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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.

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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.

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Results from the 2017 NAPLAN results showed very little improvement since the test was introduced 10 years ago. Richard Wainwright/AAP

NAPLAN has done little to improve student outcomes

NAPLAN is good at measuring some aspects of education, including knowledge difference between demographics, but has not produced a positive effect on student learning outcomes.

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