'Callous' training firm cops $26.5m rebuke

A training institute that had operations in Western Australia has been slapped with a record $26.5 million penalty and must repay $56 million to the federal government over "callous" student recruitment tactics.

Breight fills training gap, wins Newmont contract

Mining services company Breight Group has established a specialist training centre in Belmont to lift the skill level of workers undertaking maintenance and shutdowns on mine sites.

Feedback helps you move forward

OPINION: Listening to feedback can be confronting, but failure to do so can be detrimental to a school’s performance.

Teachers need better incentives: report

A recent Grattan Institute report has proposed a $1.6 billion reform package to make careers in teaching more attractive to students with strong ATAR scores.

State govt awards $23m of construction contracts

FIRM Construction and McCorkell Constructions have secured school contracts, while Broad Construction and Devlyn Constructions will undertake works for government departments, amid $23 million of new deals announced over the past fortnight.

Pyke leads student build group

A new student accommodation proposal has emerged on Wellington Street, on a development site owned by a syndicate of investors including former Adelaide Crows coach and West Coast Eagles footballer Don Pyke.

Synergy wins $30m govt contract

Synergy has secured a substantial electricity supply deal with the North Metropolitan Health Service, one of several electricity contracts awarded by government agencies in the health and education sectors in recent months.

Vale Alex Cohen

Former University of Western Australia chancellor Alex Cohen has been remembered as one of the state’s most respected medical figures.

Education opportunities start with the state’s schools

Some of Western Australia’s top private schools are feeling the effects of the state’s ongoing economic malaise, recording a decline in enrolments in recent years.

Chapman refocuses universities’ role

Edith Cowan University vice-chancellor Stephen Chapman has questioned whether it is the role of universities to prepare students for particular jobs.

The not-so-great age divide

OPINION: School leaders and parents are increasingly questioning the way classrooms are organised.

Market improves for graduates

The graduate jobs market is a competitive environment, but there is cause for optimism as parts of the state’s economy emerge out of a downturn.

Fogarty makes $15m commitment

The philanthropically minded family behind education-focused Fogarty Foundation has made a $15 million funding commitment to back next-generation, technology focused enterprises driven by past and present students in its scholarship programs.

Report questions uni focus

Australian school students are frequently overlooking vocational education in favour of going to university to the detriment of their future career prospects, according to a report from the Grattan Institute.

Partnership, not persecution

OPINION: Parents naturally want the best for their children, but increasingly forceful representations to, and demands of, teachers is a problem.

Size matters when it comes to burnout

OPINION: Determining the ideal classroom size is arguably the number one topic on the long list of thorny education issues to have divided policymakers, academics, school leaders, teachers, parents and even students over the past 50 years.

Two WA universities in Australian top 10

Curtin University and the University of Western Australia rank in the top ten universities in Australia, with Curtin jumping from 16th position to ninth in the past year, according to the Center for World University Rankings.

ANU taps Bishop for chancellor

Former foreign minister Julie Bishop will become the first female chancellor of the Australian National University.

Allegro to invest in PRC

Australian private equity firm Allegro Funds says it will make a significant investment in Western Australia’s largest diagnostic imaging provider, Perth Radiological Clinic, the latest in a string of deals for the sector.

Bursting the school groupthink bubble

OPINION: The most effective school leaders know how to work cooperatively with the members of their team, even welcoming dissent, to achieve optimal outcomes.

Constable Care expands into the UK

Western Australia-based Constable Care Child Safety Foundation has gone global with the launch of its safety education app, Arility, in the UK.