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Ensuring a future of fairness and equity by Jen Buchanan

By fsa admin | August 18, 2020

The ATAR is a rank. It is a number that indicates a student’s academic achievement in relation to other students. Australia is the only country in the world that ranks its students against each other for university entrance. Other countries use scoring systems, but they don’t force students to compete against each other for a…

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Future Proof by Peter Hutton

By fsa admin | July 27, 2020

I sometimes almost vomit when I read school websites, and in my current role I do quite a bit of that. In scouring the world for cutting edge innovation, I track down leads that emerge from Google searches, such as Innovation awards lists and referrals from colleagues. The reason for my repulsion is the use…


Hidden gems by Nicola Forrest

By fsa admin | July 24, 2020

Hidden gems: exploring STEM across the curriculum. Have you ever thought about STEM in relation to a colony of bees and their hive? How about the operations of aquaponics? Perhaps you recognise STEM in the development of a clay sculpture, the pyramids of ancient Egypt, an automated non-contact timer for hand-washing or in the baking…

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T-1000 by Jill Fitzsimons

By fsa admin | July 16, 2020

T-1000 by Jill Fitzsimons Director of Professional Learning and Partnerships at Marcellin College. When I need a bit of inspiration to keep going as a teacher and leader, I think of Terminator 2: Judgement Day’s antagonist, T-1000, the shapeshifting android assassin. Despite being pumped with bullets from the 12 gauge Winchester shotgun of T-800 (played…

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A Cultural Evolution Framework by David Runge

By fsa admin | July 16, 2020

The Momentum Series is a cultural evolution and innovation framework uniquely designed to support educators who are leading cultural change. Crafted to guide leaders and orientate their change journey, the framework is flexible and honours the unique context of every learning environment. The series allows your team to accelerate momentum; amplify leadership impact, and explore,…

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Transition to online learning: by Jen Buchanan

By fsa admin | June 16, 2020

Transition to online learning by Jen Buchanan. In various schools where I’ve worked, the Art Room always appeared to be one of those places that could have been mistakenly viewed as a place fallen into grubby disrepair, worn like a true art student who knows the holes in her jumper are a badge not of…


Not merely a response to a crisis by Nikki Kirkup

By fsa admin | May 26, 2020

Not merely a response to a crisis; an opportunity to redesign our future. By Nikki Kirkup: Deputy Principal at The Knox School Many times over the last few weeks we have heard reference to the “unprecedented times” in which we have been navigating; we have witnessed entire organisations and industries pivot, seemingly overnight, to adjust…

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Standardised Testing: by Jen Buchanan

By fsa admin | May 14, 2020

Standardised Testing… is it worth it? by Jen Buchanan Standardised assessment is a topic that attracts controversy and divides both scholarly and non-scholarly opinion across the globe. 2 Some raise concerns about the integrity of a system that ranks students only leads to grade inflation. Others argue that grading students leads to psychological harm. 3…

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REAL School Budapest by Noan Fesnoux

By fsa admin | May 6, 2020

REAL SCHOOL BUDAPEST Interview with Noan Fesnoux Conceived out of the need to build a community of like-minded people and driven to create a more sustainable future, REAL school in Budapest blends different pedagogical approaches into something “uniquely real”. FSA: Educating for sustainability is important at REAL school… can you tell us more about this?…

Over The Online Rainbow

Over the Online Rainbow by Thom Markham

By fsa admin | April 16, 2020

Over the Online Rainbow by Thom Markham, PBL Global. It’s not just an online moment for education. Something bigger has happened. Industrial schooling is officially over. Perhaps it doesn’t appear so. Teachers have done amazing work to rapidly load brick and mortar lessons onto digital platforms, set up class schedules, organise methods to collect homework,…