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Sun newspapers Wed 3 Feb 2016



Sun newspapers Wed 3 Feb 2016


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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V1 - SUBE01Z01MA appreciated. That appreciation came from within the community and the Education Department. Times have changed. These days accountability, assessment and compliance requirements have a major influence on education. People are called to account more zealously. Appreciation is less forthcoming and demand for results within narrow academic strands of accomplishment are the focus. Trust in teachers and school staff to do their jobs without their efforts being closely monitored has all but vanished. Accountability and compliance pressures have resulted in a refocus of teaching strategies and data collection. Data is all about justification. It is the No. 1 topic at educational meetings in schools and higher departmental levels. Focus on data, student results and comparisons of NT students with those elsewhere are the major drivers. This pressure puts educators under constant stress. There is no respite and no longer an underlying enjoyment of teaching. This is transferred to students, as both they and teachers work to meet predetermined teaching and learning outcomes. Teachers and students must be trusted to teach and learn without the need for their every move to be minutely examined. ABOUT HENRY A Territorian since 1975, Henry has worked in remote, town and urban communities. He was principal at Leanyer School from 1992 until he retired in 2012. *Free Polarising lens upgrade in 2nd pair subject to your prescription. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer ends 6th March 2016. ^Price complete with standard single vision lenses. Multifocals and bifocals also available at an extra cost. Second pair must be from the same price range of frames and lens range or below. Must be same prescription. Price correct at time of print. Extra options not included. Frames available while stocks last. 2016 Specsavers Optical Group. Free polarising in your prescription sunglasses* In one pair when you select 2 pairs from the $199 range or above. With a range of over 100 prescription sunglasses including fantastic designs from Alex Perry, Collette Dinnigan and more, summer has never looked so good. Visit specsavers.com.au to fi nd your local store. AUSTRALIAS #1 SITE TO HIRE TRADIES Take command of your next home improvement project with hipages.com.au. For over 11 years, weve connected more than 1 million Australians with professional tradies. Whatever your project, from small cleaning and repair jobs to complete home renovations, well do all the leg work by matching you with up to three qualified tradies to quote on your job. Visit hipages.com.au or download the app and youll be ruling your next reno in no time. BE THE MASTER OF ALL TRADES WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3 2016 OPINION 11 Stress rising as data reigns FOR better or worse, the innate trust once vested in schools, principals, teachers and support staff has diminished. There was a time when people working in schools were trusted to do their jobs. They were appreciated for the way they went about delivering on their educational commitments. While there were some who did not live up to that trust, the majority of school-based employees did the right thing. There was also a time when teachers and parents could work together proactively to help students overcome poor learning attitudes. They were on the same side. These days there is a tendency for teachers to be blamed if student learning outcomes do not meet expectations. Most educators worked far beyond the school day. The majority were at work early and stayed until well after students left. Weekend and holiday work was common. Those who worked in schools during the 1960s until the mid 1990s would remember those times. It felt good to be trusted and

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