"A key issue to be addressed by the new Gonski review is how to improve school outcomes for disadvantaged students. A new US study contributes to this by examining disadvantaged students’ own perceptions of what it takes to succeed at school. It found that strong peer relationships, caring supportive teachers, family and community support, and strong motivations all contribute significantly to school success by disadvantaged students..."
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"The analysis in the report makes it clear that many of today’s young children will not receive a ‘fair go’ in accessing education opportunities, for no other reasons than family background, demographic characteristics and geography. A child from a low socio-economic background is up to three times more likely to be developmentally vulnerable by the time she or he starts primary school. An Indigenous child is 40% less likely to finish high school and 60% less likely to go to university compared with a non-Indigenous child.
This helpful resource for job seekers, students, careers advisers and those exploring their career options has been released by the Department of Employment. Australian Jobs 2017 provides a snapshot of the labour market at the national, state and regional level and for industries and occupations, as well as guidance about job search and the skills employers value. Many factors influence the Australian labour market, and Australian Jobs 2017 provides information about the current economic climate to assist users in making informed work and training choices. Where Australians are seeking to l
The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of young people in Queensland youth detention centres.
"The question ‘where and how do young people belong?’ is central to youth studies, as young people are increasingly mobile, and many are ever more marginalised from economic participation. On a global scale, it is common for young people to move to metropolitan areas for education, responding to global labour markets and seeking refuge from environmental and economic degradation, and asylum from violence. This mobility inevitably raises questions about the nature and quality of young people’s connections with people and place (or ‘belonging’).
"While good work has been done, some of it exceptional, our approach in Australia to provide mental health services is piecemeal and not integrated. Our children, our young people, our families and our communities are simply not receiving the right mental health care at the right time. However, there currently exists a supportive policy landscape and significant investment for digital mental health at the federal level.
"Across Australia, there are major challenges in recruiting and retaining foster carers, and this has major impacts on the wellbeing of children and young people. The attraction and retention of appropriately skilled and qualified carers remain a ‘high priority’ in response to the ever increasing demand for out-of-home-care (OOHC) placements, and the complexity of the needs of children and young people (ACIL Allen, 2013). It has been estimated that 14% of foster carers in Australia are choosing to cease caring every year (McHugh & Pell, 2013)..."
"The majority of young people do not return to sentenced supervision. The majority of young people who receive a supervised youth justice sentence serve only 1 sentence and do not return to sentenced youth justice supervision.
"The UK student population has doubled in the last 20 years to almost two million. During this time, higher tuition fees have placed increased pressure on students – with a recent survey finding that 75 per cent of students who receive a maintenance loan feel stressed about their debt. It may not be a total surprise then that a 2015 NUS survey revealed that 78 per cent of students experienced mental health issues during the previous year. And for 33 per cent of those questioned, this included suicidal thoughts..."
The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education’s latest report delivers an Australian-first comprehensive analysis of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program. The analysis increases the focus on student equity, promoting understanding of barriers to participation, and creating an expert workforce on equity issues. The report will inform systemic change in student equity policy and practice and set benchmarks for a national evaluation framework.