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For Australian school kids to get the most benefit out of school funding reforms, the Commonwealth government must take a hands-off approach. AAP/Lukas Coch

Why the Commonwealth should resist meddling in schools

The shift in the education debate from "how much" to "how best" is a welcome change, but for students to feel the full benefit the federal government must resist intervening.
The average year nine Indigenous student in a very remote area scores about the same in NAPLAN reading as the average year three non-Indigenous city student, and significantly lower in writing. Aap/Tracey Nearmy

Closing the gap in Indigenous literacy and numeracy? Not remotely – or in cities

Using equivalent year levels provides us with a clearer picture of the gap for Indigenous students, who can be up to an equivalent of 7.7 years behind their non-Indigenous counterparts in writing.
Practically, it must be recognised that full inclusion can only be achieved through a planned transition. Shutterstock

NSW could lead the way in educating students with a disability

Other states have had recent smaller inquiries, but the NSW inquiry into the education of children with a disability was across all systems, and could lead best practice nationally.
Australia’s rigorous health requirements exclude anyone who might be a threat to public health, or with a condition which could place excessive financial demands on public health or community services. Shutterstock

Visa policy for overseas students with a disability is nonsensical and discriminatory

Overseas students with a disability shouldn't be denied visas on the basis of potential cost to Australia’s community or health services. They are required to pay for these services themselves anyway.
Funding dominated the schooling space in 2017, with both sides of politics debating whose funding package benefited which schools the most, and little attention paid to how the money is best spent. Shutterstock

What’s ahead for education policy in 2018

Funding debates dominated most education policy talks in 2017, but discussions look to be extending past the dollar value in 2018 with a number of high profile reports due for release.
Excessively protecting your child and taking over, doesn’t allow them to learn through experience. Shutterstock

Back to school blues: how to help your child with shyness

Loving parent can think of nothing more important than protecting their shy children, but excessively protecting your child and taking over doesn’t allow them to learn through experience.
Given the evidence base, offering mindfulness based yoga programs in schools may help young people learn to manage stress. Shutterstock

Why we should put yoga in the Australian school curriculum

Yoga and mindfulness programs in schools have been proven to mitigate or reduce some of the negative impacts of stress on academic achievement and future outcomes.
Parents can effectively manage their children’s relationships with schools in many positive ways. Shutterstock

How to gently prepare your child for prep

Encouraging positive associations with school, good temperament and keeping communication open between parents, children and teachers can help your child (and you) be more ready for this transition.
The surveyors start out with almost 100,000 graduate contacts, of whom less than 10% provide their supervisor’s details and of those supervisors, less than half participate in the survey. Shutterstock

Surveys are not the best way to measure the performance of Australian universities

An administrative link between a graduate's education and taxation records already exists, and it could be used to give us more accurate and detailed longitudinal analyses of graduate outcomes.
Many students reported regularly going without necessities including food, medications, fuel and prescribed textbooks. Shutterstock

Balancing work and tertiary study is harder now than in 2012: study

The percent of students going without food or other necessities has risen since 2012, with students indicating work-study balance was impacting their daily lives, study success and mental health.
While digital footprints are considered to be a liability, if managed well they can be an asset. Shutterstock

Why children should be taught to build a positive online presence

When it comes to online spaces, children are usually taught about cyber safety and keeping information private, but curating a positive digital footprint could actually benefit them later in life.
Studying can be made easier by removing distractions and spacing study out over a couple months. Shutterstock

Study habits for success: tips for students

It can be hard to get into a study groove, but removing distractions, getting enough sleep, self-testing, spacing out your study and creating memory aids can help students succeed.