Education for Older Kids
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
Amy McNeilage High school students say they are not getting sex education soon enough and want topics such as puberty and pregnancy discussed in primary school, a Victorian study has found.
KATHARINE MURPHY Memo to teachers: surely transparency in schools is a good thing.
JEWEL TOPSFIELD National study reveals children are suffering stress-related vomiting and sleeplessness as some teachers drill them for months prior to the NAPLAN.
Anneli Knight Confidence, creativity and perhaps a touch of cuteness can help kids learn valuable lessons in how to run a business.
Richard Schiffman Self-reflection to help enlighten children is being introduced into classrooms worldwide.
Melinda Ham New technologies and a little know-how can make an artist out of all of us, writes Melinda Ham.
David Ballhausen Share the burden of teaching kids about well-being.
ANDREW STEVENSON Teachers may often have dreamt of knocking kids heads together but its unlikely they imagined using rugby league as a learning tool.
Rachael Sowden The Gonski Review revealed that Australian schools are in desperate need of funds to bring them up to standard but will the Government take this advice?
Amy Mcneilage Kumon classrooms are easy to spot. Floor to ceiling pigeonholes store thousands of worksheets. The learning method claims no secret formula. The idea is basic.
Julie Power A US teenager suspended from school for creating a fictional character who committed suicide to lift awareness of bullying should have been commended.
Breanna Tucker PETER Smythe has often been accused of being a little back to front. The year 11 mathematics teacher at Canberra's Gungahlin College has reversed the concept of ''classwork'' and ''homework''. Everyday he sends his students a series of YouTube links to self-recorded videos of himself lecturing and asks them to study the clips at home.
Children around Australia are brushing up on their reading, writing, language and numeracy skills this week in preparation for NAPLAN but how can you help them perform on the day?
Barry McGaw Other learning depends on literacy and numeracy, a strong foundation is essential.
KATIE CARLIN A love of food, gardening and children inspired renowned cook Stephanie Alexander to attempt to change the future health of a generation one child at a time.
Kim Arlington When it comes to keeping students interested in maths, the attitudes of their parents are a key part of the equation.
Elisabeth Tarica One student and his family have found being bright can have its drawbacks.
Harmony Day is a time to celebrate our nations’ diversity and while many of us who have been born in this great country have grown up in its safety and beauty there are also others who have fled their own country to seek the safety and refuge we often take for granted.
Saffron Howden Australian primary school students believe cotton socks derive from animals and yoghurt comes from plants.
Jen Vuk Do your eyes widen with fear at the thought of taking your kids to the art gallery? Jen Vuk finds out just how kid-friendly galleries can be.
Andrew Stevenson PEN and paper are not yet in the dustbin of history but the radical transformation being wrought in the learning experiences of year 6 students at Neutral Bay Public School in Sydney's lower north shore suggests time may be running out for traditional methods.
David Gonski As the global economy continues on its trajectory of change, the pressure is on Australia to maintain a knowledge and skills base that can change and adapt to keep up with the world around us.
QUIRKY KID If you suspect your child is a victim of cyberbullying or you want to know more this factsheet will give you a comprehensive overview of what you need to know and what action to take.
ANDREW DADDO DON'T you wonder where the dads are in those schmaltzy first-day-at-school stories on the current affairs shows?
ANDREW DADDO I WAS all geared up to write something gushy and emotional, and end-of-yeary-teary.
Andrew Stevenson LEADING private schools will again increase their fees by almost double the inflation rate, with Sydney school fees set to break the $30,000 ceiling in 2013.
Denise Ryan THE classroom wall is covered in obscenities. The teacher knows the culprit, but decides to clean up the mess and not tell anyone.
Heidi Davoren My children have attended a private school since prep. Next year that will all change.
Andrew Stevenson PRIMARY school students in NSW, many of whom learn no languages other than English, would be taught a language for two hours a week under the national curriculum the federal government is developing.
Cosima Marriner ''I promise that I will do my best: to do my duty to God, to serve the Queen and my country; to help other people; and to keep the Guide law.
QUIRKY KID All parents consider their children to be ‘gifted and talented’ and this term can be quite controversial in many schools, often due to competition for places in specialist classes designed to ‘excel’ high achieving students.
Andrew Stevenson For generations children have complained that school can be cruel and unusual punishment. Now it seems some headmasters are listening, introducing more breaks during the school day and explicitly recognising the value of running wild.
Megan Johnston Learning institutions are taking classes to the next level, writes Megan Johnston.