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News 2014

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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