Two ANZELA grants offered

Carol Howard

Apply now for an opportunity to attend the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association 2014 National Conference, Adelaide 1–3 October.

Two grants valued between $1750 (Sydney) and $2050 (non-Sydney region) are available to NSW schools’ legal studies teachers and executive staff who have a demonstrated interest in education law and would not be funded by their school to attend.

The grants will be inclusive of the conference fee of approximately $850. The conference fee will be paid directly by the NSW Chapter to the organisers.

The conference theme, “Walking the tightrope — getting the balance right: Issues and challenges in education law”, will allow for an opportunity to explore numerous areas of tension that exist in education and in law.

Information related to the conference and the association can be found at

A 2013 grant recipient, Donna Shelley human society and its environment teacher/careers adviser at Bombala High School, provided this review of her experience at ANZELA:

“We are a small school with 160 students and I would not have been able to attend the conference if it had not been for the NSW ANZELA Chapter grant I was lucky enough to receive …

“The highlights of my conference day were sessions on legal literacy and ICT, cyberbullying and the United States model of Police in Schools in light of the Columbine and Sandy Hook massacres. It was a very confronting session on the gun control measures in place in the majority of US States.

“The final day of the conference was again a personal choice of four concurrent sessions directly after the introduction of the 2014 Conference in Adelaide. [The] sessions were informative and relevant in both a legal and whole school context.

“Sessions ranged from ways to deal with ‘Badly behaving parents’, how Victoria and Tasmanian unions work to make new teachers aware of their responsibilities, and liability for negligent teachers/teaching practices. After lunch there was a very entertaining and hilarious debate between legal practitioners and students focusing on the topic ‘The law should stay out of schools’.

“Overall, my experience over the few days at the ANZELA Conference was empowering and enriching.

“I couldn’t wait to return to my school and share my experiences and new knowledge with our Executive, staff, students and wider school community. I again would like to take this opportunity to thank the NSW Teachers Federation and NSW Chapter of ANZELA for their financial assistance. I would encourage any teacher of Legal Studies to take the time to apply — actually no, I would like to participate again, in Adelaide in 2014!"

Application forms can be obtained from and returned to Robert Horton, NSW President of ANZELA at or telephone: (02) 9293 5434.

Applications will be accepted up until 5pm on Friday June 13.

ANZELA’s members include school principals, teachers and administrators from the public and private sectors; government and private lawyers; union officials; and university lecturers in law and education.

Carol Howard is Secretary, NSW Chapter ANZELA.