Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Hearing told of sex education for kids

Bianca Hall Children will begin to be taught sexual education by as young as seven, a Senate estimates hearing was told yesterday.

Business endorses language plan

Bianca Hall The business sector has called on the states and territories to back Prime Minister Julia Gillard's plan to give every student the chance to study an Asian language by 2025.

Quarter of young people not working or studying

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Bianca Hall One in four young Australians do not work or study despite Australia's growing wealth.

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School's out on $5b funding call: Gillard

Emma Macdonald, Bianca Hall The ACT government has welcomed the Gonski review's streamlined needs-based funding system for Australian schools, saying it was prepared to invest more in education if the Commonwealth and other...

PM pledges to push for better teachers to make the grade

Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Bianca Hall ONLY the best and brightest will be able to get into university teaching courses under the federal government's reform package to improve the educational outcomes of the nation's children.

Top-of-the-class teachers at heart of education plan

Prime Minister Julia Gillard addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on Monday 3 September 2012. Photo: Andrew Meares

Bianca Hall Only the best and brightest will be able to get into university teaching courses, under the federal government's reform package to improve the educational outcomes of the nation's children.

Feds on attack as states cut budgets

Bianca Hall The federal government launched a bitter assault on Liberal states yesterday, saying Tuesday's state budgets that slashed education and health funding are a sign of what's to come under a federal...

Rich school, poor school

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Dan Harrison, Bianca Hall OF ALL the scars the Labor Party carries from Mark Latham's turbulent 13-month reign as leader, perhaps the most visible ones can be seen in its approach to school funding.

High-spending Australia trails Asia in results

Bianca Hall School funding levels are no guarantee of good student results, a report to be released today reveals.

ACT focus of schools debate

Bianca Hall, Emma Macdonald Canberra will be the site of a ''grassroots, nationwide discussion'' on school funding this week as Prime Minister Julia Gillard defers any firm commitments to the Gonski review of funding and...

Govt talks up schools review

Bianca Hall The federal government spent yesterday trying to dodge leadership questions and talk up the most comprehensive review of the the education sector in almost 40 years.

Plea for school funds

Bianca Hall The Australian Education Union has called on the federal government to include an emergency $175 million ''equity package'' in this year's budget, with national literacy and numeracy programs...

Experts call for boycott of tests

Bianca Hall A group of education consultants is urging Australian parents to withdraw their children from next month's annual NAPLAN tests, saying they are damaging children's creativity.

Parents urged to pull children out of NAPLAN tests

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Bianca Hall A GROUP of education consultants is encouraging Australian parents to withdraw their children from next month's annual NAPLAN tests, saying they are damaging children's creativity.

Scrap teacher bonus: review

Bianca Hall Performance bonuses for high-performing teachers should be shelved, the Productivity Commission has recommended.

Schools stick with religious chaplains

Bianca Hall Most Australian schools employing student welfare officers hired religious chaplains, figures released this week show.

New civics curriculum calls for students to be citizens of the web

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Bianca Hall Students will be encouraged to use Twitter, blogs and Facebook as study tools in the new Civics and Citizenship curriculum.

School funds reform may be delayed

Bianca Hall Education Minister Peter Garrett says painstaking work to overhaul Australia's school-funding arrangements continues, but it's far from clear the work will be finished this year.

Gonski-model school funding legislation may miss 2013 deadline, says Garrett

School Education Minister Peter Garrett at the public forum on schools and school funding reform, in Canberra on Wednesday 22 February 2012.
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Bianca Hall THE School Education Minister, Peter Garrett, says painstaking work to overhaul Australia's school funding arrangements continues, but it is far from clear the work will be finished this year.

School scheme gets 'F' despite millions spent

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Bianca Hall A $540 MILLION government scheme to lift numeracy and literacy rates has made no discernible difference to the performance of schools taking part, an audit of the program found.