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, 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.
Jewel Topsfield A $16 MILLION federal Labor commitment to stem the shortage of maths and science teachers by fast-tracking bankers, accountants and engineers into classrooms has recruited only 14 participants.
Jewel Topsfield Thestates have complained they are still being kept in the dark over proposed school funding reforms, with one minister pulling out of Friday's meeting with the federal government amid fears it would...
Jewel Topsfield Baillieu government accused of failing to take school bullying seriously after lengthy delays in announcing the winner of a competition to name its road-toll style anti-bullying campaign.
Jewel Topsfield The rollout of the national curriculum - will be delayed in Victoria due to the teachers dispute.
Jewel Topsfield Catholic teachers have vowed to join state school teachers in a strike on February 14 to fight for a new pay deal if the drawn-out dispute is not resolved.
Jewel Topsfield CHILDREN under five who have swimming lessons develop better language, literacy and numeracy skills and are likely to be more prepared for school, according to a Griffith University study.
Jewel Topsfield and Craig Butt Non-academically selective independent school in Armadale tops the state in this year's VCE results, in its strongest performance in 10 years.
Jewel Topsfield Australian year 7 students have got worse at maths since the introduction of national literacy and numeracy tests five years ago, according to the latest national snapshot.