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Social September encourages us to press pause – disconnect from our digital lives and reconnect with each other and ourselves. The aim is to create spaces for face-to-face social connection, promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

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Together we can stop the heartache

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This September big-hearted Australians are again invited to help save lives and make research possible by supporting the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal.

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Early diagnosis and research are the two ways to beat cancer. Blue September is raising funds for awareness of cancers affecting men and cancer research.

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NAPLAN: a rigorous process for developing and trialling tasks

posted by Robert Randall, Sep 23, 2014

This year’s NAPLAN results showed a slight downward trend in persuasive writing. Robert Randall, CEO of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), puts these results into perspective and looks to the future of NAPLAN.

Children are every nation’s future. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, (ACARA) is committed to working towards a better educational future, one where all young Australians have access to a world-class school curriculum, and world-class assessment and reporting systems. Education is an empowering force in a child’s life and has the power to change the course of a child’s life.

As a national education authority, ACARA has a vital role to play in shifting the conversations about education from local and state-based to a national level. The task of deciding what is essential content to be learned and assessed as our children progress through schooling is a challenging one. It’s ACARA’s role to set the national expectations and clarity around this for Australian schools.

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Featured Forum


Education is a subject close to all of our hearts. Whether it is finding the best school for our children or choosing the right university, it is about shaping the future of the next generation.

Educational research is hard to read, and there is an abundance of opposing opinions and emotional debate around the subject. Independent or public? Mixed or single-sex? Does paying a lot of money for education actually get you a better result?

In our featured forum on Education we want to explore an array of issues, including the current state of the Australian education system, the future of higher education, new models of funding, education in the context of a deregulatory government, Australia’s position on the global stage regarding academic research, the quality of teaching and collaboration between business and academia.

The featured forum will be leading up to the Global Access Partners Annual Growth Summit on Education in Sydney on the 18th and 19th of September 2014 at NSW Parliament House with speakers and participants featured in this area.

If you would like to contribute a blog to join the debate, please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au.

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