Dr Calvin Irons BA. MA. PhD. (Mathematics and Mathematics Education)
The process has begun – finally. We hope that the work to review the mathematics (and digital technologies) curriculum over the next 12 months does indeed result in clarity about what is to be taught. The seemingly poor performance by our students in mathematics should not be blamed on them or their teachers. The jargon and lists of poorly connected ideas in the current mathematics curriculum does indeed make it challenging to comprehend. Read more
Education Council has agreed to provide $50 million to fund a national evidence institute to undertake important educational research and to appoint its inaugural director. Council also agreed the terms of reference for a review into the Australian Curriculum.
The national evidence institute was a key recommendation of David Gonski’s Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools that was commissioned by the Coalition Government to improve educational outcomes. Read more
The first national curriculum for students with a vision impairment will soon be trialled in schools, as part of a plan to provide equitable access to education for children who are blind or have low vision.
The Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School has launched its new Positive Education Enhanced Curriculum (PEEC). Centred on student wellbeing, it has been designed together with developmental psychologists in the field of positive psychology.
Dairy Australia is calling on primary schools to register for the Term 3 intake of curriculum-based learning program, Picasso Cows, giving students the opportunity to unleash their inner artist.
New lesson plans detailing the lived experiences of the Stolen Generations have been launched, together with grants to support school communities in running activities based on the new resource to increase students’ understanding about this important part of Australia’s history.