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Students could have a field day with more outdoor learning

Students could have a field day with more outdoor learning

The pandemic is our opportunity to rethink school spaces and make better use of outdoor areas. Evidence suggests al fresco learning has many benefits for students.

  • by Gweneth Leigh

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New rules: when do kids go back to school?

New rules: when do kids go back to school?

Victoria’s faster-than-expected vaccination rollout has allowed the government to accelerate its road map out of lockdown. Here’s what it means for school students.

  • by Liam Mannix
What are Victoria’s new re-opening COVID-19 rules?

What are Victoria’s new re-opening COVID-19 rules?

The Victorian government has unveiled the new changes to its road map to ease restrictions once vaccination targets are reached.

  • by Mathew Dunckley
To mask or not to mask? The question facing parents as school resumes

To mask or not to mask? The question facing parents as school resumes

Some primary school parents don’t think the benefits of masks outweigh the downsides. Others think it’s a small price to pay for safety.

  • by Jordan Baker
Shorter isolation period for vaccinated students exposed to COVID-19
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Shorter isolation period for vaccinated students exposed to COVID-19

The NSW Department of Education will provide “limited” home-schooling resources to parents who refuse to send their children to school for the rest of the term, according to the new back-to-school guidelines.

  • by Jordan Baker
Schools brace for big emotions, separation anxiety as students return

Schools brace for big emotions, separation anxiety as students return

International experience has shown children often struggle to readjust to school after extended lockdowns.

  • by Jordan Baker
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Beware the promise of easy answers when it comes to COVID

Beware the promise of easy answers when it comes to COVID

For epidemiologists advising politicians and debating control measures in the public arena: excess haste, over-simplification and exaggeration will lead us into dangerous waters.

  • by Ewan Cameron
‘The joy of teaching’: Plan to find 3700 new teachers to plug school shortage
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‘The joy of teaching’: Plan to find 3700 new teachers to plug school shortage

The NSW Department of Education’s plans to avert a teacher shortage include convincing people it’s a fulfilling job, as well as scholarships and incentives.

  • by Jordan Baker
Children as young as six mimicking Squid Game in playground, school warns
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Children as young as six mimicking Squid Game in playground, school warns

The principal of an inner Sydney school has asked parents to not let their children watch the violent MA show.

  • by Jordan Baker
Doctors to be based at 50 Queensland schools in 2022 pilot program
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Doctors to be based at 50 Queensland schools in 2022 pilot program

The 50 selected schools are spread across the state, but there is a concentration in the south-east.

  • by Toby Crockford
Unpacking my fears as my child’s return to school looms

Unpacking my fears as my child’s return to school looms

The mood among parents is mostly one of impending celebration and relief. But for some, a quiet unease ripples through the excitement.

  • by Marisa Black