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NEW VCE Vocational Major: your view

Parents of senior secondary students should have received information from their school about the reforms to senior secondary certificates now being implemented in Victorian schools, under the name, “Many Talents One VCE”. What are the reforms? In a nutshell, the new system will bring both academic and vocational education at senior secondary level under one

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State schools shine in NAPLAN

The Age today published a list of the top 20 most-improved Victorian schools in NAPLAN results – and 16 of them are government schools. According to the article, “Schools with a high proportion of students from first-generation migrant families also dominated the list of high achievers. Between 60 per cent and 90 per cent of

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ACSSO survey – school costs

We know how hard increasing school costs are hitting families – but our Federal Government needs to know too! Will you help ACSSO – the national parent body – collect data on how much your children’s schooling is costing you, so they can speak on your behalf? The ACSSO online parent survey asks what it

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“Among lowest funded in the country”

Victorian school students are among the lowest funded in the country, according to an article in today’s Age – and funding for private schools is growing faster than for government schools. According to the article, “A new Productivity Commission report finds federal and state funding per student in Victorian non-government schools grew 31 per cent over

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School refusal on the rise

The Age reported today on increasing rates of ‘school refusal’. According to the article, “The rate of school refusal in Victoria grew by 50 per cent in the three years to 2021, with almost 12,000 students in government schools – about 2 per cent – officially absent in the second year of the pandemic… School

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School camps pay dispute goes to Fair Work

The Age reports today on the continuing industrial dispute affecting school camps in Victoria. The dispute is over whether teachers should receive time off in lieu for every hour they spend on school camps.  According to the article, “The Australian Education Union has taken the Andrews government and the Department of Education and Training to

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