Primary-school leaders in Australia are criticising the country's teacher-training programmes, which they say are insufficient and inconsistent. A recent report showed similar problems with teacher-training among educators in the country's secondary schools. "We need students to understand the theory underpinning teaching," said Gabrielle Leigh, president of the Victorian Principals Association. "But it's the implementation strategies -- the actual teaching skills of how to impart knowledge, how to work with small groups or those that need extension, how to teach literacy and numeracy -- that seem to be lacking in too many courses."

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