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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.

Labor to reveal Gonski funding

State Shadow Minister for Education James Merlino.

Jewel Topsfield A Labor government would reveal how much extra money each school in Victoria received.

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Victoria needs up to 550 new schools by 2031: Grattan Institute

Hands up who needs an education?

Jewel Topsfield Victoria will need up to 550 extra schools within the next two decades, according to an analysis of population forecasts.

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National curriculum review reignites phonics debate

Teacher Sam Carter with students (from left) Jordan, Jules, Zanita and Fiona.

Jewel Topsfield When Julia Gillard launched the draft of Australia's first ever national curriculum in 2010 she welcomed the "strong appearance" of grammar.

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Education department accused of failing children with diabetes

Child recieving a blood test.

Jewel Topsfield The Victorian Education Department is breaching its duty of care to children with type 1 diabetes, and its ''misleading'' policy could have potentially catastrophic consequences, according to one of...

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Department debt blamed for grade-splitting increase

Australian Principals Federation president Chris Cotching.

Jewel Topsfield The Education Department owes schools almost $2 million in refunds for teachers on leave which principals say has caused an increase in the controversial practice of grade-splitting.

Grade-splitting harming children's learning, teachers say

Grade-splitting is bad for children's learning, say teachers.

Jewel Topsfield Primary school students are increasingly being farmed out to other classes when their teacher is away in a cost-saving move that teachers say is harming children's learning.

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Principal told to resign over students' exposure to asbestos

A principal has relinquished his position after an inquiry into the exposure of children to asbestos.

Jewel Topsfield Former Wales Street Primary principal Chris Sexton has "formally relinquished" his position at the school following a departmental investigation into the exposure of children to asbestos.

Petition calls for senior Yeshivah leaders to resign

Rabbi Avrohon Glick.

Jewel Topsfield Education Editor A grassroots Jewish group will this week call for the resignation of the two most senior members of the Yeshivah Centre and Chabad movement in Melbourne over the child sex abuse scandal in the 1980s...

Disadvantaged schools to get $42.5 million to replace scrapped payments

The lion's share of the money - $34.5 million - will be allocated to more than 700 state schools.

Jewel Topsfield Victoria's most disadvantaged schools will receive a total of $42.5 million next year to replace the scrapped payments made to low-income families to assist with the cost of uniforms, camps and...

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Altona Primary puts NAPLAN in context

Altona Primary's Kerryn Massey with her students.

Jewel Topsfield When parents at Altona Primary School received their children's NAPLAN results this week, it came with a note from the ''proud'' grade 3 and 5 teachers.

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Former teacher Peter Doulis awarded damages over 'unruly' students

Peter Doulis.

Jane Lee and Jewel Topsfield A former public school teacher has won a legal battle against the state for failing to prevent him from developing depression after he was forced to teach "low" and "foundation" classes.

Reading Recovery a 'failed program'

'We would say Reading Recovery is a wait-to-fail program'.

Jewel Topsfield The remedial reading program Reading Recovery has failed in New Zealand and needs to be replaced with one that targets children most at risk of failing to learn to read, according to visiting...

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Rural public and private schools unite to improve education

Nathalia Secondary School and St Mary of the Angels students with teacher Paul Slattery.

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

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Country students falling behind at school


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


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


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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