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Jewel Topsfield

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.

Schools to lose student welfare officers under chaplaincy program

School chaplains are confident their program will continue despite a High Court setback.

Jewel Topsfield Victorian school communities are bracing themselves for the loss of secular student welfare officers, whose funding has been cut.

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Education review: overhaul of 'bloated' national curriculum widely supported

Co-chairing education review: Dr Kevin Donnelly.

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.

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Culture wars fizzle out in national curriculum review

Dr Kevin Donnelly

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.

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Abbott government to overhaul crowded curriculum

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.

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School funding promotes segregation, says education lobby

Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

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...

'Oldie' buddies teach tolerance at St Charles Borromeo Primary

Sid Mann, 90, and Veronica Burke.

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.

What can schools do about bullying?

The meaning of bullying has expanded in our community.

Jewel Topsfield Victims and their families can feel totally helpless. But some schools are trialling a new approach to combat bullying.

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My partner had a stroke at 46: how my family's life changed one sunny day

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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.

Dyslexia: The invisible disability

Photo of young ballerina named Milly at her dancing school in Yarraville.

Jewel Topsfield Dealing with dyslexia is an educational struggle, not just in the classroom, but with sceptics in the system.

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Backflip as Coalition to match Labor on schools

Tony Abbott.

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...

Abbott's school funding may derail deals

Students answering teacher question.

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...

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$4.2b fund for Victorian schools at risk as officials fail to agree on reforms

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Jewel Topsfield Victoria and Commonwealth miss third consecutive deadline to reach reform agreement.

NAPLAN performance a myth: study

NAPLAN tests

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...

No deal yet, say Catholic school chiefs

Education

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.

Ultranet facing the scrap heap

Ultranet.

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.

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Garrett denies Victorian schools would lose funding

Education

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...

Search for at-risk children starts in kindergarten

School

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.

Brands cash in on NAPLAN test fear

Cat Kimochi.

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...

Teacher faction joins campaign against NAPLAN

Teacher pointing to raised hands in classroom boarding school

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Jewel Topsfield Teachers, principal join campaign urging parents to boycott NAPLAN tests next week.