Federation: a proud history, a confident futureDecember 10, 2018
As we end our 100th anniversary year, we can look back proud of our union’s achievements over the decades.
Australia: silver medallists when it comes to creating disadvantageNovember 15, 2018
The recent media commentary about private schools and discrimination may have opened up an important debate that, as a nation, is long overdue. And it will need to be much broader than the personal rights of LGBTIQ students and teachers, important though they are.
NSW public school system: only the best will doSeptember 21, 2018
Federation has been at the forefront of demanding that governments at federal and state level ensure that rigorous academics standards are applied at the point of entry into initial teacher education.
Teachers are committed to their students, and to the professionAugust 24, 2018
No doubt you have seen the headlines and social media stories that claim teachers are leaving the profession in droves — just walking away.
Teaching without teachers: A new business planJune 15, 2018
I am concerned that teachers are in danger of losing control of who teaches, what is taught and how we teach, as “edu-businesses” move to directly influence politicians, advisers and policy makers.
Chaplains in schools: probably illegal, certainly immoralMay 18, 2018
In the recent federal Budget, an additional $247 million has been allocated to the schools chaplaincy program. This brings the total amount of funding for the scheme, since its introduction in 2006 by the Howard Government, to about $1 billion.
Proficient and committedMarch 29, 2018
I am writing this in a hotel room in Canberra having spent the day wandering the corridors of Parliament House, accompanied by parents and teachers, dropping in on politicians to argue for a fairer funding model for public schools. It’s a quiet room and as the sun sets, I’m reflecting on the past 40 years.
The Tide is TurningMarch 02, 2018
This year is the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy, known simply as NAPLAN. And it’s time to be frank.