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Infographic: Student views on starting high school
Infographic: Student views on starting high school

Forums held with students in Years 6, 7 and 8 in Australia on the topic of starting high school have shed light on what concerns them the most about the transition process, and what has been helpful to them along the way. Here, we share some comments from the students.

The impact of COVID on Year 12s and their teachers
The impact of COVID on Year 12s and their teachers

The uncertainty of another pandemic year piled extra pressure on Year 12 students, who were faced with disruptions to their learning and traditional end-of-year celebrations and social events. It’s also taken its toll on teachers of this graduating cohort.

Student welfare: Secondary educators’ support strategies during COVID-19
Student welfare: Secondary educators’ support strategies during COVID-19

‘Educators employ a range of strategies to manage student wellbeing, but the impact of COVID-19 on their approach to this is not yet fully understood.’ Dr Bridianne O’Dea – Senior Research Fellow in youth mental health at the Black Dog Institute – shares the findings of a recent investigation into secondary school educators’ approaches to student mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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.

Researching education: Five further readings on school-community relationships
Researching education: Five further readings on school-community relationships

As a school, fostering strong relationships with the wider community has wide-ranging benefits to student outcomes. In this edition of Researching education: Five further readings, we’re sharing five readings on the topic of school-community relationships.

The Research Files Episode 71: Nature play
The Research Files Episode 71: Nature play

Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education at Southern Cross University, joins The Research Files this month to talk about the Childhood Nature Play study. We’ll be chatting about the different types of nature play, and the teaching and learning resources that have been co-designed as a result of the research project.

‘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?

Disadvantage hindering social and emotional development
Disadvantage hindering social and emotional development

In her final Teacher column of the year, Dr Sue Thomson explores data from a new large-scale survey of young people’s social and emotional skills that reveals significant differences between students from advantaged and disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Infographic: Global status of teachers
Infographic: Global status of teachers

A survey of education officials and union leaders from all levels of education in 94 countries has given insight into how the teacher profession is viewed at a global scale. In this infographic, we share some of the survey responses in relation to K-12 settings.

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.