Education for Older Kids
John Elder If all goes to plan, a new book will be distributed in schools to teach young people grace.
Brooke Lumsden The majority of parents think NAPLAN is a good idea but an overwhelming number of educators are against the standardised tests for many reasons, and want parents to understand why NAPLAN is not at all what it seems.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY Australian students report high levels of noise and disruption in their classroom and at rates worse than the US or Britain, a factor which education experts say is linked to low levels of literacy and numeracy and is contributing to the country's worsening performance.
PISA study highlights resources and teacher quality as factors in the world's top-performing school systems
AMY MCNEILAGE Improving teacher quality, granting schools greater autonomy and resourcing education equitably have been highlighted as some of the unifying traits of the world's top-performing school systems.
Josephine Tovey, Anna Patty Australian high school students' achievement in maths and reading has slumped over the past decade, while huge gaps persist based on wealth, location, gender and whether students are indigenous.
Jim McMorrow NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli is not alone in finding it hard to make sense of what his federal counterpart, Christopher Pyne, has up his sleeve for the funding of schools beyond next year.
Patrick Williams Bindi Irwin has joked about running for Prime Minister of Australia and even President of the United States in a new interview on her political ambitions.
Josephine Tovey, Dan Harrison The NSW government has warned the Commonwealth it will not support any dismantling of the Gonski school funding model. Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says any changes to the reforms could mean schools will lose money.
Former child star Mara Wilson is all grown up and sharing her thoughts on the sexualisation of young stars and the state of sex education.
Kurt Wagne An all-girls school in the US is making waves for its ad campaign that tells young girls "You're not a princess."
Josephine Tovey Young children who frequently take days off school have poorer results in maths, new research shows, but the same level of absenteeism appears to have less of an effect on literacy at the same age.
ANDREW DADDO It’s pretty fantastic to let yourself go and enjoy the moments our kids give us but there are some that kids and parents alike would rather forget, writes Andrew Daddo.
Amy McNeilage School principals are worried that students are missing out on meaningful interaction with their peers because they have become glued to their phones.
Staff writers Do you remember your father’s reaction to your high school report card? This British teenager proudly uploaded a video of his dad’s to the news that he passed maths for the first time and it is a tear-jerker.
Melanie Hearse Want a story to warm your heart? Mel Hearse shares one from her children’s school that inspired her and other parents in the community.
Helen Wright Malala Yousafzai has become a symbol of freedom – the freedom to think, speak and learn no matter your gender, religion, age or financial circumstances.
Emmeline Taylor Many countries are increasingly using CCTV in schools to tackle bullying, obesity, smoking and truancy but will Australian schools be next?
BROOKE LUMSDEN How the positive psychology movement in Australian schools is making a lasting impact with its students and setting an example for the world to follow.
KATIE CARLIN In a country where female literacy rates are as low as 25% in some areas, 13-year-old Sushma Verma is proving that girls shouldn’t be underestimated.
Jen Dalitz There has been plenty of discussion about bullying and, from statistics given, it is likely a child will be bullied at some stage at school.
Livia Gamble Help kids discover the mysteries of the sea at the three-day under the sea film festival being held at Avoca on the Central Coast and show people the unseen world below the ocean’s surface.
QUIRKY KID If your child is refusing to go to school, leaving early or claiming to be sick on a regular basis here are some steps to finding out why and how to help.
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN If your child is reluctant to participate in class discussions here are some ways you can help boost their confidence in the classroom setting.
Nicole Anzia The word "homework," greeted with anxiety by kids and parents alike. You can make things easier by taking on a little assignment of your own.
Teenage deaths prompt calls for action against a social website where anonymous bullies have posted messages urging children to kill themselves.
Amy McNeilage Sexual health advocates say the draft national curriculum is a ''dreadful attempt'' at teaching sexual health in high schools.
Owen Thomson Problem solving is more effective with inquiry-based learning, writes Owen Thomson.
Amy McNeilage Students who don't own or can't afford a laptop, iPad or other digital devices could be disadvantaged at school, some teachers say, as the federally funded free laptop program comes to a close.
FLETA PAGE Sports teachers have a previously unsung role in the academic development of children, researchers have found - a position at odds with the gradual disappearance of specialist physical education teachers across the country.
KERRI SACKVILLE Watching your kids struggle and fail is one of the hardest parts of parenting but children must learn to navigate on their own life in order to succeed.
RACHEL BROWNE Almost half of Australia's most disadvantaged children don't get to play sport outside of school hours or take part in cultural activities such as music and dance lessons.
The Conversation Children’s interest and engagement in school influences their prospects of educational and occupational success 20 years later.
QUIRKY KID Being the one left out or rejected by your peers never feels good but what can we do to help our kids build resilience and stand up for others?
Damon Young The library might be an 'ancient creature' but it is a place where young and old minds can explore anew, writes Damon Young.
Sarah Wayland Is your child a perfectionist? How parents and teachers can send the message that making mistakes is all part of the learning journey.
DAN HARRISON Sleepiness is holding Australian schoolchildren back in the international education race, a study suggests.
Jewel Topsfield and Daniel Hurst Stuffed toys that help children deal with ''difficult emotions'' are being spruiked as a way of assisting ''with the stress of NAPLAN'', as companies cash in on the emphasis placed on next week's national literacy and numeracy tests.
KATIE CARLIN It has been five years since Natasha Stott Despoja left politics to raise her two young children but the former leader of the Democrats has been on her latest project – saving orangutans in south-east Asia.
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has returned to school for the first time since she was shot in the head by the Taliban in October for campaigning for girls' education.
School A-Z School principal Paul Tracey, and expert on boys' resilience and motivation Professor Andrew Martin, give their best ideas on helping boys to excel at school.
Julie Power Getting too attached to a chook is risky. That's one of the lessons learnt by students at Muirfield High School in Sydney's north-west who for the first time are entering the Royal Easter Show's egg-laying and chicken-meat competitions for schools. Of the eight egg-laying pullets they received in November as eight-week-old chicks, only five remain: Comet, Cupid, Blixen, Prancer and Rudolph.
EMMA MACDONALD Publishing houses printing how-to guides and NAPLAN-specific workbooks have found themselves winners as parents clamour for help in maximising their children's scores.
Josephine Tovey and Amy McNeilage Public and private schools on Sydney's north shore have continued to achieve almost uniform high results in NAPLAN testing, a trend believed to be one factor driving the enrolments surge in local public schools.
Jessica Lahey Kids must be allowed to make mistakes and a new study details the reasons why.
AMY CORDEROY Given the choice, children in NSW would forgo television and spend more time playing sports and hanging out with family, according to a landmark report.
KIMBERLEY O'BRIEN Is your child struggling to adapt to their new teacher? Here are some different approaches that will help diffuse the situation.
Linley Wilkie More families are approaching their child's education with a measured mix of traditional and home schooling but how do they marry these conflicting philosophies?
JO CASAMENTO Walking through the school gates unassisted on her first day of high school was more of a milestone for Sophie Delezio than most.
Lara O'Toole Starting secondary school can be a landmark chapter in a child's life, but for their parents it can be a different story.
ANDREW TAYLOR As children prepare to go back to school, some parents are taking a radically different tack.
Donna Webeck Sanity saving lunch box tips with 4 Ingredients kitchen whiz, Kim McCosker.
Ainslie MacGibbon It's been challenging to find a child who spent the summer harvesting crops, or undergoing immersion in agriculture - outdoors that is, not with Smurfberries, a Smurfy hoe and an iPod. Or Ninja Fingers. Yet that's what the long summer holiday was originally intended for. Is it still relevant to take school holidays this way? Everyone, at the same time? Or just burdensome?
Agencies The first day of school is just around the corner and there is no better way to make the transition from lazy summer days to the back to school grind then by preparing a list now.
A guide to school term dates and public holidays in your state.
LAKSHMI SINGH Working parents endure high levels of stress when it comes to getting ready for their child's return to school, according to a recent study, but there is help available.
KATIE CARLIN Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited Yates Avenue Public School in Sydney’s Dundas Valley today to launch a new cyber safety program aimed at educating primary-aged children on how to stay safe online.
Jewel Topsfield School fetes, parent information evenings, music, inter-school sport, excursions and marking are among the activities that will be banned this year if they fall outside the 38-hour working week as teachers ramp up their industrial action.
Cres Eastman Iodine deficiency could be why Australian children lag behind at school.
Melissa Conley Tyler Pushy parents of gifted kids only want their children's needs to be taken seriously.
Australia faces a huge battle to catch up with other nations, write Josephine Tovey and Amy McNeilage