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It is Homeless Persons’ Week from 4 to 10 August 2014. This year, Homeless Persons' Week will look at how ignoring homelessness causes significant costs to individuals, government and society. The event is coordinated by Homelessness Australia. It is used to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the surrounding issues.

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Innovations in learning

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Global Mindset is hosting a conference as part of their Integrating Australia with Asia series on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 in Sydney. The event will revolve around innovations in learning.

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Opportunities for SMEs

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Australian and international thought leaders discussed the role SMEs can play in meeting the G20’s target of 2% growth above trend at the invitation of the Honourable Bruce Billson MP, Australian Minister for Small Business, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

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Blog of the Day

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Teaching is rocket science

posted by Maurie Mulheron, Aug 01, 2014

The Federal Government supports a program called Teach for Australia that aims to fast-track graduates into teaching. Maurie Mulheron, the President of the NSW Teachers Federation, says outfits like these are a fundamental attack on teaching qualifications.

Many teachers throughout Australia have been deeply concerned at the support both major political parties have given to an outfit called Teach for Australia. It was modelled, none too subtly, on a US program called Teach for America. Following the Federal Budget, Education Minister Christopher Pyne announced an additional $22 million for the scheme on top of the previous $34 million the controversial program had already received.

Teach for Australia is based on the notion that graduates can be ‘fast-tracked’ into teaching having only received six weeks of training. NSW never embraced the model as it was quite rightly perceived as an affront to the profession and an attack on teacher qualifications.

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Featured Forum


Education is a subject close to all of our hearts. Whether it is finding the best school for our children or choosing the right university, it is about shaping the future of the next generation.

Educational research is hard to read, and there is an abundance of opposing opinions and emotional debate around the subject. Independent or public? Mixed or single-sex? Does paying a lot of money for education actually get you a better result?

In our featured forum on Education we want to explore an array of issues, including the current state of the Australian education system, the future of higher education, new models of funding, education in the context of a deregulatory government, Australia’s position on the global stage regarding academic research, the quality of teaching and collaboration between business and academia.

The featured forum will be leading up to the Global Access Partners Annual Growth Summit on Education in Sydney on the 18th and 19th of September 2014 at NSW Parliament House with speakers and participants featured in this area.

If you would like to contribute a blog to join the debate, please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au.

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