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.
Diana Worthy Nothing can dampen the spirits of schoolboys Cody and Aron Salisbury despite their lengthy and unusual daily commute to school by road and sea.
BROOKE LUMSDEN Research has shown that Montessori educated children are, on average, ahead in various areas of development, but how do you know if it’s right for your child?
RACHEL OLDING The Sydney mother responsible for accidentally running over a group of Carlingford Public School children on the last day of school last year is “extremely grieved” by the experience, says lawyer.
Alexandra Smith Parents increasingly opting to wait for their child's NAPLAN results before seeking coaching rather than cramming for the tests beforehand.
Brian Cambourne Teaching kids to read isn’t just about learning the alphabet or “sounding out”, it’s about making sense of what’s on the page
Julia Cahill I can’t say how much I am looking forward to the beginning of term tomorrow. Almost as much, I think, as I was looking forward to the first day of the school holidays.
Deborah Gough, Ed Bodkin Sky-watchers will be watching the horizon to the east as they venture out for a glimpse of the totally eclipsed moon rising at sunset on Tuesday night.
Julie Power, Amy McNeilage, staff writers The popularity of loom bands and bracelets has drawn the ire of some NSW school principals, who are banning the woven accessories from the playground.
Garth Stahl and Pete Dale What is the real reason for boys underachieving in formal schooling?
JO HARTLEY 'Pay It Forward Day' is teaching children one of life's most valuable lessons.
Cassy Small Families were confronted with images of female genitalia and a large statue of a naked woman complete with a crawling tunnel for kids at a recent art festival in Geelong but did it cross the line?
SARAH MACDONALD Schools are banning red pen in the name of positivity, but are we going too far?
LIVIA GAMBLE Despite the hours of entertainment Mickey and Friends provide for kids a new study suggests the unrealistic nature of these cartoons hinders the way children learn about animals and the natural world.
Anne Castles, Kevin Wheldall, Mandy Nayton A controversial call for the term "dyslexia" to be abandoned. Authors of a new book, The Dyslexia Debate, argue it is an imprecise label that does nothing to assist the children to whom it is applied.
COSIMA MARRINER Victims of schoolyard bullying who have strong social skills and little difficulty with school work are likely to emerge unscathed by the experience in the longer term.
Nyree McFarlane This unscripted video of NZ children talking about the world melted our hearts.
With literacy being redefined by educators to include among other essential skills, the ability to read, view and create visual and digital texts; comics are increasingly being used as a learning tool in classrooms.
Megan Levy with Saffron Howden At least three students and a teacher were injured when a large branch fell off a gum tree at a primary school in Sydney's north-west on Friday.
JO HARTLEY A recent study undertaken in the UK revealed that nearly two thirds of adults stepped in to help with their children’s homework. But are you helping or hindering them in the long term?
Josefa Pete A refrigerator door can only display so much and soon piles on kitchen bench tops can become mountains of arts and crafts. Here are eight ways you can store and display your child's artwork before it overtakes your home.
Rebecca Hiscott 'Hello Ruby' is a Kickstarter-funded book for kids that aims to teach programming principles to children by showing them that coding can be just as fun as pen and paper when used to tell stories.
SAMAN SHAD On her daughter's first day of school Saman Shad discovered just how difficult it can be to not project your own issues on to your children.
RACHEL BROWNE Teaching children how to read is increasingly being outsourced to well-meaning volunteers rather than qualified professionals, according to leading author Jackie French.
Cassy Small When her son started school Cassy Small was a ball of nerves but not for the reasons you'd expect.
LAKSHMI SINGH The extracurricular activities you never knew existed and why they might be just what your child is looking for.
AMY MCNEILAGE Children in Australia start school younger than almost anywhere else in the developed world, up to two years ahead of students in top-performing countries such as Finland and Korea.
LIVIA GAMBLE From the moment he walked on stage, the smooth-talking prodigy was all complements and hugs for his favourite talk show host.
Christopher Pyne All those interested in Australia having a quality education system whereby our international performance in literacy and mathematics is going up - not down, as is presently the case - should welcome the review of the national curriculum.
KATIE CARLIN If you’re still trying to master the art of falling in love these two adorable eight-year-olds have the answer for you in a 24-step guide handwritten on a napkin and bound together with trusty staples.
Thuy Yau Children love to ask questions and parents can often tire of answering them but encouraging their curiosity has long-lasting benefits.
KYLIE ORR We all want our children to forge their own path but secretly we'd also like them to at least feign interest in our own passions - Kylie Orr discovered that is definitely not the case in her home.
Amanda Hoh "Dear little boy in heaven, my family feels very sorry for what happened yesterday at my school. I hope you are now in heaven without the pain you had yesterday. Rest in peace. Teresa."
Rachel Olding A Carlingford mother who fatally struck a child outside a primary school was performing a three-point turn, police have revealed.
Nova Weetman Inquiry-based learning allowed students at this inner north primary school to step inside the life of a child refugee living in detention. What happened next moved parents to tears.
KATIE CARLIN Christian Bucks, a second-grader from York in America, came up with a heart-warming idea to ensure children in his schoolyard need never feel lonely again.
Amy McNeilage A NSW primary school has banned girls from wearing shorts and made the wearing of dresses mandatory against the wishes of a number of students and their parents.
Gareth Hutchens Former members of the Gonski review panel have joined a formal coalition of school principals, charities and church groups calling on the federal government to use the ''Gonski'' model to fund Australia's schools.
Mark Kenny, Anna Patty The debate over the Gonski school reforms has caused a serious rift between governments after Premier Barry O'Farrell blasted his federal colleagues for abandoning the funding agreement he struck with the former Labor government.
Misty Adoniou Spelling remains the most relentlessly tested of all the literacy skills, but it is the least taught - how we are approaching spelling lessons all wrong and what we need to do about it.
KATIE CARLIN A self-proclaimed ordinary family gives their daughters 100 extraordinary challenges to entice them away from the television and into the great outdoors.
VICTORIA BIRCH With parents now more educated than any generation before them, there is a sense that acceptable isn’t good enough.
Maria Kyriacou As kindergarten students of 2013 complete their first school year, a new crop of children are getting ready for their turn at this pivotal milestone.
Misty Adoniou Australia's literacy scores are dropping because children are not comprehending what they are reading, argues Misty Adoniou, and this is what she proposes we need to do.
RACHEL BROWNE Two new books arrive in the Hobson family's mailbox every month, one for four-year-old Emma and one for baby Samuel.
Mashable Help the kids discover the fascinating world of science with these five fun experiments you can set up with materials easily found around the home.
Kim Arlington The bushfires were closing in around their school. The flames had razed homes and were threatening others. But the teachers and staff of St Thomas Aquinas Primary in Springwood remained calm as they led their pupils 2.5kilometres to safety.
Jodie Benveniste What lessons do you need to teach your kids, and what lessons do they need to learn for themselves?