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Parents scrambling after Willoughby Council shuts down childcare centre

Parents are racing to find suitable childcare after the council voted to close an Out of School Hours (OOSH) centre with just five weeks’ notice despite community protest.

  • by Kiran Gupta


Teachers with specific skills should be able to apply for specialist roles with significantly higher salaries.

Premier needs to listen and learn

We now have a premier who wants to be known as “the education premier”. How about consulting those who do the job every day, premier?

Michael Podgoetsky.

Sydney limo driver ‘couldn’t cope with the stress’ after sparking COVID outbreak, lockdown

A year after lockdown began, Michael Podgoetsky - also known as the limo driver who was patient zero - says he still thinks about the controversy every day.

  • by Jordan Baker and Amelia McGuire
The King’s School in Parramatta.

Plan for plunge pool at headmaster’s residence at King’s fuels tension

The news comes on top of fee rises for students and a fierce debate about a recent rowing trip by the headmaster to the UK.

  • by Lucy Carroll and Jordan Baker
Indigenous students boarding at the Haileybury Rendall School in Darwin, NT.
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The Age photos of the week, June 24, 2022

The week in photos from our award winning staff photographers and regular contributing photographers at The Age.

Teachers with specific skills should be able to apply for specialist roles with significantly higher salaries.

Unvaccinated teachers allowed back to work from next term under new proposal

Unvaccinated teachers will be able to return to work from the first day of term three under a plan that could see hundreds of casual staff allowed back in classrooms from next month.

  • by Lucy Carroll
Mia from Key College.

Mia used to barely attend school. Now she has perfect attendance

Independent school Key College in Merrylands aims to get non-attenders back in the classroom. 

  • by Daniella White
Teachers are leaving the sector because they don’t feel supported.

Teachers the fall guys for a failing system

Proposed changes to education policy - like performance pay for teachers - are unlikely to work if systemic problems and societal factors continue to be ignored.

  • by Jenny Gore and Nicole Mockler
NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns delivers his 2022-2023 NSW State Budget reply.

NSW Labor vows to deliver pre-kindergarten sooner than state government

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns has revealed the first of the policies he will take to next year’s state election, saying Labor would build 100 government preschools located alongside primary schools in its first four years in office.

  • by Lucy Cormack
The new principal of St Catherine’s will have to attest that they believe marriage is between a man and a woman.

St Catherine’s parents enlist more schools to fight same-sex marriage statement

The Anglican Church shocked schools and parents when it revealed incoming principals at its schools would have to attest that they believe marriage is between a man and a woman.

  • by Jordan Baker
Kate Laney and her sons Lucas  and Nathan, who attend Gledswood Hills primary school. Laney moved to Gregory Hills on the assumption a new school would be built there.

Crowded classes: Schools promised four years ago yet to start construction

The NSW government four years ago announced that six new schools would be built. To date, none have moved beyond the planning stage.

  • by Lucy Carroll
Teacher shortages are having a devastating effect on the quality of teaching in NSW.

When you fail teachers, you fail children

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the teacher shortages in NSW were so bad two years ago they were keeping her awake at night. If that was her response then, she must hardly be sleeping a wink right now.

  • by Angelo Gavrielatos and Mark Northam
Ombudsman Sandra Parker is turning her sights to the tertiary education sector.

Universities on workplace watchdog’s wage theft priority list

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker says underpayments in the tertiary sector have become a systemic issue, which has been linked to the use of casual academics.

  • by Angus Thompson
School teachers march along Macquarie Street in May.

Teachers to hold ‘unprecedented’ strike as anger over shortages, pay boils over

The state’s public school and Catholic school teachers are set to stage an “extraordinary” joint 24-hour strike on June 30 as anger over staff shortages, mounting workload and pay escalates.

  • by Lucy Carroll
The King’s School in North Parramatta.

King’s School defends regatta trip, says business class trips with spouses are standard

The King’s School has defended a controversial trip by its headmaster and his wife to the Royal Henley Regatta, west of London, after the First VIII qualified for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.

  • by Jordan Baker and Lucy Carroll
A Willetton Senior High School student has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge over an alleged plot to kill a teacher at the school.

Grade-A schoolgirl admits role in teacher murder plot

The high-achieving 13-year-old responded to her friend’s messages, speculating on where to stab someone to sever an artery, with “that sounds fun” and “so cool”.

  • by Heather McNeill and Holly Thompson
Treasurer Matt Kean will hand down the state budget on Tuesday.

What we know so far about the NSW budget

From a $4.5 billion boost for the introduction of an extra year of education and a plan to radically overhaul stamp duty, here are some measures coming in Tuesday’s state budget.

  • by Alexandra Smith, Tom Rabe and Lucy Cormack
Pupils at many Victorian schools are expected to guess words by looking at a picture.

High-salary, key teaching roles must be part of education reform

Australia’s best teachers are under-utilised, and efforts to identify, encourage and reward them do not go far enough.

  • by Jordana Hunter
Elise Magnus in a display bedroom at the new student accommodation at Macquarie University by Luke Johnson of Architectus

Student accommodation like we’ve never seen before wins praise

Far from the dark and institutional spaces that typified types of co-housing in the past, two Sydney projects were driven by research about what their residents wanted.

  • by Julie Power
Rough sleeping is just one aspect of homelessness.

Little rest for the young and the homeless

The focus of domestic violence is commonly on women or young children affected, yet young people leaving home because of family conflict are one of the biggest groups of people in the so-called “hidden homeless” population.

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The new $47 million Penshurst Public School redevelopment.

National Trust accuses Education Department of lax attitude to heritage

The National Trust’s conservation director, David Burdon, says the state government had “no credibility” when it came to heritage protections for school buildings.

  • by Daniella White
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Walking in two worlds: the Territory kids discovering a new school

Victorian school Haileybury has taken over a crucial Aboriginal boarding program in Darwin. Early results are promising, but the scale of the challenge is huge.

  • by Adam Carey
Premier Dominic Perrottet and Education Minister Sarah MItchell with students at Cheltenham Girls High

Performance pay, revamped school hours: Premier flags education reforms

Premier Dominic Perrottet has flagged major changes to NSW education including the introduction of performance pay for teachers, saying the sector has not had the reform it needs because of too many vested interests.

  • by Jordan Baker
Sydney Year 11 student Daniel Koothoor, left, and Joshua Kovoor with their instruments at Westmead Private Hospital.

‘Not like an essay for school’: Sydney teen published in prestigious medical journal

A family conversation at Christmas turned into an academic project that found music assisted people with pain and anxiety, reducing the need for painkillers.

  • by Mary Ward
Investing early in childcare makes a real difference to children’s learning and wellbeing.

Game-changing reform promises a better future for our children

The pandemic exposed inequalities in our society, which start in pregnancy. It has also shown that real policy decisions can be made quickly and can have positive benefits for families.

  • by Sharon Goldfeld and Anne Hollonds
A rowing boat passes spectators on the river bank on the opening day of the 2019 Henley Royal Regatta alongside the river Thames. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images) ...

Anger at King’s School over plans to fly headmaster to prestigious British regatta

An old boys’ representative on The King’s School board quit over plans to fly the headmaster, his deputy and their wives first class to the Henley Royal Regatta.

  • by Lucy Carroll and Jordan Baker
Mila makes a leap with preschool friends Eddy and Olena, and teacher Angela Aldridge, at Goodstart’s Crescent Early Learning Centre.

Teacher shortages could undermine plan for extra year of education

The NSW government’s universal pre-kindergarten reforms were met with praise from the early childhood sector, but experts warned more educators were needed.

  • by Daniella White
Playing around: A mural on the school wall.

Bondi school parents slam decision to ban outdoor play before class

A decision to restrict students from using the playground before school started has sparked an angry response.

  • by Lucy Carroll
The NSW and Victorian governments are introducing universal pre-kindergarten.

‘A game-changer’: NSW to introduce an extra year of education

In the biggest reform of schooling in a generation, the NSW government will offer five days per week of pre-kindergarten to every four-year-old by 2030.

  • by Jordan Baker
Australian women are among the most highly-educated in the world

How Australia is failing its highly educated women

Australian women are among the most educated in the world. Why are they still so far behind when it comes to pay and opportunity?

  • by Jordan Baker
My daughter has grown up with a second language that wasn’t available to me as a teenager.

My all-girls education failed to give me the skills I now value most

An underlying assumption about all-girls schooling is that boys are an impediment to a girl achieving her potential. This shows an offensive distrust in both the strength of our girls and the humanity of our boys.

  • by Anita Punton
Visual Arts students in class at Tara Anglican School for Girls, North Parramatta

Why do private girls’ schools outrank boys when it comes to the HSC?

The answers are complex and contested, but some say it’s because boys’ schools are more focused on all-round achievement.

  • by Jordan Baker
Premier Dominic Perrottet at the Goodstart Early Education centre in West Ryde. The NSW government will offer fee relief for preschoolers as part its push to make childcare more affordable and accessible.

Fee support for NSW preschoolers in $1.4 billion program

Parents who send their preschoolers to long day care will for the first time receive subsidies from the NSW government.

  • by Alexandra Smith
Mary White and daughter Scarlett, who is doing Year 10.

‘My sacrifice until she’s an adult’: Parents reduce work to support year 12s

To help their children through the difficult final years of high school, a number of parents - mainly mothers - are scaling back their work and making themselves more available at home.

  • by Wendy Tuohy
Andrew Horsley with Dapto High School students, is a mentor to the boys.

Boys falling far behind girls in HSC and at university

An analysis of academic results found being male was “greater than any of the other recognised disadvantages we looked at”.

  • by Jordan Baker
Annie White, Chevalier College, Nicholas Laba, Maronite College of the Holy Family, Lara Ergun, The McDonald College, Oliver Sved, Knox Grammar and Gemma Rodham, Ravenswood School, were among the conference attendees.

Sydney students take lead to boost mental health, address online challenges

About 300 student leaders from 40 schools across Sydney last week gathered to learn how they could boost young people’s wellbeing during a student-led and designed conference.

  • by Daniella White
Voters in waiting, with plenty of reasons to become engaged in our democracy.

Why girls’ schools succeed at producing women who lead

More than half of the female independents in the new federal parliament attended a single-sex school. The result highlights the benefits of girls attending all-girl schools.

  • by Loren Bridge
Ever-rising levels of educational attainment - particularly among women – are remodelling the party-political landscape

‘Education’ is why federal voting patterns are changing

Education levels, particularly among women, and not income, are a key reason why voters have shifted away from the federal Liberal Party towards independents and Labor.

  • by Ross Gittins
Gabriella Agosta, principal of Mooroolbark Grammar.

Parent says she was deceived by Scientology-linked ‘grammar’ school

A Melbourne primary school that was hiding its links to Scientology has now disclosed to prospective parents that it is teaching the educational methods of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

  • by Ben Schneiders and Simone Fox Koob
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Pic shows Bethlehem College in Ashfield.

Two inner west single-sex schools to merge into new co-ed college

Sydney Catholic Schools says the merger of two schools will cater to high demand for co-education options in Sydney’s inner west

  • by Jordan Baker
Principals are trusted, and have significant influence over the success of a school

NSW has a principal problem that is difficult to fix

Many across senior ranks in and around the state’s education sector quietly admit there is a leadership quality issue.

  • by Jordan Baker
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Sufferer – or snowflake? What’s up with all the bullying claims?

Bullying is a loaded term that’s being levelled a lot these days. The righting of long-tolerated wrongs, or politically correct overreach?

  • by Tim Elliott
Put a what on? I can’t hear you.

Why don’t you just chill, Mum? (Apparently this is not jumper weather)

Yes, it’s winter, but my son is dressed for the tropics.

  • by Meena Evers
The University of Sydney has shed academic jobs but boosted enrolments.

Sydney’s universities have record enrolments but falling teacher numbers

The University of Sydney has recorded the biggest increase in student-to-staff ratios after shedding hundreds of jobs but gaining almost 15,000 students.

  • by Daniella White
NSW’s top uni have slipped down global rankings.

Border closures blamed for Sydney’s top universities slip in global rankings

The latest rankings show there are still five Australian universities in the world’s top 50, despite all but one dropping position from last year.

  • by Daniella White
The University of Melbourne has risen to 33rd in the world in the QS global rankings.

WA universities rise in world rankings, with UWA at 90 on list

The Australian National University in Canberra retained top spot among Australian tertiary institutions but slipped from 27th to 30th and is now just three places ahead of Melbourne.

  • by Adam Carey
The University of Melbourne has risen to 33rd in the world in the QS global rankings.

Victorian universities buck national trend to rise in world rankings

All but one of Australia’s top universities slid down the international rankings this year, as their recognition among global academics and employers declined.

  • by Adam Carey
Arts Student Brynn Daly at Sydney University

Students flock to humanities degrees despite huge fee increases

The federal government tried to reduce the demand for humanities degrees at universities by hiking fees. It hasn’t worked.

  • by Daniella White
Parents had an insight into the complexities of teaching during lockdown.

Wominjeka Melbourne! Why we need to teach kids First Nations languages

Australia should follow the lead of New Zealand and get serious about saving our Indigenous languages, with renaming places and teaching in schools to play a big part.

  • by Nicholas Reece
Problem child? Prince Louis puts on a performance for mother Kate Middleton at the Queen’s Platinum   Jubilee.

I stand with Kate Middleton (pre-schoolers are not meant to be tamed) and with Prince Louis (pageants are boring)

The backlash against the Duchess of Cambridge over her four-year-old son’s behaviour at the Queen’s Platinum Pageant is absurd.

  • by Kerri Sackville