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David de Carvalho ACARA

Amidst the disruption, school’s purpose remains unchanged

By David de Carvalho, CEO of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

We’ve grown accustomed to hearing that we are ‘living in interesting times’, as things are turned upside down by COVID-19. The saying “may you live in interesting times” was erroneously claimed, in an early and ironic example of fake news, to be a proverb of Chinese origin.  Read more

WillPlay: Bringing out the ninja

With today’s students typically less active than in the past, WillPlay has launched a range designed to appeal to students of all ages, encouraging physical activity and promoting greater core strength. Read more

Keeping students safe in school

Educators have a duty of care to protect their students from foreseeable harm. Harm can come in a myriad of forms – whether that be physical or psychological – and in today’s world, it can occur virtually too. Read more

Schooling online during periods of disruption: using technology to enhance remote learning and to keep students safe

The coronavirus crisis has been a reminder to Australians at large that the healthy functioning of schools is of paramount importance to society. Schools are vital to the Australian economy, not only because they allow parents to work, but because they educate the professionals of the future. The full impact of the pandemic is yet to be realised but educators nationwide have had to adapt to teaching their curriculum online. Read more

CASPA: Relationships are central to what we do

Let’s set the record straight. Despite what ill-informed parts of the media portrayed as ‘home learning’ being the norm at the end of Term 1 and beginning of Term 2 in most states and territories, it was most certainly not the case. Schools were still open in most cases, some students of both essential workers and other parents were still in attendance, and ‘online learning’ was in fact the norm. Although some parents were able to play a more active role in the learning of their children, behind the scenes, teachers and diversity supports were hard at work maintaining relationships to ensure the continued learning of the students in their care. Read more