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.
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.