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Impact of Economic Disadvantage on Children in Australia

<a href="/blogs/2012/08/23/impact-of-economic-disadvantage-on-children-in-australia">Impact of Economic Disadvantage on Children in Australia</a>

As an adult, it can be easy to forget what life was like growing up, to remember what mattered most, whose opinion counted and the daily decisions that needed to be made ...The University of NSW’s Social Policy Research Centre, in partnership with a range of non-government and government agencies, has recently released research that uniquely captures the experiences and insights of young people living in economic adversity. The Making a Difference study interviewed around 100 young people aged 11 to 17 years over an 18 month period. It offers a rare view on their experiences, how they cope with disadvantage and what they think can be done about it. Read full article

Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/30/parents-and-teachers-is-there-a-great-divide-in-education">Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?</a>

Today the Sunday Telegraph published a story headlined "Our Great Divide on Schools Revealed." The gist of the article is that parents want more say in the running of schools and they want the best teachers rewarded. I say yes to both of those ideas but I don't believe there's necessarily a "deep divide"... 49% of teachers surveyed do not want excellent teachers to receive more than their colleagues that under-perform ... 48% of teachers do not want “bad teachers” to be sacked Read full article