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Investigating the impact of single-sex schooling on student achievement
Investigating the impact of single-sex schooling on student achievement

Analysis of Year 3, 5 and 7 numeracy and reading test data across almost 3000 Australian schools show ‘single-sex schools on average provide no better value-add over time than coeducational schools’.

Teaching reading – it’s simple but not simplistic
Teaching reading – it’s simple but not simplistic

Today’s reader submission is by Sir Jim Rose, author of the influential 2006 UK report The Independent review of the teaching of early reading, which led to the adoption of mandatory teaching of systematic synthetic phonics in English primary schools. Here, he discusses ‘the simple view of reading’ and its implications.

Year 1 literacy and numeracy checks
Year 1 literacy and numeracy checks

A government advisory panel has recommended the introduction of national literacy and numeracy checks in Year 1 as a way of identifying students who need additional support. Here we take a closer look at the report, including the benefits and challenges raised by teachers and principals.

Shifting the focus of NAPLAN
Shifting the focus of NAPLAN

The decision to move NAPLAN online provides an opportunity to place less emphasis on comparing the performances of schools and more emphasis on supporting student learning, according to Professor Geoff Masters AO.

Infographic: Most borrowed picture books

The annual Civica Libraries Index compiled a list of the top 10 most borrowed picture books from regional and metropolitan libraries across Australia. So, which popular titles made the coveted list? Find out in today's infographic.

Inspiration for your school or class library
Inspiration for your school or class library

If you’re looking to add books to your library or create a classroom collection, a student suggestion box could be one source of ideas. There’s also inspiration from outside school in the shape of annual lists of most popular books.

Literary festival gets students excited about storytelling
Literary festival gets students excited about storytelling

In an effort to better reach students who aren’t engaged in reading, writing and storytelling, staff at this New South Wales school decided to run a literary festival for Year 7 students, inviting a range of different authors, poets, cartoonists, illustrators and performers to run workshops on the day.

Infographic: Books in the home and student achievement

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an international comparative study of student achievement. Here, we look at TIMSS data on books in the home and the percentage of Australian students at or above the proficient standard for maths and science.

Nudging parents to be literacy partners
Nudging parents to be literacy partners

How can teachers take advantage of a family’s knowledge that home reading is important, to prompt more of this behaviour? This research used a behaviour science strategy in an effort to increase participation in a reading challenge.

Developing student writing skills
Developing student writing skills

How important are spelling, grammar and punctuation when it comes to primary students’ achievement in writing composition? An Australian study provides some interesting insights.