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Back to school: what are we facing in this term? – School news


NAPLAN after the extraordinary abolition in 2020

In a nationwide survey conducted by an online tutoring firm, Cluey Learning, almost half of all parents (49 percent) believe that their child’s teacher is more or less stressed about NAPLAN testing. In addition, more than a third (38 percent) consider standardized testing to be an unfair pressure on teachers.

Following the extraordinary abolition of NAPLAN in 2020, the results of 2021, the year of the virtual class, were published last month. For the first time, data can be compared between similar schools.

Despite projections, the analysis found that distance learning last year did not lead to a statistically significant drop in literacy and beliefs that schools will seek to continue if students re-enter the system in early May.


There is no doubt that the pandemic has changed the face of school fundraising. Over the past two years, schools – and suppliers – have had to switch to online options, capacity reduction measures and cancellations in no time.

The federal election on Saturday, May 21, will be the first major national event traditionally associated with school fundraising, and Fundraising Whisperer founder Mandy Weidman believes “traditional democratic sausage is likely to be a thing of the past.”

This prediction is confirmed by what happened in Western Australia during the 2021 elections in the states, as a result of which applications for postal voting more than doubled compared to previous years, which reduced the number of voters in the booths and ended the traditional democratic school for many schools. fundraising for sausages and cakes.

Mandy advises schools that consider barbecues or pie stalls to review the number of voters present in the booth in previous years, take into account reductions, and then decide whether to continue those numbers.


COVID restrictions have eased over most of the country, although experts predict the virus will remain in schools until the end of the year.

Compared to this time last semester – when about 76% of children aged 12-15 received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and only 24% of children aged 5-12 received a single dose – now more than 80% of children 12 -15 years received two doses, while more than 35% of children 5-12 years were fully vaccinated.

Tracking contacts in schools is a thing of the past, asymptomatic close contacts may remain in school, and masks are no longer needed by staff or students in schools in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, NT, WA and ACT. Tasmania and South Australia have not yet announced their decision at the time of writing.


Due to closed international borders and blockades, in 2021 Australia had the lowest incidence of influenza. In 2019, more than 313,000 cases of influenza were registered. In 2020, there were still more than 20,000 cases, but last year there were less than 500 across the country.

What does this mean for 2022?

With the restoration of international borders as well as schools, experts predict a resurgence of flu cases. While there are concerns that without the spread of the disease over the past two seasons we may be more susceptible to a serious outbreak this year, this can be countered by raising awareness of social distance and personal hygiene, as well as the fact that the flu virus had little chance of mutating in recent years.

Vaccination statistics for January 2022 As Australian students prepare to leave Covid’s closure in the past, teachers are frustrated by the lack of planning | Australia News The Guardian
Vaccination statistics for April 2022 COVID-19 vaccine update – April 23, 2022 (health.gov.au)
Influenza season 2021 Influenza cases reach historic lows in Australia in 2021 – it could be a problem if he returns – ABC News
Plan NAPLAN results do not show the full picture for local schools, says an education expert – ABC News
Elections Dates of federal and state elections since 1901 – AustralianPolitics.com


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