Elementary school in Canada tests no-homework policy | New Zealand schools adopt after-school programme to boost maths, English | Education overhaul in Victoria, Australia, gives more power to school councils
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03 September 2014
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Elementary school in Canada tests no-homework policy
A Quebec elementary school will ban homework this year as part of a one-year pilot programme for students in Years 1 to 6. The move follows research questioning the effectiveness of homework for younger students and supportive feedback from families. The Toronto Star/The Canadian Press (01 Sep.)
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Education overhaul in Victoria, Australia, gives more power to school councils
A recent overhaul of the education system in Victoria, Australia, will alter the governance system and give parents and others on school councils the ability to assess principals' performance. School councils also will have greater say in how schools operate and what they teach. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (31 Aug.)
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Teachers' pay not equal in Dubai
Teachers at international schools in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, routinely earn more than their peers at schools offering a different curriculum, according to officials who say the higher pay is intended to help recruit top teachers. Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) (01 Sep.)
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Independent schools in England favor new exam
Students in England's independent schools increasingly are taking the traditional international version of the GCSEs, or General Certificate of Secondary Education test, according to recently released data. Educators say they are making the change, in part, because the exams are more rigorous and they are administered without government interference. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (30 Aug.)
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School in England provides free online access to advanced course materials
An independent school in England is making 87 of its courses, including International Baccalaureate and A-level courses, available for free download on iTunes U. The school, which is a top performer in England, has a one-to-one iPad programme and focuses on digital course materials. BBC (31 Aug.)
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Chinese-language exams prove popular in the EU
The number of individuals in European Union countries taking Chinese-language exams offered by the Hanban has increased, according to an official. More than 26,000 people have taken the exams so far this year. Some say economics and trade with China have sparked an increase in demand to learn the language. China Daily (Beijing) (29 Aug.)
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Seeking committee members for immediate positions
ECIS is currently seeking positions for four of our committees. We need chairpersons for the cross-cultural and service learning committees and members for the special education and humanities committees. If you are interested in becoming involved with any of ECIS's exciting committees, please submit an application ASAP to committees@ecis.org.
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ECIS Art Conference
Calling all art and design teachers! The ECIS Art Committee is hosting an Art Conference 19-21 Sept. in Gothenburg, Sweden. The topic will be: Animation and Contemporary Printmaking for Beginners. If you are interested in taking part in this incredible event, please see our website for more information.
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