing reassurance that leads to a happier and more productive school life. Your relationship with the school is a partnership and your family will be accepted as an important part of the school community. Read more here...

Surviving Year 12

beyondblue has launched two factsheets for parents and students on how to navigate the challenges of Year 12. Read more here...

Movement Skills in Decline

Research tracking the capacity of Australian children to run, throw, kick, catch and jump is showing that they are performing worse in these skills than they were 30 years ago. Read more here...

News 2014

Supporting Primary School Starters

Family support makes starting primary school easier and provides continuing reassurance that leads to a happier and more productive school life. Your relationship with the school is a partnership and your family will be accepted as an important part of the school community. Read more here...

Surviving Year 12

beyondblue has launched two factsheets for parents and students on how to navigate the challenges of Year 12. Read more here...

Movement Skills in Decline

Research tracking the capacity of Australian children to run, throw, kick, catch and jump is showing that they are performing worse in these skills than they were 30 years ago. Read more here...

VCE Information for Students

Your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is disappointing – what happens now? Read more here...

Remembering 2014 and Looking to 2015

Michelle Green, Chief Executive, Independent Schools Victoria, responds to a request from Australian Teacher Magazine to contribute to its 2014 Education Report Card. Read more here...

Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher, has introduced a Bill to the Australian Parliament with measures to enhance online safety for children. Read more here...

Challenges of Poor Diet Obesity, Diabetes

School leaders encourage healthy eating and physical activity to meet the challenges of poor diet, child obesity and diabetes by supporting nutrition classes, making changes to canteen menus, providing parents with snack and lunch ideas and joining their schools in programs such as Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden. Read more here...

A Parent’s Guide to Instagram

headspace has partnered with Instagram and ConnectSafely.org to produce a guide for parents on the safe use and better understanding of the photo and video sharing app Instagram. Read more here...

Exams Over but Continuing Support Needed

Exams are over and there’s no more school so what’s next? Is it just celebrations or does the community have a continuing role? Schools are focussing on organised celebrations. Police, emergency and social and community services provide information on the dangers of alcohol and drugs and parents urge their children to be responsible and lookout for mates. Read more here...

New ‘Sexting’ Laws

The Victorian Attorney-General, Robert Clark, has announced new offences for distributing intimate images without consent, along with new laws to ensure that young people who engage in non-exploitative 'sexting' don't end up with criminal records or on the sex offenders register. Read more here...

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Australian Government Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, and the Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton, have announced $1.4 million in Australian Government funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia. Read more here...

A Teacher Who Opened Doors

To celebrate World Teachers’ Day in Australia on Friday 31 October 2014 , Independent Schools Victoria asked our staff, parents and students at Independent schools to remember, recognise and thank teachers. Here is Chief Executive Michelle Green's contribution. Read more here...

Finding the School that is Best for your Child

How do you find the school that is the best match for your child? Before interviewing principals and teachers, parents should ask themselves what are the child’s needs and strengths and what values do we live by? Read more here...

#GameOn

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched #GameOn, a series of cybersafety videos for 8 to 12 year olds covering cyberbullying, excessive gaming, sharing passwords, free downloads and online friends. Read more here...

2015 National Youth Awards and 2014 Australian Vocational Student Prize

The Australian Government has encouraged young Australians to nominate for the 2015 National Youth Awards and the 2014 Australian Vocational Student Prize. Read more here...

Young Carer Bursaries

Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, has opened applications for a program that provides carers aged 12 to 25 with financial support to help them with their education or training. Read more here...

There’s Life after Year 12 Exams

Online youth mental health service ReachOut.com has launched a national campaign to help students manage the stress and anxiety of their Year 12 exams. Read more here...

A Visitor’s View of Early Learning in Victoria

An ‘unforgettable and inspiring learning journey’ is how Dr Angela Salmon describes her recent visit to a number of early learning centres run by Independent schools in Victoria. Read more here...

Another Step in the Battle against Cyberbullying

What can schools and parents do to protect students from online bullying, given that University of New South Wales research indicates that it is experienced each year by one in five students aged 8 to 17? Read more here...

Triple Zero Kids Challenge

The Australian Government Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, has launched a resource to help teachers and parents show students in Prep to Year 2 how they can get help in the event of an emergency. Read more here...

Early Learning – Good for Mums, Great for the Economy

New research has calculated the economic and social benefits of early learning by modelling the impacts of early childhood education and care on women in the workforce, productivity and vulnerable children. Read more here...

Teachers Face Fads, Fashions and Unrealistic Expectations

Education academic Professor Stephen Dinham has presented a detailed examination of factors contributing to Australian students being out-performed when compared internationally. Read more here...

OECD 2014 Education at a Glance

The just published annual Education at a Glance report, produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is misnamed – it is 563 pages of text and charts of international comparisons of all facets of education. Read more here...

Homework – Essential or Unnecessary?

A Victorian Parliamentary Committee received 32 submissions and conducted 16 public hearings into the value of homework and found that, at best, the evidence either way was inconclusive. Read more here...

Opening Educational Opportunities for Gifted and Talented Students

Being gifted or talented can be exciting, confusing or frustrating for the young person – and for parents and teachers. Read more here...

Bystanders to Bullying

A new Australian study has found that teenagers are afraid to ‘stick up’ for their mates against bullies for fear that they will become victims themselves. Read more here...

Understanding your School, Parents, Students and Staff

‘Your feedback is very important to us to ensure that we know what is going well and how things could be improved’ – the Facebook message to parents from one of our Member Schools. Read more here...

Results when Parents Involved with Schools

Parents who are engaged with the schooling of their children see the positive results, the federal Minister for Education, Mr Pyne, said in a webcast arranged by the Australian Parents Council. Read more here...

Annual Student Art Exhibition 2014

Our aim has always been to showcase achievement through the arts and raise the profile of Member Schools and our organisation but with the support of Independent schools in Victoria we are achieving much more. Read more here...

Productivity Commission Draft Report into Childcare

The Australian Productivity Commission has released a draft report into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, and has invited the public to comment on it via written submission or by attending public hearings. Read more here...

2013 National Drugs Strategy Household Survey

The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) has released the 2013 National Drugs Strategy Household Survey. Read more here...

Strong Message from Like a Girl Video

Linda Douglas, Principal of Ruyton Girls’ School in Melbourne, shares her thoughts on the #LikeAGirl campaign and what doing something 'like a girl' should mean. Read more here...

More than just an Art Exhibition

An exhibition of student art is an opportunity to enjoy the creativity of young people and engage with their culture. But what other benefits can exhibitions provide? Read more here...

More than just a Report

Students’ reports indicate progress through school, but just as importantly, they are an essential link providing opportunities for continuing conversations at home and with teachers to discuss how learning challenges can be met. Read more here...

Queen’s Young Leader Award

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge and His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales have launched Queen’s Young Leader Award. Read more here...

Thumbs Up for Art in Education

It’s thumbs up from our Facebook and Twitter followers for student art, which we have been previewing before the opening of our exhibition for next month’s International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) conference in Melbourne. We thank students and teachers for their work. Read more here...

International Teaching Survey

The results of an international teaching and learning survey conducted last year have been released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The survey included a representative sample of 2059 Australian secondary school teachers and 116 principals. They were among 106,000 teachers from more than 30 countries and economies. Read more here...

Values, but not 'old school'

Our research supports Christopher Bantick’s view that parents choosing a school are attracted by traditional values but I wish that his recent article in Fairfax media had not been headlined Old-school values still appeal in modern world - writes Michelle Green, Chief Executive, Independent Schools Victoria. Read more here...

Follow, Share and Like Us on Social Media

As parents and family of students you have told us that you are interested in education and now we are responding by using social media to bring you unbiased factual news about schooling in Victoria and around the world. Read more here...

Public Consultation on Improving Teacher Education

Parents and parents’ organisations will be able to provide their views to a government advisory group that is to recommend ways of improving teacher education. Read more here...

What’s the Answer to this Question?

Students deal with hard questions every day in maths, languages and other subjects but for some one of the most difficult is, ‘so what are you going to do when you leave school?’ And it can be a worry for parents. Read more here...

Funding for Students with Disability and Learning Difficulties

Government funding arrangements for students with disability and learning difficulties has long been a major concern for parents. Independent Schools Victoria explains the current and proposed funding arrangements that have evolved from the (Gonski) Review of School Funding. Read more here...

Federal Budget 2014-15

The Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, introduced the Australian Government’s Budget for 2014-15 into Parliament on Tuesday 13 May 2014. Read more here...

Victorian Budget 2014-15

On Tuesday 6 May 2014, Victorian Treasurer Michael O’Brien handed down the 2014-15 Victorian State Budget. Read more here...

VET in Schools Report

A Group Training Australia report has found that exposing school students in years 9 to 12 to Vocational Education and Training (VET) helps to improve engagement and retention in school, and opens the door to careers in the skilled trades. Read more here...

Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013

La Trobe University researchers have released the National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013. The survey, conducted every five years, explores the sexual behaviour, knowledge and attitudes of young Australians. The 2013 survey involved over 2000 years 10 to 12 students nationwide from the government, Independent and Catholic schoolsystems. Read more here...

School Funding Dilemma

Independent Schools Victoria is concerned about funding arrangements for education.

We made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on School Funding which is considering the new national school funding arrangements – the model developed following the Gonski Review of School Funding. Read more here...

NCVER Research Report on the Factors Influencing Student Aspiration

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released a report, The factors affecting the educational and occupational aspirations of young Australians. The report examines the ways in which background characteristics influence young people aspirations. Read more here...

Enhancing Online Safety for Children

On 28 March 2014, Paul Fletcher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister for Communications, welcomed the wide range of submissions received in response to the government’s Discussion Paper on Enhancing Online Safety for Children. Read more here...

Senate Committee NAPLAN Recommendation

A Senate Committee whose role was to examine the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) has recommended that measures be taken to reduce the time between testing and when teachers can see the results and to limit the use of the data for league tables. Read more here...

New report from parliamentary library

Measures of student achievement

The federal Parliamentary Library has produced Measures of student achievement: a quick guide [PDF], which is a comprehensive overview of the major national and international measures of school student achievement that are conducted and used in Australia. It is fair, balanced and sensible and indicates the possible pitfalls of various measures.

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