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New Zealand community seeks to give digital skills to students, parents
Students and their families in a New Zealand community are asking officials to invest in take-home technology to close the digital divide between low-income students and their more-affluent peers. As part of the initiative, parents would be given information about learning in the "digital age" before students receive devices. Stuff (New Zealand)/The Dominion Post (25 Sep.)
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Australian teacher-training programme includes wages for students
The University of Melbourne in Australia is launching a course designed to make studying for teaching careers more accessible to working professionals. Under the programme, which launches in November, teacher trainees will be paid to work in schools, filling high-needs positions in languages, science and maths. EducationHQ/Australian Teacher Magazine (29 Sep.)
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United Arab Emirates considers raising the bar for classroom teachers
The United Arab Emirates is planning to tighten requirements for classroom teachers starting next year. However, some officials are urging that the requirements be phased in slowly to avoid losing talented teachers. The new licenses may be based on completion of a training programme or an exam. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (29 Sep.)
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UK headteachers and teachers are losing confidence in the grading of students' exams, including A-levels and the GCSE, according to a recent study by Ofqual. Educators who participated in the study cited inaccurate grading, unclear standards and other issues. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (23 Sep.)
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Australia begins transition to digital testing
Australia is expected to transition to an online format for its NAPLAN testing system over the next few years. The move follows the release of a report from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, which found that a digital format, perhaps conducted on tablets, would benefit struggling students and top performers. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (25 Sep.)
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Top UK schools launch teacher-preparation programme
England's Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference will recruit and train about 100 graduates of top universities through a new teacher-training programme beginning next year. The programme is being launched in response to what officials say is a shortage of talented teachers. Graduates will be certified to teach in private and state schools in the country. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (26 Sep.)
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