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.
Tracey Prisk, Michael Koziol Students with mental health issues have been called “morons” and “village idiots” by their school principal in a bizarre letter circulated to staff of an Orange primary school.
Tim Barlass More than 5000 trees have been chopped down at schools across NSW following the playground death of eight-year-old Bridget Wright who was killed by a falling limb from a gum tree in February.
Alexandra Smith The number of children missing out on compulsory education is unknown to the NSW Department of Education, even though it is illegal for parents to keep their children away from school if they are not registered for home schooling.
Crispin Hull Mounting evidence suggests that investing in a private school education for your child is a waste of money.
Book Week will be held 16th – 22nd August 2014 in Australia with the theme of Connect To Reading. Does this cause stress and panic for parents in their quest to help their kids with a Book Week parade costume? Don’t worry, we are here to help.
Megan Levy A group of youths accused of launching a stream of anti-Semitic abuse at Jewish primary school children on board a bus in Sydney's east, were dressed in school uniforms and produced bus passes to board the vehicle, say police.
Tania Connolly Melissa* was only seven when she asked her mother if she could be homeschooled. For most of Year Two her hair was pulled, she was pinched and verbally abused.
Alexandra Smith, Amy McNeilage Parents who cannot secure after-school care or who want to avoid paying the fees are relying on teachers to be defacto babysitters outside school hours, principals and childcare groups warn.
Karen Andrews Once her eldest started school, Karen Andrews found that her daughter had lost interest in reading so she set out to help her rediscover the joys of getting lost in a good book.
Julia Cahill Was your son reluctant to return to school this term? Does he claim to be bored in the classroom? Here is how some schools are attempting to keep things interesting for their students.
Amy McNeilage Despite warning from experts, thousands of NSW parents are insisting their children repeat a year of school.
Paul Chai Can you decipher what your child's teacher has written in their report card? Paul Chai has had enough of the corporate speak and 'compliment sandwich'.
Colleen Mastony "What's wrong with that baby's face?" These were the words that prompted Kerry Lynch to show children her disabled daughter was not that different from them.
Rebecca English Imagine a school where the students have equal say with the teachers, principal and governors in all areas of school life. Welcome to the world of democratic schooling.
Kylie Orr How can we reduce the incidence of child sexual abuse? Kylie Orr looks at the most powerful weapon we have against it – confident, educated and empowered children.
Natalie Bochenski Chaplains look to Commonwealth for alternative funding after High Court ruled against federal funding of the program.
Jane Lee, Matthew Knott High Court has ruled in favour of a Queensland father who challenged federal funding for the national school chaplains program but the Abbott government remains committed to the program.
Sam Rigney When Mel Wellham collapsed in the kitchen of her Newcastle home last year, her five-year-old son Myles knew what to do.
Gabe McGrath Actress and producer, Jane Kennedy shares her love of reading with her five kids and why she is excited to be a part of the National Simultaneous Storytime.