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Why are they essential to your child’s success in maths?  Bronwyn Reid O'Connor and Ben Zunica believe these ideas will give you the tools you need to help your child develop mathematics skills. One of the essential skills students need to master in primary school mathematics...

‘I have been ground down’: about 50% of Australian principals and other school leaders are thinking of quitting. Paul Kidson, Herb Marsh and Theresa Dicke investigate the problem. Australia’s school principals collectively manage nearly 3 million students and staff. But who is responsible for them? Since 2011,...

'No mullets, no mohawks, no ‘awkwardly contrasting colours’.  Researcher Kayla Mildren looks at disputes over school uniform policies and why they often involve hair. A Queensland dad recently took his four-year-old son out of the Gold Coast’s A.B. Paterson College because the school had ordered the...

Marilyn Campbell and Elizabeth J Edwards looked at all the recent evidence on mobile phone bans in schools – this is what they found. Mobile phones are currently banned in all Australian state schools and many Catholic and independent schools around the country. This is part...

Researchers Jenny Gore and Drew Miller look at ways to improve teaching by boosting teachers’ morale and lifting student outcomes at the same time. Australian schools are facing unsustainable pressures. There are almost daily reports of too many students falling behind and not enough teachers to...

Sexism, misogyny and gendered violence are now part of Australia’s national conversation, writes Dr Catherine Smith This article contains references to offensive language Recently, several male students from the elite Yarra Valley Grammar in Melbourne’s east were expelled after they put together a spreadsheet rating the attractiveness...

Research by Anabela Malpique, Deborah Pino Pasternak and Susan Ledger, shows children produce better pieces of writing by hand. But they need keyboard skills too Children today are growing up surrounded by technology. So it’s easy to assume they will be able to write effectively using a...