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Displaying artwork on school grounds
Displaying artwork on school grounds

Russell Vale Public School recently commissioned a local artist to revamp buildings in the school grounds. Here, Principal Paul Cuthbertson shares why the school decided to commission the work, and why it was important to depict local wildlife.

How well do grades convey student attainment and progress?
How well do grades convey student attainment and progress?

‘Grades do not assist parents to see and monitor their children’s growth in an area of learning across the years of school.’ In his new Teacher column, Professor Geoff Masters AO explores why there is such a mismatch between parents’ beliefs in their child’s learning, and how ready the child is for the year’s curriculum.

Video: Using student feedback to inform change
Video: Using student feedback to inform change

In his first video for the new school year, Greg Whitby sits down with Renee Blyth from Xavier College in Llandilo, western Sydney, to discuss how staff have maintained a culture of continuous change at the school.

Q&A: Developing an evidence-based staff wellbeing program
Q&A: Developing an evidence-based staff wellbeing program

What would happen if you listened to your staff and students about what their reality is like, and then wrote a school-wide wellbeing framework and curriculum that responded specifically to their needs? At Indie School Elizabeth in South Australia, a targeted approach to addressing the complex wellbeing needs of students led to a brave reimagining of staff wellbeing strategies and processes.

Leadership: Making school improvement happen
Leadership: Making school improvement happen

Pamela Macklin and Vic Zbar have just released an updated second edition of Driving School Improvement: Practical strategies and tools. In this Q&A they discuss a common improvement challenge faced by leaders, and share examples of how different schools are meeting this challenge.

Students’ views on leaders and leadership
Students’ views on leaders and leadership

What do you understand by the term ‘leadership’? Who do you consider to be a good leader and what are the attributes that make them so? Researchers asked Middle Years school students in Australia these questions. Find out what they said in today’s article.

Unexpected findings – what students told us about remote learning during COVID-19
Unexpected findings – what students told us about remote learning during COVID-19

‘While it will take us some time before we understand the full effect of temporary school closures on student learning long term, we’ve (in the meantime) learnt some important things to inform our teaching practices going forward.’

Evidence-based school improvement – from vision to implementation
Evidence-based school improvement – from vision to implementation

‘Implementation is a process not an event’ became a cornerstone phrase for Liam Stakelum as he led change within Marist College Canberra. With co-authors Dr Tanya Vaughan and Susannah Schoeffel he discusses the vision for change, the move from evidence to practice and the implementation process.

How ‘student voice' has evolved over time
How ‘student voice' has evolved over time

The emerging definition of ‘student voice’ involves young people in a true partnership with adults, so they can influence what happens to them in school, and become meaningfully involved in their own learning. In today’s article Roger Holdsworth from the Youth Research Centre at The University of Melbourne discusses how the definition has evolved since it first emerged in the 1980s.

How do Australian students see their teachers?
How do Australian students see their teachers?

‘In a year that has seen a great deal of disruption to classes, the relationship between students and their teachers has become far more important.’ In her new column, Dr Sue Thomson explores the latest report from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and offers insights into how Australian students perceive their teachers.