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19 July 2016


Australian 10-13 year olds doing more homework


According to the latest survey, Young Australians, by Roy Morgan, 10-13 now spend an average four hours a week doing homework – 40 minutes more than in 2007. The more studious  include those in high-income homes, students without any distracting siblings, girls, and those with an Asian background.  Australia’s 10-13 year olds with  Asian backgrounds spend a little over six hours on homework a week—around two hours more than average.


Homework time decreases by about 30 minutes for each sibling aged 6-13 in the home while tweens without any siblings spend an average 4 hours 25 minutes doing homework during the week; those with one sibling, about  3 hours 55 minutes. The more siblings there are reduces the amount of time spent on homework.  This age group with three or more siblings average just three hours of homework a week.


The higher the household income, the more time is spent on homework. Tweens in top-earning homes with an annual gross income over $200,000 spend an average 4 hours and 35 minutes per week doing homework—over an hour more than those in low income homes.


Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research, says “The amount of time Aussie 10-13 year-olds spend doing homework each week has been creeping higher over the past eight years. Homework now takes up an average four hours a week, around 40 minutes more than in 2007.

“Gender, ethnic background, household size and household wealth all affect how much time tweens spend doing homework. Other factors, which often relate to household income, include geography and whether both parents work full-time.

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Should you apply to a struggling school? How can you get strong experience? What courses or training sessions are useful for aspiring leaders? How can a junior teacher get involved with whole school activities? Should aspiring leaders only apply to ‘good’ schools? How can teachers build their awareness of special educational needs for more senior roles?


These questions and more answered in :The Guardian


Trial Quiet Hour Shopping for Autistic Shoppers in the UK

An Asda superstore staged a "quiet hour" to help autistic and disabled shoppers over the weekend.

Escalators, in-store music and display TVs were all turned off and customers were given a map of the store featuring pictures instead of words.


Simon Lea, manager of the Asda Living store at Manchester Fort, told the paper he came up with the idea to help people who felt intimidated or stressed by noise and disturbance. Now, eight other shops .... Read More in The Independent

WriteOn 2016 - The BOSTES writing competition

WriteOn is an annual writing competition open to all primary students in Years 1 to 6. Using a photograph as a stimulus, students are asked to compose an imaginative piece of writing up to 500 words in length.


WriteOn provides primary students with the opportunity to become published authors. Outstanding entries from last year's WriteOn competition have been published in the Best of WriteOn 2015 anthology. This year the competition is being held in association with the State Library of NSW. The presentation of certificates will be held at the State Library of NSW on 21 September 2016.


To enter the competition first read the guidelines:


Primary & secondary students to win a chance to meet Prof Brian Cox on his  August 2016 Australian tour

Six lucky school children will have the opportunity to meet world-renowned science presenter and former rock musician, Professor Brian Cox during his August 2016 Australian tour, Professor Brian Cox: A Journey into Deep Space.


To enter, students need to record a video of themselves asking Professor Cox their burning science question and send it to Australia’s Science Channel.  The winning entries will be shown during the Professor Brian Cox: A Journey into Deep Space events and Professor Cox will answer the questions live on stage.
The winning students will receive:

  • A double pass to Professor Brian Cox: A Journey into Deep Space
  •  A photograph with Brian Cox
  •  A signed book


To enter go to or contact Julie LeMessurier - phone: 0417 855 696,


New Exciting Literacy Programs for schools

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has developed a program  for Australian authors to promote Australian literature in schools, through it's Reading Australia BookPros (RA BookPros).

It provides an opportunity for authors to conduct writing workshops in the classroom and to introduce teachers to a new, free teaching resource: Reading Australia.



Students will benefit from access to a professional author and workshops are aimed at developing thinking, literacy and writing skills of students and at boosting enthusiasm for writing. ASA’s authors can help students plan their writing, dive into the action, build characters we care about, set pace, structure their writing and edit their writing. Authors can offer guidance on narrative writing (fiction and non-fiction), poetry, drama, illustration, graphic stories and more.


How it Works

Book an author to conduct a one-off workshop or to visit your school over a series of weeks. Authors are available for all primary and secondary age groups. Authors are able to tailor the workshops to the needs of students, the school and the curriculum, in consultation with the classroom teacher.  For teachers, the workshops are an opportunity for professional development through in-class modelling and the exchange of ideas.  Visit the ASA website for more information or use the booking form


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