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Jordan Baker is Education Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald

'You are locked in once you've built it': minister rejects high-rise Sydney schools
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'You are locked in once you've built it': minister rejects high-rise Sydney schools

High-rise schools are complicated to build and expensive to run, so will no longer be a "preferred" option when designing a new school

  • by Jordan Baker

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Third wave of building set to revolutionise NSW school design

Third wave of building set to revolutionise NSW school design

Government schools built over the next decade will last for more than a century, so it is crucial they avoid the mistakes of the past.

  • by Jordan Baker
'It felt like a real exam': over 1000 kids take a break from summer holidays

'It felt like a real exam': over 1000 kids take a break from summer holidays

Studies show the benefits of coaching are marginal, but practice selective school exams can help students with the real thing

  • by Jordan Baker & Sarah Keoghan
Is parallel education the answer to the single-sex dilemma?
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Is parallel education the answer to the single-sex dilemma?

Parents are turning their backs on boys-only high schools and demanding mixed-gender education for their sons. Yet the popularity of girls schools is booming.

  • by Jordan Baker
'Best of both worlds?': the co-ed school separating boys and girls

'Best of both worlds?': the co-ed school separating boys and girls

Pittwater House School argues its model of separating boys and girls in class but bringing them together in the playground is the "best of both worlds".

  • by Jordan Baker
'A fine stream' to a waste dump: Can Cooks River be revived?

'A fine stream' to a waste dump: Can Cooks River be revived?

Things are looking up for the Cooks, thanks to a new push to have it treated as a living river rather than a stormwater drain. 

  • by Jordan Baker
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Girls match boys in confidence at single-sex schools, study finds

Girls match boys in confidence at single-sex schools, study finds

A study has found that girls at single-sex schools buck conventional wisdom about the confidence gap

  • by Jordan Baker
Chores, 'unsupervised time' and jobs the secret to raising confident kids

Chores, 'unsupervised time' and jobs the secret to raising confident kids

A study of 10,000 Australian high school students found boys and girls derived equal amounts of self-confidence from the same activities.

  • by Jordan Baker
'Massive pressure': special needs classes clustered in Sydney's west

'Massive pressure': special needs classes clustered in Sydney's west

A concentration of special needs classes in disadvantaged areas suggests many families cannot afford access to early intervention, say experts

  • by Jordan Baker & Nigel Gladstone
The schoolboys learning life lessons at the bench press

The schoolboys learning life lessons at the bench press

Some schools are enlisting strength and conditioning coaches to teach their students lessons in life.

  • by Jordan Baker
Ramsay course to be progressive, include 'marginalised voices'

Ramsay course to be progressive, include 'marginalised voices'

Don't judge a great books course by its cover, urges Wollongong University professor.

  • by Jordan Baker