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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.

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

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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

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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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No cash for Gonski funding in Budget

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Jewel Topsfield The Victorian governnment did not commit a single dollar for the Gonski school funding reforms in the state budget despite Prime Minister Julia Gillard's deadline that states and territories sign up...

Teachers accuse union of sellout over pay deal

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Jewel Topsfield The education union is facing a backlash from some teachers who warn they will vote against the pay deal announced this week amid concerns the claim they would receive a 16 to 20 per cent pay rise is...

Independent schools could receive windfall of $91m

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Jewel Topsfield Independent schools would receive more than $90.8 million a year if reforms were fully implemented.

No agreement on teachers' pay dispute

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Jewel Topsfield The Victorian government and education union have failed to reach an agreement this afternoon on the teacher pay dispute despite flagging they intended to finalise an agreement by the start of term...

Restraints 'in breach' of child rights

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Jewel Topsfield Children with disabilities being restrained, placed in solitary confinement, parents say.

Teachers to suspend industrial action

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Jewel Topsfield and Benjamin Preiss Victorian state teachers will suspend controversial industrial action including rolling half-day strikes, a ban on unpaid overtime, and comments in report cards after significant progress was made in...

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18 months after toilet furore, principal won't return

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Jewel Topsfield Former Kew Primary principal Kim Dray, who stood down in 2011 amid controversy over a radical toileting policy, will not return to the school.

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Baillieu's school plan spoiler

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Jewel Topsfield Ted Balllieu has torpedoed the Gillard government's school reforms, announcing his own plan for education funding amid fears the Commonwealth proposal would leave many Victorian schools significantly...

Former school directors to court

Jewel Topsfield Three former directors of Mowbray College summonsed to appear in the Supreme Court.

Children missing out on disability services

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Jewel Topsfield More than 1000 Victorian preschool children have been on waiting lists for early intervention services such as speech and occupational therapy for longer than three months, with some missing out...

New schools on hold due to funding uncertainty

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Jewel Topsfield Twelve Catholic schools planned for Melbourne's booming outer suburbs on hold.