Education for Older Kids

One little girl's thoughtful letter to her teacher

Shaza Barbar Teachers may receive many cards and letters from their students but this supportive and thoughtful letter from one nine-year-old girl to her teacher has caught people's attention.


An open letter to Year 6 kids on their last day of primary school

Time to celebrate ...

Maria Tedeschi Yesterday was tough. We can see that. You’ve finished your time at primary school and it’s an end you probably didn’t ask for.


Taliban attack on school in Pakistan kills dozens of students

Relatives of a student, who was injured during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, comfort each other outside Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

Saad Khan and Jibran Ahmad Taliban insurgents have killed at least 140 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan. Warning: images may be disturbing.

What #illridewithyou can teach our kids


Saman Shad When we discuss with our children the events of the Sydney siege we should also take it upon ourselves to explain how it started a movement.


Study shows public schools beat private rivals in HSC comparison

Students at Ambravale High School sit their first HSC exam - English paper 1.

Amy McNeilage Out of the 60 most advantaged schools in the state, public schools scored above 90 in 38 per cent of their exams, on average, while the rate was 26 per cent in private schools.


Conversations I never had with my mother


Josefa Pete Not one of us can deny that parenting has changed over the ages. From the expectations we place on ourselves as parents, to the dynamics of how a family works and even the conversations we have with our children.

Why the world loves Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi with their Nobel peace prizes.

Radhika Sanghani As Pakistani schoolgirl education activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, collects the Nobel Peace Prize, we re-live her top moments and quotes.

Young Australian teachers recruited to help UK cope with "ghastly" shortage

Filling the gap: Kaitlyn Young and Emily Kerr-Laslett from Canberra will be travelling to the UK to work as casual teachers.

Amy McNeilage Young Australians are increasingly being recruited to work in schools in Britain after there being an acute shortage of qualified teachers.

‘Chalk and talk’: Direct teaching might be the best

Traditional models of teaching, which involve the teacher leading rather than guiding the children, could be more effective.

Kevin Donnelly It seems we have been misguided in abandoning the traditional, teacher-directed method of learning where the teacher spends more time standing at the front of the class, directing learning and controlling classroom activities.

Most of us don't fulfill our childhood dreams

When I grow up ...

Catherine Rodie Only 6 Percent of us have the jobs we wanted as kids – but is that a bad thing?

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Teachers victims of cyber bullying too

Cyber bullying poses a threat to teachers too.

Livia Gamble While a lot of focus has been on children being bullied in schools, a new survey revealed teachers can be victims of cyber bullying too.

Primary school banning the 'cotton wool'

SENSIBLE RISKS: Mt Biggs pupils enjoy their BMX track. Ben Davis, 11, makes a jump over Dan McKellar, 12, and Justin Mauder, 11. Travis Scandle, 11, at left, and Jack Carter, 10, watch from the sides.

Lucy Townend Mollycoddling is off the agenda at this school, where tackle rugby, tree climbing and racing BMX bikes are allowed.


How to research your family history

Getting kids to interview their grandparents is a great place to start.

Nicole Thomson-Pride In remembrance of the ANZAC Centenary, there has never been a better time for children to start researching their family’s history.

Lonely Planet for young adventurers


KATE GEENTY Lonely Planet is aiming to grab adventurers at a young age, with a new series of books aimed at readers five and up.

Principal says school doesn't work for most kids

Why school doesn't set all students up for success.

Rebecca English Here is why Templestowe College principal Peter Hutton believes secondary school only works for about a "third of students".

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Watch: Dance company's powerful anti-cyber bullying video


Livia Gamble A dance company has created a powerful anti-cyber bullying short film to raise awareness during National Bullying Prevention Month.

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Things modern kids do that we never did

Seeing the world ...

Megan Blandford Our kids’ lives look vastly different from our bike-riding, Vegemite-sandwich-eating childhood but here is why it's a good thing.

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New curriculum preparing teens for the work force


Livia Gamble A new curriculum has been developed to prepare teens for the work force.

Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai a formidable force for girls' rights

Malala Yousafzai: Formidable force for girls' rights.

Schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai's courageous fightback from being shot by the Taliban has transformed her both into a symbol for human rights and a campaigner in global demand.

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi

Malala Yousafzai

Children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday.

E-homework is widening the gap for disadvantaged students

Not all students have the same access to resources outside class.

Eva Dobozy Homework tasks that require an iPad or laptop may disadvantage low socio-economic status students.


Trimming "Tiger Mum's" claws

Study claims punitive 'Tiger Mum' parenting doesn't work.

Rachel Clun A new study has refuted the idea that the punitive, "Tiger Mum" style of parenting works.

Active boys perform better in classroom

Academic benefits to being active for kids.

Letitia Rowlands Want to help your sons achieve the best academic results possible? Then put the car keys away and get them to walk or ride their bike to school. 

Do parents know what's best for schools?


Jennifer Chesters Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon semms convinced that giving parents' councils more power will result in better outcomes but Jennifer Chesters suggests otherwise.


School organises training session for girls with 'Lingerie League'

Lingerie football

Catherine Rodie A South Australian high school invited the ‘Lingerie League’ – a sport where women play football in their bikinis - to practice with their female year nine students.

How to stop homophobic bullying in schools


How should schools respond to incidents of teasing and bullying related to gender and sexual identity? Telling them it's wrong isn't the answer.

School system worse now than when Gonski wrote report


Amy McNeilage The Australian education system is in worse shape now than when David Gonski handed down his damning assessment of it three years ago, with academic performance sliding and the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students widening.

Home schooling: an idea worth promoting

Not the answer: Regular schools are way too restrictive for many children, who are better suited to being home-schooled.

James Athanasou The main aim of home schooling is to offer an alternative. It is ideal for anyone who believes our current school system is not suitable for their child.


NAPLAN results are 'only a snapshot of how your child was going'


Amy McNeilage An analysis of NAPLAN data reveals one in five 14-year-olds in NSW is performing so poorly in writing that they should be receiving targeted intervention.


Why your child's grit could be more important than their IQ

Why grit sets children apart.

Kym Campradt Angela Lee Duckworth discovers the single most significant predictor for success in children and it isn’t social intelligence, physical health, attractiveness or even IQ.

Better than textbooks, apps are providing students with resources and knowledge

Sharpening skills: Manu Multani, left, and teacher Rick Connors from Wanganui Park Secondary College in Shepparton. Apps give students more control over their learning and, for country students, access to opportunities they might otherwise not have.

Cynthia Karena Teachers used to be the main source of information in classrooms but now apps are providing students with direct access to resources and knowledge.


NAPLAN results don't tell us the whole story


Suzanne Rice Results are out for NAPLAN 2014, and already the discussions have started around the meaning of those results.


Girl, 9, accidentally shoots dead instructor

Girl at range.

Lauren Raab A nine-year-old US girl has accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi.

How schools across the country are helping themselves


Maxine McKew Australia has lost bragging rights in being able to claim status among the high-performing education systems. But there’s reason for optimism. There are class acts all across the country, and in some unlikely places.


High school students being grouped on test results

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picture Justin McManus.
Naplan Test.
Children at Alphington Primary school sitting the Naplan test.

Alexandra Smith High school students are being grouped in classes based on NAPLAN results, as comprehensive NSW high schools are increasingly doing their own selective testing, ignoring research that reveals streaming can do more harm than good.


Report finds Victorian teachers must learn to set quality homework

Homework: new teachers may not be setting the right kind.

Benjamin Preiss Teachers, you have a new assignment - learning to set better homework.

Fairfax launches Boots for Kids

Nicko King and his new boots.

Tom Decent Boots for Kids is a campaign asking Fairfax Media readers to donate footy boots at the end of the season, so we can get them to indigenous kids in rural and remote areas who have none.


How to be your teen's career coach


Tiffany Dunk In today’s school system, the pressure is on for teens to choose their career path years before they’re ready to leave the classroom.


Private schooling has little long-term pay-off


Jennifer Chesters In a recent article for The Conversation, Barbara Preston examined the link between type of school attended and progress at university. Barbara concluded that after controlling for tertiary entrance score, university students from government schools outperformed students from private schools.


How technology is shaping their future

Challenges facing parents in the digital age.

Linda Moon A snapshot of issues facing parents raising children in the digital age that we all need to be aware of.

Attacks on UN schools in Gaza clearly breach international law


Alan Smith Increasingly and tragically, education is at the centre of a humanitarian crisis in Gaza as people flee their homes to shelter in places like schools.


A plea to save the children in Gaza and Israel


Karl Schembri The world is watching in horror as the conflict between Israel and Gaza enters a new and terrifying phase with no end in sight to the appalling loss of life.As rockets and bombs rain down on Israel and Gaza, and as plumes of smoke and fire bellow from shattered buildings, it is easy to forget that the lives of children, hundreds of innocent children, are being lost or changed forever in the horrific violence. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a war on children.


Should gifted kids be in accelerated programs?

Are gifted programs right for all kids who excel at learning?

Carolyn Tate Just because your child is labelled as gifted doesn't mean they will thrive in an accelerated learning program. Parents share how they weighed up the pros and cons.


British teacher embarrassed by plagiarised viral letter

Copier: Rachel Tomlinson, headmistress of Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire.

Amy McNeilage A sweet message from a teacher to her students touched many hearts this week but there was just one problem.


Head of curriculum review wants to bring back corporal punishment in schools

Dr Kevin Donnelly
Education Standards Institute

Matthew Knott Bringing back corporal punishment in schools for ill-disciplined children would be supported by the head of the Abbott government’s national curriculum review if it is also backed by the local school community.


Primary school reminds students "there are many ways of being smart"


Livia Gamble School's letter to year six students accompanying their exam results is a timely reminder that one exam mark does not define their intelligence.

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If my daughter had seen this Wicked Campers van

Wicked Campers

Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids Paula Orbea’s 11-year-old daughter was distressed after what she read on a Wicked Campers van and she took action against the company but Kerri Sackville is ashamed to admit she wouldn’t have done the same.

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Student expulsions and suspensions are increasing


Alexandra Smith The latest figures reveal NSW students are being expelled at record rates.


Concerns that Indigenous girls are being neglected


Celeste Liddle The Smith Family released a report which raised concerns that Indigenous girls had been neglected in the Federal Government's May budget.


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Artist uses Disney Princesses to highlight sex abuse

'Princest',  is a series of poster images from anonymous Middle Eastern artist Saint Hoax, which aims to encourage victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a family member to report it to the authorities.

Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids These artworks of Disney princesses will fill you with disgust, pain and make you want to look away – but that is exactly why we need to look writes Kerri Sackville.

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Technology to blame for kids' poor spelling?

What impact is texting having on spelling?

Catherine Rodie Could texting and auto-correct be having an impact on the way children write and spell?

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Are teachers being slowly replaced by computers in classrooms?

The rise of computer led classrooms

Catherine Rodie Could computers replace teachers in classrooms? One of the UK’s biggest academy chains, Ark Schools, is setting up a “blended learning” model that will see students being taught by computers.


Disney teams up with cyber safety experts to create new program for kids


Livia Gamble The Australian Federal Police cyber security experts have teamed up with Disney’s Club Penguin to create a new online safety program for primary schools, called "Online Safety, It Starts With You".



Cool kids at school more likely to act up later in life


Bridie Smith Science Editor According to US researchers, the kids that were considered cool at school don't always maintain their lofty social status and are more likely to act up as adults.


Under new plan Randwick Racecourse site could become primary school


Leesha McKenny Sydney's inner east could secure its first new public primary school in decades.


Uni students studying teaching must pass tough new test to graduate

Prac teacher Emma Semrani with kindergarten kids

Patrick Begley, Alexandra Smith Teaching students in NSW must pass a "tough" new literacy and numeracy test in order to graduate.

12-year-old girls accused of stabbing friend 19 times to appease bogeyman


Raquel Rutledge A community in Milwaukee is stunned after two 12-year-old girls were charged with the brutal stabbing of a friend.


Teen students angry after school photoshops their yearbook pictures

digitally altered yearbook photographs

Rachel Clun A number of teenage girls from a high school in America are upset because their school digitally altered their yearbook photos without their consent, while leaving other students’ photos untouched.

Dads doing dishes help their daughters aim high

What little girls want their daddies to know ...

Letitia Rowlands Dads who help out with chores aren't just helping the household to run smoothly, they are boosting their daughter's career aspirations, according to new research.


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