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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.

Rural public and private schools unite to improve education

Jewel Topsfield Imagine if there was no ideological warfare between public and private schools.

Country students falling behind at school

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Jewel Topsfield Victorian students at government schools in the country are almost seven months behind city students in reading as early as year three, according to disturbing new research.

Former Adass Israel School principal Malka Leifer faces extradition over alleged sex abuse

Adass Israel Girls School.

Jewel Topsfield The former head of an Orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne will be extradited to Australia to face charges of sexually abusing her students.

Sandringham College in uproar over uniform call

Sandringham College

Jewel Topsfield On Jacqui Beaman's first day at "Sandy," an openly gay student with acrylic nails and a Lady Gaga jumper walked her to class.

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Schools face please explain on religious instruction

Children who opt out of religious instruction can be excluded.

Jewel Topsfield Schools that have stopped offering special religious instruction this term will be ordered to provide an explanation after Education Minister Martin Dixon expressed concern they may not be complying...

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Two-thirds of new teachers on contracts

Meredith Peace

Jewel Topsfield Almost two-thirds of Victorian state school teachers in their first five years of teaching are on short-term contracts, leading to job uncertainty and high staff turnovers.

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Labor promises new high school for Richmond

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Jewel Topsfield A Victorian Labor government would commit $10 million to build a new high school in Richmond.

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Hunt on for Prahran High site

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Jewel Topsfield Imagine a high school in an office block on St Kilda Road. Or one that shares the Victorian College for the Deaf's magnificent bluestone buildings or is located within Essex Street or Horace Petty...

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Anger over school prayer group ban

The ban came into effect on July 14.

Jewel Topsfield Lunchtime prayer groups and bible studies run by teachers or volunteers have been banned at state schools in Victoria under a new education department policy.

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Melbourne University pulls Teach for Australia "criticism"

Melbourne University.

Jewel Topsfield Melbourne University has removed a perceived criticism of the controversial Teach for Australia program from its submission to the federal inquiry into teacher education.

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Schools crowdfund to make ends meet

Thornbury High School Koori Engagement

Jewel Topsfield When funding for Thornbury High’s Koori mentorship program was axed the school was faced with two options: lose the tutors and project officer who got indigenous students’ “butts to...

Teachers sue over leased laptops

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Jewel Topsfield Victorian teachers who leased laptops from the Education Department could be repaid hundreds of dollars if the Australian Education Union wins a court case starting in the Federal Court today.

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Principal 'scapegoated' over asbestos

Wales St Primary in Thornbury

Jewel Topsfield The Victorian Education Department has been accused of scapegoating a principal who was abruptly removed from a Melbourne primary school after children were exposed to asbestos.

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Graduate teachers not up to scratch: Victorian government

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Jewel Topsfield The Victorian government has criticised the quality of teaching degrees, claiming they are not producing teachers that meet schools’ needs.

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Victoria ups Gonski ante

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Jewel Topsfield Premier has announced he will not sign up to the Gonski reforms unless the Commonwealth commits $7 billion over six years and amends legislation that he says would enable a federal takeover of...

Renaissance is history, but state holds firm on maths

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Jewel Topsfield Victoria could break ranks with the senior secondary national curriculum and not offer an easier maths and English subject in the final year of VCE, amid fears it could lead to a lowering of literacy...

Teachers accept pay rise

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Jewel Topsfield The protracted teacher pay dispute is finally over after 81.5 per cent of state school teachers, principals and education support staff who voted in a ballot supported the deal forged with the...

Garrett blasts Victoria's tactics

Peter Garrett

Jewel Topsfield Victoria is trying to negotiate a special school funding deal with the non-government school systems that does not properly focus on disadvantaged students, according to the federal government.

Stress costs state schools $18m

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Jewel Topsfield Staff at Victorian state schools were paid almost $18 million in stress leave last financial year.

Teacher pay scale plan denied

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Jewel Topsfield Minister for the Teaching Profession Peter Hall has denied budgeting for a reduction in the number of teachers who move up the pay scale every year but said he would be disappointed if the...

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