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Lesson planning for 2022: Key dates, events and activities
Lesson planning for 2022: Key dates, events and activities

With Term 1 just around the corner in Australia, it’s a great time to start brainstorming events and themes to tie in to your lesson planning for the new school year. We’ve rounded up some of the key dates in each term to help get you started.

Five tips from school leaders on learning through COVID
Five tips from school leaders on learning through COVID

The Connection is a network of high-performing school leaders working in some of Australia’s most challenged communities. They’ve been reflecting on successful practices in their own schools since the start of the pandemic. Today’s article shares their top five recommendations for learning through COVID.

Student perspectives on starting high school
Student perspectives on starting high school

Researchers have held forums with students about their views on moving up to high school and, in a new report, share that students are most concerned about academic expectations, high school systems and social challenges during the transition process.

School leadership: Moving to a team teaching approach
School leadership: Moving to a team teaching approach

The leadership team at Suncoast Christian College in Queensland has been working hard to open up classrooms, encourage greater sharing of practice, and make the shift to a more collaborative model of planning, teaching and assessment. We find out more from Principal Greg Mattiske and Director of Teaching and Learning Haley Whitfield.

‘Invisible transitions’ – supporting students who enrol unexpectedly
‘Invisible transitions’ – supporting students who enrol unexpectedly

It’s common for schools to begin supporting first year primary school students and their families through the transition process before the school year begins. But, what about students who enrol unexpectedly? How can you, your colleagues and the school community support these students through the transition process?

Strengthening your school’s approach to financial education
Strengthening your school’s approach to financial education

Several states have banned financial institutions from delivering banking and branded education programs in schools, paving the way for school-led programs free from commercial interests. In today’s reader submission Carly Sawatzki, Jill Brown, and Peter Saffin outline some guiding criteria to help schools consider ways to strengthen their financial education programs.

Four key attributes of high-impact leadership in regional, rural and remote schools
Four key attributes of high-impact leadership in regional, rural and remote schools

A report released by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, addresses the unique challenges faced by school leaders in regional, rural and remote schools and outlines four key qualities of school leaders achieving high impact in these settings.

School leadership: Enhancing learning environments through trauma-aware practice
School leadership: Enhancing learning environments through trauma-aware practice

In a recent Teacher article, Ben Sacco from the MacKillop Institute discussed three elements that can directly support schools to improve teaching, learning and wellbeing – safety, relational trust, and shared language. In this follow-up, Sacco, and St Pius X Deputy Principal Stacey Atkins and Principal Joe Ewing share how the Catholic primary school has been putting these elements into action.

School leadership: When positivity gets out of hand
School leadership: When positivity gets out of hand

‘How do you respond when leaders opt for optimism, in order to skim over dealing with the real issues that your school and community are cultivating, because it is easier to deny they exist?’ What happens when positivity gets out of hand, and how can we best respond to those who refuse to acknowledge the bad times?

Q&A: Implementing a national tutoring programme
Q&A: Implementing a national tutoring programme

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Education Endowment Foundation designed and established the National Tutoring Programme in England, with the aim to support the educational outcomes of children from disadvantaged families. In today’s Q&A, we sit down with Emily Yeomans from EFF to discuss the design and implementation, challenges, and key lessons learned that could help others in the future.