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Jewel Topsfield is the education editor at The Age. She was formerly the deputy editor of the National Times and spent three years in the Press Gallery in Canberra, reporting on education, immigration and federal politics. Jewel has been a journalist with The Age since 2004.
Jewel Topsfield and Matthew Knott The Abbott government's controversial review of the national curriculum has failed to reignite the culture wars as expected with its recommendations receiving widespread support across the country.
Jewel Topsfield When right-wing ideologue Kevin Donnelly was appointed to co-chair a review of the national curriculum many braced themselves for a re-ignition of the culture wars.
Jewel Topsfield Schools are not devoting sufficient time to literacy and numeracy in the early years of primary school because the national curriculum is too overcrowded, according to a review released today.
Jewel Topsfield Australian schools will become more socially segregated because schools receive more money if they have a concentration of disadvantaged students, according to the body that represents independent...
Jewel Topsfield These days, it is common for Victorian primary schools to pair preps with older pupils as part of the anti-bullying Better Buddies program. One Melbourne school has taken it a step further.
Jewel Topsfield Victims and their families can feel totally helpless. But some schools are trialling a new approach to combat bullying.
Jewel Topsfield My partner of 17 years is puking into a Crumpler bag in the back of a cab. I am irritated with him; this stomach bug is jeopardising my dinner plans.
Jewel Topsfield Dealing with dyslexia is an educational struggle, not just in the classroom, but with sceptics in the system.
Jewel Topsfield, Josephine Tovey The Coalition has moved to derail agreements with hold-out states on school funding by pledging to match Labor's offer ''dollar for dollar'' without forcing them to contribute money or cede any...
Jewel Topsfield The Federal Coalition has moved to derail agreements with hold-out states on school funding by pledging to match Labor's offer "dollar for dollar" without forcing them to contribute money or cede...
Jewel Topsfield Victoria and Commonwealth miss third consecutive deadline to reach reform agreement.
Jewel Topsfield The long-held government belief that increasing competition between schools by publishing NAPLAN results on the My School website will improve performance is a myth, according to research by the...
Jewel Topsfield, Daniel Hurst Catholic education no closer to a deal on school funding reforms despite PM welcoming progress made in 'negotiating a new approach', according to the Melbourne Catholic Education Office.
Jewel Topsfield The disastrous $180 million Victorian school intranet could be scrapped at the end of the month prompting fears that months of student work and reports would be lost.
Jewel Topsfield The federal government has denied almost 500 Victorian schools would be worse off under funding reforms, insisting every school would receive its existing funding plus 3 per cent indexation a year as...
Jewel Topsfield, Josephine Tovey Hundreds of thousands of children will be assessed when they start kindergarten to find out if they are at risk of falling behind and need extra help under the federal government's education reforms.
Jewel Topsfield and Daniel Hurst Stuffed toys that help children deal with ''difficult emotions'' are being spruiked as a way of assisting ''with the stress of NAPLAN'', as companies cash in on the emphasis placed on next week's...
Jewel Topsfield Teachers, principal join campaign urging parents to boycott NAPLAN tests next week.
Jewel Topsfield Julia Gillard promises Catholic schools will retain their 16.8 per cent share of total public funding.
Jewel Topsfield The money had to come from somewhere, but it's pointless to rip funds from universities.