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Learning outcomes in primary school children with emotional problems: A prospective cohort study


This paper in Child and Adolescent Mental Health examines the impact of childhood anxiety and depression on academic performance in Melbourne primary school students. It emphasises the need for collaboration between education and health systems to support children's mental health and academic outcomes, relevant for practitioners in both fields.

Treading water: Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth transitions

Children and Young People, Education

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research conducted a study using LSAY data to analyse the impact of COVID-19 on young Australians. Findings indicate increased underemployment, higher education participation, and a rise in probable serious mental illness among young people. The report sheds light on the effects of the pandemic on education, employment, wellbeing, and financial and social circumstances.

Supporting children who experience bullying

Children and Young People, Education, Health and Wellbeing

Emerging Minds podcast series on bullying explores supporting mental health of children who engage in or experience bullying. Part one discusses speaking sensitively about bullying, discouraging self-blame, and fostering self-worth. Valuable for practitioners seeking guidance on addressing bullying-related issues with children.

Vocational education and training in regional, rural and remote Australia

Education, Regional Rural and Remote Areas

This report by Jobs and Skills Australia analyses vocational education and training (VET) access and outcomes in regional, rural, and remote Australia. It highlights the influence of local conditions on VET provision, higher engagement in lower-level qualifications in non-metropolitan areas, and consistent student satisfaction across regions. Valuable for practitioners in the VET sector.

Tackling under-achievement: why Australia should embed high-quality small-group tuition in schools


The Grattan Institute's report emphasises the benefits of small-group tuition for literacy and numeracy in schools. International research shows that regular small-group tuition can improve student learning by up to four months per year, helping to address learning gaps, especially for disadvantaged learners. Implementing small-group tuition for 1 in 5 children this year could increase their collective earning potential by over $6 billion.

A student-centred approach: Understanding higher education pathways through co-design

Education, Regional Rural and Remote Areas

This paper from the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education summarises findings and recommendations from a study on barriers and motivations for rural, regional, and remote Australian students in accessing post-secondary education. The study highlights the need for a participatory and collaborative approach to address the lower engagement rates in these areas.

In-Home Care evaluation report

Early years, Education, Regional Rural and Remote Areas

This report from the Australian Institute for Family Studies evaluates the In-Home Care program, which aimed to support early childhood education and care for specific cohorts. It finds that while the program reached its target groups, a shortage of qualified educators hindered its ability to meet demand, posing financial viability concerns. These findings highlight the need for addressing educator shortages to ensure the program's effectiveness and sustainability.

Transitioning to adulthood from Out-of-Home Care: A review of the literature

Education, Out of Home Care (OOHC)

The CREATE Foundation has released a report on the transition from out-of-home care for young people, addressing the challenges and key issues they face, including education, health, accommodation, and family relationships. This valuable resource equips family service practitioners with insights to better support young individuals navigating the leaving care process.

Evaluation of the 2018 changes to the Australian child care system

Early years, Education

The Australian National University's Centre for Social Research and Methods evaluated the 2018 national reforms to early childhood education and care. The findings indicate modest improvements in childcare affordability for low and middle-income families, but limited impact on workforce participation. These insights are valuable for family service practitioners to understand the outcomes of the reforms and tailor their support accordingly.

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