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Student Snapshot

Student Snapshot is a free and easy-to-use online survey platform developed by ReachOut. It’s designed to help you figure out how to best support students making the transition to high school. You can discover how your students like to learn, what their interests and personal values are, and what you can do to make their …

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Be That Teacher

Many of us have that one teacher we remember. The teacher who helped us to learn and grow, who gave us the confidence to explore and master new talents and skills. The teacher who encouraged us to strive for more and helped us reach our potential. Be That Teacher is a joint Australian, state and …

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Career themed movies for high school students

Movies aren’t just a source of entertainment; they can also be a powerful tool for education and inspiration and a great way to start conversations. Here’s a list of career-themed movies suitable for the classroom: The Intern (2015) PG13 A heart-warming comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway showcases the value of mentorship and …

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Meet the new Future You Pathfinders

Future You’s Pathfinders are here to challenge stereotypes about STEM and the type of people who can work in STEM. Bardie is a talented carpenter who originally started out her career journey studying a Bachelor of Fine Art, but now she spends her days on work sites building people’s homes. Jamie is a determined third-year apprentice …

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How to become an AI Engineer

AI in Australian Education Snapshot: Principles, Policy and Practice

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping the teaching and learning landscape. As its popularity and reach expands, so does its potential — but not without challenges in Australian classrooms. An ESA-commissioned report titled, “AI in Australian Education Snapshot: Principles, Policy and Practice” (Published August 2023), explores how educators and policymakers are beginning to work through these …

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Register for Achieve Fest in Term 4

Achieve Fest is back for Term 4! This free, one-day online learning experience is ideal for students aged 12 – 18 across Australia. Designed to offer an engaging, personalised, and interactive experience for all participants, Achieve Fest: Is flexible in delivery – so it’s perfect for classroom settings and remote learning environments, Features an amazing …

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Register to receive the updated Stolen Generations Resource Kit for Teachers and Students

With 2024 planning underway in many schools across the country, The Healing Foundation is offering educators the opportunity to receive a free hardcopy of their updated and expanded Stolen Generations Resource Kit for Teachers and Students. Set to launch on October 6, there are a limited number of hardcopies available for schools to help get …

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CSIRO Space Careers Wayfinder

The CSIRO has developed a variety of engaging case studies to inspire and ignite a passion in the next generation, whether they are space enthusiasts or not, to foster the growth of the future space industry workforce. These video case studies are coupled with downloadable resources. They are a valuable tool for educators and careers …

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Free Professional Learning Opportunity from Grok Academy

Grok Academy is collaborating with Amazon to offer teachers a free Professional Learning opportunity in term 4 of 2023. The course is available for NSW K-12 teachers to support the implementation of Digital Technologies education in NSW. Participants will gain the knowledge and expertise to inspire and guide other educators. The course will consist of …

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Resources for National Skills Week

National Skills Week is running from August 21-27. National Skills Week is dedicated to raising the profile and status of vocational learning, dispelling outdated myths and showcasing the attractive career opportunities for all Australians. Wondering how you can get your students and school involved in National Skills Week? They have provided a heap of great …

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Inclusive Career Development Resources for Schools

What happens in school is key to the long term economic and social participation of people with disability. Career development can change the life trajectory of all students but especially for young people with disability. This is because students with disability often face a pervasive culture of low expectations resulting in a lack of opportunities …

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How to become an Astronaut

NASA STEM Engagement

NASA has a huge variety of STEM resources for teachers and educators on their website, including activities, posters, lesson plans, videos, and much more. Some opportunities are for students in the US only, but lots of the resources are appropriate for use anywhere in the world. You can access the resources for free here.

Careers in Space Resources

The Australian Centre for Careers has created a full suite of resources created in collaboration with the Australian Space Agency, and they are now available for download, including the interactive Student Workbook and accompanying Teacher Answer Guide. The Student Workbook is an interactive PDF featuring written and video case studies from professionals currently working in …

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Resources for teachers of students with disabilities

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 school students have a disability – and of these students, 89% of them attend mainstream school (source). It’s important that teachers are equipped to adapt to the needs of students with disability, and ensure that they have equal outcomes to other students. We’ve gathered some resources for schools and …

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Respectful Relationships Education Toolkit

OurWatch supports schools in delivering respectful relationships education, developed as part of the Respectful Relationships Education in Schools (RREiS) pilot. A whole of school approach to respectful relationships education not only provides in-class education, but addresses your school’s culture, policies and procedures, and promotes gender equality among your staff. Every school is different. Respectful relationships …

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CSIRO Sustainable Futures Program

The Sustainable Futures program is designed by the CSIRO to support primary and secondary teachers working with students in Years 3 to 10. Teachers who register with the program receive free access to digital teaching resources which includes a variety of ideas and activities to support the teaching of sustainability and the environment in Australian …

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Funded SACE Accredited Program Available to Develop Emotional Agility, Resilience and Leadership

The Minister for Education, Training and Skills, The Hon Blair Boyer, the Department for Education, the Adelaide 36ers and XVenture are funding up to 20 public schools to access a unique new SACE Stage 1 accredited program. The Adelaide 36ers & XVenture Schools Program is an experientially based program that focuses on developing emotional agility, …

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CASA Know Your Drone school giveaway

Are you a STEM teacher or are part of a school that loves teaching technology? The Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) Know Your Drone school resources are linked to the Australian Curriculum and can be used to educate students aged 10-16 years old about STEM topics and drone safety. To coincide with National Science Week, …

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Developing Essential Skills in the Classroom and Beyond

This guest article was written by Christina Douglas, careers practitioner at Heatherton Christian College. For some time as our school’s career teacher, I have been trying to get the message out of the importance of developing ‘employability skills’.  I’m often quoted by the students I teach as saying something like, “No – this isn’t going …

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Discover the Maths in Schools Podcast

Are you looking for in-depth conversations about mathematics teaching strategies? The Maths in Schools podcast series is an ongoing conversation connecting maths education specialists, practitioners, and researchers to discuss key considerations and strategies to plan and deliver effective maths programs across Australia. In each episode, we will feature maths professionals and present different practical and …

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Upcoming PD & Teacher Resources

There are heaps of great resources and professional development opportunities out there for teachers, careers advisors, and schools. Here are some of the latest we’ve found. QTAC Insights 2023 – Webinar – 25 July Join QTAC online for their annual professional development session and learn everything you need to know about QTAC’s application portal and …

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Bring up Respect

The Campaign Stop it at the Start aims to help break the cycle of violence by encouraging adults to reflect on their attitudes, and have conversations about respect with young people. The campaign is aimed at parents and family members of children aged 10–17, as well as the teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers of …

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Wellbeing in schools

Creating a Healthy Environment in Schools

The foundation of a healthy and thriving school environment begins with strong leadership and a genuine commitment to staff wellbeing. When leaders prioritise and model a culture of wellbeing, it sets the tone for the entire school community, fostering an atmosphere of support, growth, and resilience. By leading from the top-down, our leaders can inspire …

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Careers Resources from AMSI

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) has developed a wide variety of career resources for teachers, students, and parents. You can search example job ads, read career profiles from people using maths in their jobs every day, and watch videos of how maths is used in real life. Find their career resources here. AMSI also …

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EOFY Discount Offer – Printed and Digital Resources

Announcing the ‘Lucy and Rob are away‘ special discount!   Hi educators, it’s Liz Duffy here (your contact for all things schools & membership related). As many of you know, Study Work Grow’s incredible Ponder Program is being launched in the UK this month. And since Lucy & Rob will be overseas talking with Career …

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Young people mental health

Looking to the Future: Young People and Mental Health

Life as a young person can sometimes feel tough, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, political uncertainty, and concerns about the environment. A recent study conducted by the University of Melbourne across schools in Australia sought to understand the experiences and perspectives of high school students. The findings shed light on the challenges …

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Career uncertainty

Addressing Career Uncertainty and Stress

As career practitioners, we have a unique opportunity to guide and support young people navigating the often overwhelming realm of career uncertainty. By understanding the challenges they face and employing effective strategies, we can empower them to develop the clarity and confidence needed to make informed career decisions. Career uncertainty and anxiety myfuture has recently …

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The Future of Jobs Report 2023

The World Economic Forum have released the Future of Jobs Report and there’s quite a bit to unpack here. Their focus in 2023 is on key drivers of change and they make some predictions which could be particularly useful for those of us working with secondary students (or younger) who won’t even enter the workforce for …

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Global Pathways to Higher Education

In an increasingly interconnected world, the pursuit of higher education has become a global endeavour, transcending borders and cultures. With students seeking opportunities for personal and professional growth beyond their home countries, it is crucial to understand the diverse university admissions processes that shape their academic journeys. In this article, we embark on a comparative …

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Understanding School Refusal – Resources for Teachers

School refusal is a complex issue that impacts a growing number of students and their families around Australia. It can be a challenging experience for everyone involved, including educators. To help you support students and families who might be struggling with school refusal, ReachOut have put together a range of informative and practical resources. Get …

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From Your Career – 10 Principles to Improve Career Decision Making

I’ve been talking quite a bit lately about how we can support young people to make positive, informed, and confident career decisions, and I stumbled across this article from Your Career – Ten principles to help students improve their career decision making. The 10 principles are designed to boost cognitive processes in all students so …

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VET pathways to university

VET Pathways to University

Did you know that getting an ATAR isn’t the only pathway to study at university? Heaps of unis have multiple pathway options, including for people who have obtained a VET qualification. If you’re in high school and thinking of uni, it might be worth considering a VET pathway to university to boost your chances of …

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6 Must-Read Articles about ChatGPT for Teachers

ChatGPT is the next leap in education, here’s how you can use it as a teacher   When ChatGPT suddenly become something that everyone was talking about in December 2022/January 2023, it was immediately flagged as a tool that was going to encourage cheating. It was immediately banned by some education departments, universities, and even …

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University benefits for school leaders

University benefits for school leaders

If you’re a school captain or leader, or have other leadership experience, you might be wondering if this can be a benefit to you when applying to university. The answer is yes. Lots of universities offer bonus points and other perks for school leaders, including scholarships, study support, access to exclusive opportunities, and more. Here …

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How Outdoor Education activities can build career readiness

If you missed last week’s live webinar on outdoor education and career readiness, the recording is now available for you to access at any time. Join our CEO Lucy Sattler and Ian Wells from Outward Bound, to find out more about the benefits of active and outdoor education programs; including helping students to become more …

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Top 5 Career Education Videos for Parent Teacher Nights

Parents are the #1 influence in a young person’s life, so by getting parents inspired about possible career options, your students will have an easier time choosing what comes next for them. Add some interesting careers videos to your next parent or family information evening Looking for some inspiration to add to your careers or …

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Harmony Week – Resources for Schools

This year, we will be celebrating Harmony Week from 20-26 March. Harmony Week is a celebration that recognises our diversity and brings together Australians from all different backgrounds. We’ve gathered some resources for schools that you might like to incorporate into the classroom over Harmony Week.   School Resources for Harmony Week   The Australian …

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Women in careers

International Women’s Day – Women in Careers

On Wednesday 8 March we will be celebrating International Women’s Day, and as part of the festivities, we thought we’d find some resources to inspire you of women excelling in all different careers around the world. We’ve also found lots of great resources for girls and women looking to enter their dream careers.   Women …

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SWG and Ponder Support

We know that as Careers Advisors in schools you lead very hectic lives, with busy schedules and tonnes of emails. If you have a membership with us, we want to make sure that you don’t waste any time solving problems or navigating websites, so we’ve put together this article with links and tips on pages …

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Skills Builder Global Accelerator

The Skills Builder Partnership (based in the UK) is about to launch the 2023-2024 Global Accelerator for educators. They will work with you and your schools to develop and implement a strategy for teaching their 8 essential skills. It’s a great program that helps you identify opportunities to embed the essential skills within your current …

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Let’s start talking about how many people work in different jobs

Do you know how many other people are working in the same profession as you? I’m a Career Advisor, and there are 1,980 Career Advisors working in Australia, which is about the same as the number of Biochemists (1,918), Air Traffic Controllers (1,951), Recycling Workers (2,041), and Chauffers (2,134). When we talk about jobs, options, …

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ReachOut Lesson: The power of reflection and gratitude

Reflection and gratitude can be powerful tools for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing, especially when managing the ups and downs that life throws at us. The past few years have been challenging for many young people. So, to kick off 2023 on a positive note, ReachOut Schools has developed a new classroom lesson that …

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NSW Teachers Innovation Challenge

An innovation challenge is a compelling way of generating innovative ideas. Teachers will generate ideas for creating new or improving teaching pedagogy and student experience while remaining engaged as the challenge progresses through regular feedback and updates. Faced with rapid technological advances, growing competition, and changing students’ behaviour, schools need to find innovative ways to …

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Work Experience Report from Speakers for Schools

Anyone working in the youth transitions and career education space will know that Work Experience is a big topic of concern. There’s not enough to go around, and students often struggle to find placements that relate to the careers they are considering. But Work Experience makes a huge difference because it gives them first-hand insights …

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What’s Your Strength Cards

This guest article was written by Lucy Sattler, chief Career Practitioner at Study Work Grow and advocate for early career education.    A little while ago, I was lucky enough to receive a pack of What’s your Strength Cards from their creator Katherine Jennick; a Careers Advisor of many years’ experience in the UK.   …

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Have you heard of the Rite Journey?

The Rite Journey is an educational ‘rite of passage’ program designed to help guide students (usually in Year 9) through a year of reflection and growth. Throughout the year, students undergo a series of activities and tasks that help them explore who they are, where they fit, and how they can contribute to the world …

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Updates to the Skills Priority List

The Skills Priority List has been updated to reflect the latest census data and its also now available as an interactive digital tool. It’s clean, fresh, easy to use, and I can imagine it would generate some great conversations with clients or students. You can filter jobs by future demand, location, including rural vs. metro …

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Achieve Fest in the Classroom

Developed by the Prince’s Trust Australia, Achieve Fest is a free, two-day online immersion designed to explore identity, build networks, and develop the skills needed to thrive now and into the future. Achieve Fest is open to young people aged 12 to 18, educators, and parents/guardians across Australia. Achieve Fest is designed to be an …

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Online Career Coaching Opportunity – CareerAbility

The team at Career Ahead are launching a new platform called CareerAbility, where people can search for and book appointments with a career practitioner. It’s a great platform for anyone wanting to do some extra consultations outside existing jobs or private practice. They are seeking expressions of interest from career practitioners across Australia. CareerAbility are …

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Career Associations around the globe

Career education and development is important all around the world. Associations are in place to provide advice and set standards for: Governments Schools Higher education institutions Employers Individuals They’re also there to support the work of the professionals who deliver information and advice to best prepare our young people to compete in the world of …

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Three reasons why schools should deliver regular, engaging Career Learning at all ages

This guest article was written by Lucy Sattler, chief Career Practitioner at Study Work Grow and advocate for early career education.  There’s been a lot of conversation lately about the real purpose of our education system, and while I won’t add any fuel to that particular fire, I think it’s worth sharing these three key …

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An alternative to university

Our thoughts on the rise of the Higher Apprenticeships, and how they present an attractive alternative to university for some of the brightest students out there

How to become a Careers Advisor

Finding your next job, let alone your “dream” job can be challenging for lots of reasons. Careers Advisors are the people to look for, at any stage in life, who could help to guide you in the right direction. Careers Advisors help people navigate their careers Careers Advisors work in schools, tertiary institutions, and as …

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Charles Sturt Stories: Critical Workforces

The 2022 Charles Sturt University Podcast Series: Critical Workforces explores the nation’s critical skills shortages and taps into decades of experience and expertise from experts at the helm of their industry to ask and answer: how can Australia generate more essential workers? The series features commentary from highly esteemed professionals at the top of their …

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Arrive & Thrive Career Resources

Arrive & Thrive have developed a heap of free guides and online resources to help young people learn how to apply for jobs and find a career they’ll love. The resources include PDF guides and online modules, spanning topics such as resume and interview preparation, career design principles, tools for parents, and more. Access and …

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11 Career Podcasts you need to know about

Love listening to podcasts? We’ve pulled together 11 fantastic career-related podcasts to fill up your playlist. These podcasts cover a huge range of topics, from supporting parents to working with neurodiverse learners, and you’ll find more career stories than you’ll ever be able to listen to.   Course and Career Chat – Roadmap Education Kimberley …

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Explore remote career opportunities

This week our resident Career Practitioner Lucy had the opportunity to visit a remote mining town in Far North Queensland to learn about how people live and work in such a beautiful but remote part of the world. While in Weipa, Lucy heard from local business owners, mine workers, and government officials about the types …

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Guide to Thrive – Year 6-7 Transition Program

Guide to Thrive is a series of online resources designed for teachers and families of Year 6 and 7 students, to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and optimism to thrive in secondary school and beyond. Guide to Thrive includes three sections: Teacher professional development modules (mapped to AITSL teaching standards). We recommend that …

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A Letter to the Class of 2022

This guest article was written by Claire Pech, Careers Advisor at Emanuel School, Sydney and owner of careers consultancy Claire Pech Careers.   So many articles were written for the Class of 2020. They were the first group who had any experience of Covid-19. They endured their first ever school closures. Home-learning, home schooling, pandemics and …

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ReachOut Lesson Plan: Understanding and celebrating people with disability

People with disability still face stigma and social barriers that affect their ability to engage fully in their communities. This lesson supports students to empathise with, understand and celebrate people with disability by focusing on Dylan Alcott, the 2022 Australian of the Year. Students also reflect on the identities and experiences of people with disability, …

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Changes to the Australian Blueprint for Career Development

Changes to the Australian Blueprint for Career Development

The new version of the Australian Blueprint for Career Development was released last week, and it’s great. Our CEO Lucy has provided a recap of the big changes: It’s shorter It’s lost about 20 odd pages, and most of those were the matrices, which outlined the competencies by phase and learning taxonomy. There used to …

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PreVET

PreVET is a resource developed by the Department of Education NT for remote indigenous students. It has been designed to show students how the world of work links to the wider community and to themselves, and supports Aboriginal ways of learning. Each module explores a different job within the community in an interactive magazine format, …

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Adelaide 36ers & XVenture Academy Schools Program

From 2023, South Australian secondary school students will have their first opportunity to learn under the tutelage of a professional sporting organization whilst developing essential skills in emotional intelligence, resilience and leadership. National Basketball League (NBL) club Adelaide 36ers has partnered with XVenture to create the Adelaide 36ers & XVenture Schools Program. Aimed at improving …

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Kind Enterprises – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training for Teachers

Kind Enterprises has been engaged by High Resolves to provide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Educator Empowerment Training for 50 Australian High Schools across the country. This program is fully funded by the Federal Department of Social Services and is available free of charge to schools anywhere in Australia; large or small, metro, regional, rural …

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STEM 2022 On Demand

STEM 2022 On demand is a free online and on demand event, made up of a series of outstanding talks and practical workshops. This year’s on demand event will include 20 innovative EdTalks and practical workshops. These are released for important days on the STEM calendar such as National Science Week, World Space Week, National …

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Space resources to inspire girls in your classroom

The Girls in Stem Toolkit (The GiST) recently hosted a webinar on all things space industry, featuring presenters Alice Fairey of the Australian Space Discovery Centre and Peta Kenny of the Victorian Space Education Centre. Alice and Peta provided valuable insight into the current state of space research and education in Australia, with both presenters …

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R U OK?Day at School

R U OK?Day is Thursday 8 September. R U OK? have released a range of tailored resources to help you bring R U OK?Day to your school community. Find lesson plans for all year groups, activities, videos and more: https://www.ruok.org.au/education

RBA Explainer: Causes of Inflation

In response to requests from teachers, the RBA has recently published a brand new explainer, talking about inflation. Causes of Inflation describes what inflation is and the main causes of changes in the inflation rate. The RBA’s Explainer series provides explanation of key economic concepts, the Australian economy and the role of the Reserve Bank. …

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EXCITED 4 Careers in Agriculture

The EXCITED 4 Careers in Agriculture program is targeted at K-10 students in regional and rural communities. Activities will embed career guidance activities in the classroom and strengthen the ability of teachers, parents, and industry professionals to support students in exploring their interests, strengths and values and how these relate to the world of agricultural …

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Engineering In-A-Box

Engineering In-A-Box is a 4-lesson classroom resource designed to show students how engineers impact society through different disciplines, creative thinking, and collaboration. We believe that learning about engineering should be: Accessible for every student in Australia, particularly those in regional areas Based on the real world; not just theoretical Creative and engaging, even for students …

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