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Education in Budget gets F

24 May 2015

Queensland academic, Stewart Riddle, has assessed the recent budget and given it an overall F.

Perhaps this is because there does not seem to be an overrarching plan from this government. They have confirmed they won't fund the final two years of Gonski. A failure to fund growth in education costs, too, will see a $30 billion shortfall from 2018. 

One thing he noted could cause us all to become cyncial -  in this budget the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership received $16.9 million to help improve teacher quality. In last year's budget, the same organisation had a cut of $19.9 million. 

Read the whole rather depressing article here

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Cutting the Conversation???

14 May 2015

In yet another inspired action, Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, has cut funding from The Conversation.

This is such a reliable source of reputable information. Created by Andrew Jaspan here in Australia, giving public voice to experts in universities to inform in every debate, Pyne should be offering more, not no funding.

In a few short years, the innovative online newspaper, The Conversation, has acheived a readership of 2.2 million a month. With the Australian Conversation as the mothership, TC is now launched in the UK, USA, Africa with several more countries queued to follow.

It is an incredible achievement, putting Australia in the forefront of international journalism with content from our universities. So one has to ask why Pyne would remove funding from this successful not-for -profit outfit?

We hope TC can keep going - their articles are fantastic.

Join their conversation here

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Questions for the Australia Council. Not funding Gonski. Yes, talking about the latest budget.

14 May 2015

It's no surprise the last two years of the Gonski reforms have not received funding from this government. What is surprising is give arts funding to Canberra bureaucracy rather than to the Australia Council to dispense. This suggests dissatisfaction with the Aus Co. Read the article here 

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Arts Companies showcase your work internationally

12 May 2015

Next APAM at Brisbane Powerhouse in February 22 - 26, 2016. Applications open now. Close July 1.

Go here 

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Get your show on the Victorian Playlist.

9 May 2015

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority is calling for submissions for the 2016 VCE Drama and Theatre Studies Playlist.

Email questions or request the application form at

It's great the advice date is now November. Much better timing for arts companies and theatres. Good luck!

Image: 2015 Playlist Production: I call my brothers, MTC - by Jonas Hassen Khermiri & Rachel Willson-Broyles (Translater). Touring now through Regional Arts Victoria

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A Great Double Act for Adelaide Festival

7 May 2015

Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy are to jointly direct the Adelaide Festivals of 2017, 2018 and 2019. The team that built Belvoir is back! Can't wait to see what they do.  Read more about their incredible credentials. 

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It's Creativity vs McDonalds in the UK

5 May 2015

Interesting to see what's happening in Education policy in the UK election campaign. It's very clearly divided. For those of us so inspired by Sir Ken Robinson, it's fascinating to see the impact of his work on policy.

If you believe in social justice, if you believe in a more equal society, the access to the arts and culture is not an optional extra, it is essential Ed Milliband, UK Leader of the Opposition. Schools would only be well credentialled if they offer a broad curriculum

In contrast, the Tories emphasis is on times tables and rote learning and the establishment of " free schools".

Read more

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Enjoy our last month of Autumn!

2 May 2015

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The arts and concentration

30 April 2015

Check this incredible performance of grace and concentration. Forgive that it's on a reality tv program and the Facebook comments.

Here's the link 

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Speak two languages, think differently in each

29 April 2015

In a fascinating article about the impact of being bilingual, one conclusion was that people think differently when they speak different languages. This follows research that has already shown that being bilingual is akin to brain training, keeping the mind flexible and protecting against dementia. 

Read the article here

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Naplan Testing Nearly Upon Us

28 April 2015

The annual tests will happen on 12, 13 and 14 May. From 2017, NAPLAN will be delivered online on an opt-in basis until 2019 when all students will take it on-line. Makes alot of sense!

In 2016, NAPLAN will be aligned with the Australian Curriculum. How novel.

Good luck everyone!

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First Woman Winner of World's Richest Short Story Prize

27 April 2015

 The UK Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is an international award with the richest cash prize - thirty thousand pounds ($A58,243). The winner, Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and has lived in the US since 1996. The competition started in 2010 and she is the first female winner. 

Her story, A Sheltered Woman, tells the story of a Chinese-American nanny hired to spend a month and no more supporting a new mother and her baby; trying to keep detached from the emotional turmoil around her, she is also entrapped by her own past. A story of an outsider and the falseness of self-imposed isolation, it was first published in The New Yorker in March 2014.

Read the story here

Read an interview with Yiyun Li in the New Yorker

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