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Australia's problem with 'try hards' at heart of selective schools coaching criticism
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Australia's problem with 'try hards' at heart of selective schools coaching criticism

Few look at a star football player and remark bitterly: “Well, his mother was taking him to training since he was four.” But when it comes to academic performance, it's a different story.

  • by Rosalind Walsh

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Chance to ensure selective school places go to those who deserve them
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Chance to ensure selective school places go to those who deserve them

The key problem with the selective high school test in NSW is that it is not identifying the students with the most potential.

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Girls, disadvantaged students under-represented in selective schools
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Girls, disadvantaged students under-represented in selective schools

The number of students with disabilities being offered places at selective schools tripled this year, but, like other disadvantaged groups, they remain under-represented, new figures show

  • by Jordan Baker and Nigel Gladstone
Selective school tests go digital in biggest shake-up in 30 years
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Selective school tests go digital in biggest shake-up in 30 years

English company Cambridge Assessment will write the new selective tests, which will be delivered by Janison in a $5.5 million, five-year deal.

  • by Jordan Baker
School or sanctuary? The truth behind the 'tiger mother' stereotype
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School or sanctuary? The truth behind the 'tiger mother' stereotype

One parent told author Christina Ho that migrant parents would be "negligent" to simply let their kids play after school.

  • by Jordan Baker
Selective school entry scores fall - even at James Ruse
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Selective school entry scores fall - even at James Ruse

A new test aimed at improving equity and reducing 'coachability' has seen entry scores for most selective schools fall.

  • by Pallavi Singhal
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Selective schools and gifted programs akin to elite sporting opportunities
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Selective schools and gifted programs akin to elite sporting opportunities

A principal research officer at the Department of Education said cultural issues such as tall poppy syndrome have "long been a challenge" for gifted education.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
The Sydney suburbs sending the most students to selective schools
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The Sydney suburbs sending the most students to selective schools

The majority of pupils come from suburbs popular with skilled migrants, who hope a good education will help their children break through the so-called bamboo ceiling.

  • by Jordan Baker, Nigel Gladstone and Mira Healey