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The overall infant mortality rate more than halved between 1986 and 2014. from www.shutterstock.com.au

A snapshot of children’s health in Australia

This infographic provides a snapshot of children's health in Australia, from mortality and chronic conditions to the risk factors adversely affecting our children's health.
For some parents, home schooling helps to focus on a child’s individual needs, rather than just on grades. from www.shutterstock.com

More parents are choosing to home school their children – why?

Home-schooled children appear to do neither worse nor better than those who attend regular school, so why is there an increasing number of parents who are opting for their child to be educated at home?
Six year olds are deciding whether they are good readers or not based on how many books they’ve read. from www.shutterstock.com

How should reading be taught in schools?

Reading is increasingly being reduced to a numbers game in schools.
Students at Heritage College Lake Macquarie taking it in turns to draw each other in 3-5 minutes in a rapid drawing learning activity.

Why is teaching kids to draw not a more important part of the curriculum?

Drawing can help us to think creatively and develop hand-eye coordination. But an insecurity around 'not being able to draw' is preventing many high-school students from using this skill.
More training is needed to help teachers understand how to better support students with disability. from www.shutterstock.com

Children with disability are being excluded from education

Schools are deliberately disregarding disability standards through rejecting school places, being reluctant to make teaching adjustments and having poor attitudes towards disability.
Isolating a child from their peers does nothing to address the underlying concerns that may have lead to a child behaving in this way. from www.shutterstock.com

Children with sexualised behaviours need support, not silence and stigma

The cultures of silence and denial that surround child sexualised behaviours mean that adults often lack the information they need to respond appropriately.

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