News: Arnhem Land school develops curriculum to improve mental health

A remote homelands school in the Northern Territory is using Indigenous ideas about wellbeing in its curriculum to improve student mental health. The Yirrkala Homeland School in north-east Arnhem Land has been trying to address high youth suicide rates, self-harm and poor school attendance, according to its teachers. Continue reading at ABC News.

Thinking back to move our English language learners forward

Module 5 concludes our course Teaching students from a refugee background (c) State of NSW (Dept 0f Education) 2016. Looking at the module outline I have been pondering why it bears the simple title, Teaching Writing – but more of that later.   To be able to write well is definitely ‘hard work’. Stephen King says that, the scariest moment is always…

Preparing for NAPLAN

Preparing for NAPLAN can look very different from school to school for a number of reasons. Some schools take the teach to the test approach and others don’t. There is a big focus on NAPLAN through the media and this puts vast amount of pressure on the government, schools, principals, teachers, parents and ultimately the…

New NSW syllabus

The New South Wales Higher School Certificate syllabus has been given a radical overhaul for the first time in 16 years, with a renewed focus on “rigour, thoroughness and depth” in classic learning areas and major changes in year 12 science and history teaching. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) will today publish new syllabus…