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$2 million package for students affected by bushfires

Charity appeals aims to raise $4.2 million for disadvantaged students

Children’s education charity The Smith Family has launched its 2020 Winter Appeal with a warning that thousands of young Australians experiencing disadvantage are at a heightened risk of disengaging from their education, amid the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The appeal aims to raise $4.2 million by 30 June to deliver life-changing learning and mentoring programs to students in need. Read more


What works best to improve student outcomes

A new practical guide, produced by the NSW Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE), aims to help teachers implement effective teaching practices that evidence shows is what works best to improve student educational outcomes. Read more

96% of schools sign up for extra money for school hygiene

Ninety-six per cent of non-government schools have signed up to the Morrison Government’s offer of funding support for additional COVID-19 hygiene measures.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said 2,738 schools would share $9.3 million to help pay for soap, hand sanitiser or extra cleaning. Read more

TAS suspends mid-year reporting for Prep to Year 10

Due to disruption caused by COVID-19, the Commonwealth Government has advised that there will be flexibility for 2020 Mid-year reporting. In response, the Tasmanian Government has removed the requirement to report A-E ratings.

It is normally a requirement for Commonwealth funding that schools report twice a year providing A-E ratings. Read more


First wave of students back in Vic classrooms

Schools across Victoria welcomed back around 400,000 students as part of a staged return to classroom teaching on 26 May.

Minister for Education James Merlino congratulated principals, teachers, school staff, students and families for their efforts to make remote learning work, and announced a summit to discuss lessons learnt and investigate what improvements can be made to the education system as a result of the remote learning experience. Read more