Lea Waters New research in the fields of psychology, education and neuroscience shows teaching meditation in schools is having positive effects on students' well-being, social skills and academic skills.
Rachael Sharman Why inclusion of kids with special needs in mainstream schools can sometimes do more harm than good.
Loren Smith What do you do when a six-year-old asks the tough questions? Well, if you’re anything like nonconformist politician Ricky Muir, you respond sincerely and empathically.
A logic puzzle that baffles adults can supposedly be solved by children in seconds.
David M. Perry There were 23 names on the flier, detailing who was in each play on a given day. My son, a second-grader with Down syndrome was conspicuously absent.
Carolyn Swindell A public school in Sydney's west changed things up at a special Grandparents Day for kindergarten this week.
Livia Gamble It all comes down to who your child is as an individual.
Catherine Rodie All children develop their reading at a different pace, it isn't helpful to make comparisons but how do you know if they need extra help?
Rachel Browne Working mums have daughters who are better educated and higher earning while their sons do more housework and childcare.
Rachel Browne One in four students with disabilities have been refused enrolment and many are regularly excluded from excursions and extra-curricular activities a new survey has found.
Catherine Rodie Punctuality has never been my strong point. So when I read that some schools in the UK are fining parents the equivalent of $117 when their kids are late I was horrified.
Eryk Bagshaw More than a million students will put pen to paper Tuesday for the first of the 2015 NAPLAN exams.
Peter Holley Kaitlyn Walls, a single mother who has been job-hunting for months, thought she'd finally caught a break when she landed a new position at a childcare centre.
Alexandra Smith A NSW Department of Education audit reveals it's the teacher, not the type of class, that makes a difference to students.
Livia Gamble A US high school teacher was brought to tears when a waitress contacted him to say she had received a large tip in honour of his late son.
Rebecca Martin Got kids? Then rest assured; sooner or later everyone's favourite scratchy mate will make an appearance at your house. More than once.
Amy Joyce Alcohol is still the drug of choice for youth and parents often forget about that, leaving this conversation far too late.
Livia Gamble Teaching young children bush safety is as simple as putting a whistle around their neck.
Linley Cornish Often when students are placed in a composite or multi-age class, parents of the younger children worry they won’t be able to keep up. Parents of the older children worry their advanced needs won’t be met.
Kevin Donnelly The place of religions and belief systems, especially Christianity, in the school curriculum is a sensitive issue provoking much discussion and debate in Australia.
Danielle Teutsch At the beginning of every school year I organise a meeting with my daughter's primary school teacher to renegotiate the homework.
Judy Holland When parents and educators launched the "self-esteem" movement in the 1980s, lavishly praising kids and handing out trophies to all, they expected everyone would try harder. But the opposite was true.
Ryan Spencer Reading (and writing) is very much a developmental process, which can look very different for different children, regardless of their age.
Alexandra Smith Public school principals will crack down on family holidays during term time and parents now have to submit their itinerary and copies of plane tickets along with a justification of the benefit of their trip before removing their children from class.
Livia Gamble After spending all day in a classroom, the last thing kids want to do when they get home from school is more work.
Jorge Branco A Queensland schoolboy was just trying to relieve himself when he stumbled across a poisonous snake in the school toilet block.
A number of primary schools and childcare centres have been closed as Tropical Cyclone Marcia, which is off the central Queensland coast, intensifies to a category five storm.
Anonymous To have such an important and large role in a child's life should be an honour not a cross you have to bear.
Ryan Spencer Engaging boys in reading can be tough. Many parents find that their boys either aren’t interested in sitting still long enough, or they often perceive reading as a “girl thing”.
Laura Donnelly A new study is calling for a change in education so that “life skills” are given the same attention as reading and writing.
Linda J. Graham Why these children are slipping through the cracks and what needs to be done to address it.
Jo Hartley 'Mindfulness' is the buzzword on everyone's lips but how can it help kids?
Jared Cooney Horvath An ever-growing number of brain-training programs have been developed and marketed for use in the classroom but do they actually work? That depends on your purpose.
Michele Freeman Have we become so obsessed with testing that we have forgotten to allow children to learn properly by engaging with what they are doing?
Lisa Bryant The benefits of preschool education are well known, so why is NSW funding its preschools so poorly compared to other states?
Catherine Rodie Silent letters and double consonants would be removed from the English language in proposed changes by the UK spelling society.
Simone Ziaziaris Parents have a huge influence on how their children socialise in the schoolyard whether they like it or not.
Kim Stephens Up to 5000 four-year-olds could go straight to prep this year.
Ryan Spencer Here is why you should encourage your kids to keep reading over the summer break and how to do it.
Linda McIver Only you can decide whether your child needs to be accelerated, writes teacher, Linda McIver.
NSW public schools will soon have to report on their academic performance and teaching methods as part of a plan to lift student results.
Letitia Rowlands Nobody is perfect, so the saying goes. However, as my son ends his first year at school, I think the words "except kindergarten teachers" need to be added to the end of the popular adage.
Lisa Schofield Christmas is the perfect time to help children develop understanding and empathy for those in need. Here are 10 ways they can do something meaningful to helps others.
Justine Roberts The nativity play has an unfailing capacity to provoke tantrums, foot-stamping and rivalry - and the children can also be unpredictable, reports Justine Roberts of Mumsnet.
Elana Benjamin Why do schools – and school reports – continue to prioritise academic achievement at the expense of social-emotional learning, despite research linking the two?
Elana Benjamin Rote learning is out of vogue. That was the message I took home from a recent maths information night at my children’s primary school. And it cemented my concerns about the current approach to teaching some basic arithmetic.
Kerri Sackville As someone who has experienced it firsthand, Kerri Sackville shares why she cautions all parents against acceleration.
Ryan Spencer Picking up a book and reading and encouraging your child to do the same is one of the easiest ways to re-engage children with reading. The tips below encourage just that – reading as fun and as an act of love.
Amy Murray Are you worried about the impact of a particular child in your child's class? The one who hits, disrupts, and negatively influences your own? Here a teacher tells you all the things you really need to know.
Jessica Edward, Amanda Hoh "Abdicate", "neurology", "stringent", ''rhetorical''. These are the words that made eight-year-old Grace Du the NSW junior spelling champion.
Claire Spicer As other students settle down to read, to learn, and to memorise, students with learning difficulties are often struggling with internal questions and doubts.
Amy McNeilage and Alexandra Smith Principal Richard Ford said almost all the school's students have had a tough start to life and some children arrived at the school with the development of a three-year-old.
The much awaited review of the National Curriculum has finally been released with the reviewers calling for more of a focus on Western literature, and recognition of Australia’s “Judeo-Christian” heritage.
Danielle Colley Every weekday afternoon at 3pm, ordinary folk prepare for battle. With narrowed eyes, and teeth bared, parents are inching along in their cars outside school pick-up zones just waiting for tempers to erupt.
Megan Blandford If you have long since forgotten your school math days here is what kids need to learn and how you can help.
Jewel Topsfield Primary school students are increasingly being farmed out to other classes when their teacher is away in a cost-saving move that teachers say is harming children's learning.
Christine Cunningham If we are to grow to be a tolerant, cohesive and culturally diverse nation we need to start with our children.
Briony Scott There is no asterisk in child protection law that allows some children to be exempt, and yet children in detention seem unreachable.
Liz Evans If you struggle to get more than one or two words out of your kids about their day at school here are 25 questions you can ask to get a whole lot more information.
Maggie Dent Is fear-based thinking about to steal childhood altogether? The cartwheel ban at a Sunshine Coast school is making Maggie Dent wonder what society will ban next.