Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

PM pledges to push for better teachers to make the grade

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...

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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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.

Audit pans literacy, numeracy program

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.

Push to add sex education to national curriculum

Bianca Hall With sexual infection rates among young people rising by 20 per cent in the past three years, there's never been a better time to talk about sex.

Broad-brush stroke for the arts in schools plan

Bianca Hall For the first time, all Australian students will study dance, drama, media arts, music and the visual arts until year 10, under a draft national curriculum issued yesterday.

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...

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.