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Teacher shortage – PV media comment

The Age reported yesterday on the worsening teacher shortage in Victorian schools. According to the article, “Hundreds of classroom vacancies are going unfilled every week, lessons are being combined or cancelled and student report cards long delayed as a casual teacher shortage pushes already short-staffed schools to desperate measures.” Our CEO Gail McHardy is quoted

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School fetes: PV media comment

A recent article in the Age focused on the increasing size and complexity of school fetes – and the way schools increasingly rely on them to make ends meet. According to the article, “School fetes are ditching 20 cent lucky dips and free petting zoos in favour of large school festivals as they try to

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Rural and regional schools: PV media comment

“Supporting regional and rural schools” was the topic on ABC Radio Melbourne’s Conversation Hour on 18 October. The panel included Parents Victoria CEO Gail McHardy and several others who were also on the panel at our Conference recently. An interesting discussion. You can hear Gail at the 47-minute mark. Listen now

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Unscored VCE: PV media comment

An article in yesterday’s Age examines the trend of more VCE students choosing to do an unscored VCE. According to the article: VCE exam season gets underway on Monday, but if the trend of recent years is anything to go by, more students will have chosen to do an unscored VCE and not sit exams

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Teacher shortage: PV media comment

The Herald-Sun and Leader newspapers reported recently on the teacher shortage in Victorian schools. The article is headlined, “Parents call for transparency as teaching crisis deepens“, and quotes Parents Victoria CEO Gail McHardy: The state’s largest parents’ association says being more transparent with families would ease anger and anxiety about the current teaching crisis. Parents

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Altona Meadows school zone: PV media comment

The Age reports today on the situation in Altona Meadows, in Melbourne’s west, where there are 3 government primary schools but no government secondary school. According to the article, “Every year, families are zoned to high schools in surrounding suburbs including Laverton and Point Cook. Parents face the difficult choice of a twice-daily, one-hour round

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