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Supporting students through prolonged absences due to serious illness
Supporting students through prolonged absences due to serious illness

When students experience prolonged absences from school due to serious illness, it can bring up unique emotional, social and educational challenges for the student, their teacher and classmates. In this article, Year 5 teacher at Waverly College, Jennifer Hoare, shares some strategies the school uses to support students experiencing illness.

School Improvement Episode 41: Working collaboratively to improve student outcomes
School Improvement Episode 41: Working collaboratively to improve student outcomes

In this podcast, we’re joined by Trent Cowley, Principal at Kingston State School. Trent shares what it means to him to be a visible leader, how he’s working to build staff capacity, and the impact that his collaboration with other principals in the area has had on student outcomes.

Photo story: Building a school community from scratch
Photo story: Building a school community from scratch

For the past 7 months, Principal Ray Boyd and Associate Principal Rachael Lehr have been growing the school community for their new school, West Swan (Dayton) Primary School (planning name), as it’s built in Perth, Western Australia. In today’s photo story, we share some of the key moments from their journey so far.

How to build collaborative relationships between families and schools
How to build collaborative relationships between families and schools

How can schools better engage families in their students’ learning? Dr Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution, shares the findings from a research initiative she has led at CUE on school engagement with families, along with some practical tips for building school-family engagement.

The Research Files Episode 74: The power of reading aloud in school and at home
The Research Files Episode 74: The power of reading aloud in school and at home

How can we support reading aloud in the early years, at school and at home? And how does reading aloud affect our lives in the long term? Today, we’ll be speaking with Professor Emerita Rosemary Johnston AM, who shares some of the research on the benefits and joys of reading aloud and how we can continue to support reading aloud at school and at home.

Home reading experiences that support continued reading development at school
Home reading experiences that support continued reading development at school

Home support of children’s literacy skills in the early years is a well-known indicator of their reading progress at the start of school. A new study has explored how different reading experiences at home have an impact on children’s continued reading development at school.

School playgroup exemplar – building a strong school community
School playgroup exemplar – building a strong school community

Phillippa Adgemis is Principal at Coldstream Primary School – one of the six schools highlighted in a recent Australian study exploring the common features of exemplary school playgroups. In this article, she shares more about how the playgroup is run, and the effect it has had on the school.

Six features of high-performing school playgroups
Six features of high-performing school playgroups

School playgroups benefit children, their families, schools and communities. New Australian research has identified six key features of high-performing school playgroups.

Preschool parents’ confidence in fostering reading and maths skills
Preschool parents’ confidence in fostering reading and maths skills

Effective teacher-parent relationships and parent engagement in their child’s learning improves student outcomes. Researchers in the United States have surveyed parents and carers of preschoolers about their role in their child’s learning, and the support they’d like from teachers.

Developing a lifelong learning mindset in students
Developing a lifelong learning mindset in students

‘In a digital society threatened by various disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic, lifelong learning attitudes have become even more crucial in fostering the resilience and adaptation of youngsters.’ In his latest Teacher column, Andreas Schleicher discusses how teachers, schools, education systems and parents can influence the development of lifelong learning attitudes.