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Your role in maintaining inclusive learning environments

March 30, 2022
Mandy Wells
Multicultural Officer/City Organiser

The promotion of inclusivity and the elimination of racism in all its forms is an ethical responsibility of all teacher-unionists. Challenging racism requires your ongoing commitment to:

  • applying knowledge of your students’ culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to your teaching practice (this also ensures you will be better able to meet the academic, social and welfare needs of your students and their families)
  • gaining an understanding of the policies and programs that underpin multicultural education.

Your union, working with you
Our union has a proud history of campaigning for the right of all people to be treated in a safe, dignified, respectful manner. We are committed to supporting members in their advocacy and support for multicultural education and culturally inclusive practices in our public schools, and to removing barriers which result in racist outcomes.

Federation endorses teacher professional learning that supports members in addressing the needs of diverse school communities. Our Centre for Professional Learning provides high-quality professional development and support for Federation members in a range of multicultural education areas. Trade Union Training courses are also offered to members who want to develop skills in advocacy and campaigning in response to specific multicultural and Aboriginal education issues. As a union of educators, all members have the responsibility to organise, oppose, act and educate against racism in all its forms.

The Department’s responsibility
Policies of the Department of Education commit all schools to strengthening the understanding of racism among staff and students to help them identify, challenge and reduce its impacts; and to embed student wellbeing approaches that increase student engagement, support participation in learning and increase the retention of multicultural and Aboriginal students in our schools. Anti-racism education is central to ensuring that students, regardless of their cultural background, have full access to quality programs.

The Department has responsibility for the implementation of Multicultural Education strategies. These strategies underpin the principles of cultural diversity, anti-racism education and the support of English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D), new arrival migrant and refugee students. The Department has a responsibility to provide access to specialist EAL/D teachers and support staff, additional funding based on student need, along with the programs, resources, and professional learning to promote inclusivity, community harmony, anti-racism, intercultural understanding, and positive relationships between students from diverse backgrounds.

Federation is committed to supporting members and their schools in the pursuit of achieving the principles of multicultural education.

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