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?
CAROLYN TATE Being the new kid at school can be tough but Carolyn Tate is determined to help smooth her daughter's transition into her new school with these helpful tips.
Kate Clifford A protest outside the Lennon Bros Circus turned ugly yesterday when activists' "forced" pamphlets into the hands of children and locked teenagers in cages.
Staff Writers Great books for your little one who is heading off to preschool, kinder, fyos, prep. Track them down at your local book shop or library to help introduce the new experience of going to school with your little one.
KIRSTY NEEDHAM Siblings are being prevented from enrolling in the same school as their older brothers or sisters as the number of children in Sydney's inner city swells, squeezing classroom space and forcing public school boundaries to tighten.
Melody McCabe Super cute and super smart go super well together - just watch this interview on Ellen with 5-year-old Marshall.
Wendy Preston Be inspired by what artists have produced – then it’s your turn to have a go, writes Wendy Preston.
BROOKE LUMSDEN Is it better to leave your child where they are or switch schools knowing they might have to face the same problems? How to know when to stay and when to go.
Linda Morris In the Pitjantjatjara language Miss Lorraine teaches there are no words to describe what lies before her: the Sydney Opera House, a deep harbour puddling its feet and clusters of office towers.
Sally Young Perceived advantages of private schools have led to a gradual exodus of students from state education, a trend out of step with the world.
Deborah Gough Parents who stop reading to their children once they reach primary school are missing out on an emotionally rich time and could also miss out on the benefits of reading aloud in old age, a literacy expert has said.
Julia Cahill Julia Cahill faced some hard truths about herself after signing up for her children's school fundraising committee.
Thuy Yau Is your child a high achieving dreamer? Here is how to encourage their dreams while also building resilience.
Staff writers Have you already sorted your child's Book Week costume? If you are planning on a last minute creation this weekend take a look through some of our galleries with your kids to help them make a decision.
VICTORIA BIRCH How to teach children to value people with disabilities and differences, not pity or exclude them.
LINDY ALEXANDER Getting children outside has never been more popular with a wave of 'bush kinders’ teaching preschoolers the benefits of nature.
Stephanie Brown Why parents shouldn’t leave their kids completely alone with their books once they can read.
Jewel Topsfield and Daniel Hurst The federal government has struck a national deal with the Catholic sector on school funding reforms, placing further pressure on the hold-out states to sign up to the deal.
AMY MCNEILAGE After-school care that is open until 7pm and places reserved for children in an emergency situation are just two of the ideas that could be trialled as the federal government looks at creative ways to increase access to out of school hours care.
BROOKE LUMSDEN It's a scenario many parents know all too well, and as it turns out, there may not only be a legitimate reason, but also a way to end the frustration.
Jewel Topsfield, Josephine Tovey Hundreds of thousands of children will be assessed when they start kindergarten to find out if they are at risk of falling behind and need extra help under the federal government's education reforms.
Annemarie Laurence A speech pathologist tells us why kindergarten is two years too late for helping children with speech problems.
Phillip Ly, Nicky Phillips, Amy McNeilage Parents are applauding efforts by primary schools to drop stressful, time-consuming homework, even as experts say it is often parents who push for teachers to set homework in the first place.
Dr Deb Anderson, Monash University Artists and educators have teamed up to find innovative ways of helping children learn social skills.
Andrew Oxlade Calls for financial education in primary schools after study finds good - and bad - habits set in early.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY Four young girls who were the victims of an alleged assault at Haberfield Public School returned to class on Monday, amid debate about whether stricter security measures such as CCTV were required at primary schools.
NICK O'MALLEY Fears have mounted that as many as two dozen school children may have been killed in the massive tornado that struck the suburbs of Oklahoma City.
Maggie Dent Boys will be boys, they tell us, but how many of us actually take this adage to heart and embrace it?
Carolyn Boyd Just how much do school zones impact property prices?
COSIMA MARRINER Schools are introducing rules for how parents and teachers should interact as part of a growing push back against families who hover too much.
JUDITH IRELAND The average school student would be $4000 better off over the next six years, provided the federal government gets an agreement from the states on its long-awaited school education reforms.
About 500 families will be given access to after-hours childcare under government trials to make the system more flexible.
COSIMA MARRINER Schools must weave creativity through their teaching to produce students who will thrive in the digital world where any fact can be Googled in an instant, educators warn.
VICTORIA BIRCH A comprehensive guide to help parents and carers know more about ethics classes in schools.
Amy McNeilage Shakespeare has long been a challenging, and often fiercely resisted, element of high school English.
Josephine Tovey, Georgina Mitchell When it comes to where their children will be educated, many parents are making decisions based on reasons other than religion.
Jean Kemshal-Bell Going back to school can be a drag - for kids and parents. But there are ways to shake the post-holiday blues and get the school year off to a great start. Check out these tips and inspiring Melbourne initiatives.
QUIRKY KID Is cultural diversity embraced in Australian schools? How parents and schools can help foster acceptance and understanding in children.
JO CASAMENTO The online feed stopped me in my tracks. ''Boy, 5, killed while crossing road on way to kindergarten.''
Maggie Dent The recent ‘hugging ban’ in a primary school in WA has triggered quite a response across Australia.
LAKSHMI SINGH In Australia, there are around 10,000 families registered to home-school their child and the number is set to grow.
Anna Fienberg The library is a magical place, inhabited by a cast of invisible people who conduct their lives off stage, yet when introduced to us can transform our world forever.
Staff writers Suri Cruise is settling into life in New York City but where does the world’s most famous six-year-old go to school?
JUSTINE DAVIES The issue of private versus public school funding is a topic that is guaranteed to cause disagreements but what would it actually cost the taxpayer if funding to private schools were cut?
BIANCA HALL Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she would introduce legislation by the end of the year for a national overhaul of school funding designed to raise the performance of Australian students to the top five countries for maths, science and reading by 2025.
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN This week, Drummoyne Public School has banned three of the last remaining ways to have actual fun in the playground - handstands, cartwheels and somersaults.
Chris Bonnor What makes a good school? It is students' engagement in learning that matters - not superficial results on a website.
Cosima Marriner Parents are pressuring schools into buying iPads for the classroom, despite a lack of evidence about their educational benefit, no guidelines for teaching with them, and confusion about the best apps to use.
Parents need to be vigilant about the effects of constant stimulation, writes Andrew Stevenson