Check out initial findings from the workload survey and what Federation is doing with them. Opinion is mounting against NAPLAN — read who wants the assessment replaced. There’s some good news for TAFE.
Let teachers teach — Call to reduce paperworkMay 07, 2018
Federation is seeking a meeting with NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes to call for a review of administrative and paperwork requirements, plus more direct support from the Department to schools in relation to student learning needs.
Voices opposing NAPLAN mountMay 07, 2018
The call for reform of NAPLAN is growing, as criticism of the tests and reporting of results comes under increasing scrutiny.
Minister commits to permanent teachers in TAFEApril 20, 2018
The Minister for TAFE Adam Marshall has listened to TAFE teachers and committed to recruit permanent teachers to TAFE NSW.
Governments must step up on funding school infrastructureMay 15, 2018
Over the next 10 to 12 years public school enrolments will grow by 23 per cent, demanding a major commitment to expenditure on school infrastructure and a thoroughly informed and well-planned program of public works.
Unions recognise TAFE as best providerMay 09, 2018
TAFE has strong support within the union movement as the preferred provider of vocational education. Trades unions appreciate the breadth of education provided by TAFE, including industrial issues encountered in the workplace and the fact that TAFE provides opportunities for apprentices to learn about and join their union.
Leave win for surrogacy and out-of-home careApril 11, 2018
After lengthy negotiations led by Federation and other public sector unions, and amid delays by NSW Treasury, teachers can finally access leave for surrogacy and permanent out-of-home care.
Damaging policy cuts schools’ supportMay 11, 2018
It is critical that Federation members and public school communities remain committed to holding governments to meeting the minimum resource standard, as detailed in the Fair Funding Now campaign, so schools can adequately address the learning needs of all students.
Budget puts big business ahead of educationMay 12, 2018
Federation welcomes Labor’s commitment to restore, in full, the $17 billion cut from schools by the Turnbull Government.
Fairness sacrificed, says Shadow Education MinisterMay 07, 2018
The Turnbull Government has sacrificed fairness for consistency, federal Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek told Federation’s May Council meeting on Saturday.
Teachers send strong message to COAGApril 13, 2018
State and federal ministers in Adelaide for a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting have been presented with a letter signed by 5900 teachers, principals, support staff and parents calling for fair funding of public schools.
Parent leaders primed for campaignMay 14, 2018
New research has shown teachers and principals are ideally placed to drive the campaign for fair funding for public schools.
Latest Gonski review highlights need to fund its reformsMay 01, 2018
Significant resources are needed to fund the recommendations in David Gonski’s latest report on education, yet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has cut $1.9 billion from public schools over the next two years.
Association Spotlight: Camden-CampbelltownMay 15, 2018
Our Association is home to the Tharawal people, bordered by the Gandangara to the south and Muringong to the north of the Nepean River.
There's nothing casual about teachingMay 18, 2018
Why should casual teachers develop a PDP and engage in the Performance and Development Framework?
Documentary covers Federation’s contribution to Aboriginal educationMay 21, 2018
It was an idea hatched at an Aboriginal Friday Night Forum in 2015, a documentary tracing the stories of members who set the way for today’s Aboriginal teachers and the contribution of Federation’s long campaign to uphold the rights of our First Peoples and advance the cause of Aboriginal education.
Huge win for Victoria’s TAFE teachersMay 17, 2018
This month’s Victorian Budget announcement will increase public sector wages 11.2 per cent by 30 June next year.
TAFE bound by outdated training packagesMay 14, 2018
TAFE should be approved to develop local qualifications outside the present restrictive training package regime, according to renowned academic and former TAFE teacher Professor Leesa Wheelahan.
Paper planeMay 11, 2018
My new school likes to celebrate birthdays. Since starting there, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve gathered in the staff room to sing happy birthday and eat piles of food generously brought in by colleagues. It’s safe to say that life is good. Who doesn’t love a morning tea?
Your Workplace ContactsMay 14, 2018
The resolution of a dispute at Narraweena Public School on the northern beaches inspired Federation Representative Pierre-Yves Dejean to coin a new union catchcry: “Divided we beg, united we bargain!”
ABC Friends in need of teachersApril 23, 2018
Lobby group ABC Friends has urged teachers to join the fight to defend the national broadcaster from funding cuts and a conservative political agenda, including the assault by the Murdoch press.
Council Report: 5 May 2018May 18, 2018
Key issues discussed at May Council included Federation’s response to “Gonski 2.0”, the preliminary findings arising from the Understanding the work of schools survey, the push for a new NAPLAN, protecting and enhancing staffing entitlements and initial teacher education.
Campaign method keeps local issues from spirallingMay 16, 2018
Federation’s Delegates Conference offered a workshop that focused on organising around local issues and problems to develop the skills, strengths and capabilities of our on-the-ground activists.
News from the Retired Teachers AssociationMay 18, 2018
The Combined Retired Union Members Association is seeking clarification from Unions NSW about the State Government’s decision to penalise union officials and unions for engaging in industrial action.
Improvements won for Hospitality teachers and Career AdvisersMay 16, 2018
Federation has won important gains to relieve workload for hospitality teachers and clarify the classroom teaching requirements of career advisers.
President dashes minister’s attackMay 11, 2018
Teachers, as a grouping, generally like to follow the rules. They like to know the boundaries, they like their students to follow the rules (sometimes with more or less success) but if the rules are wrong they have a duty, a professional obligation, to speak out — sometimes as individuals, sometimes as a collective voice. The collective is always more powerful.
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.
Your say: From little things, a union will growMay 16, 2018
This year I made the move to Timor-Leste to work in one of the several remote districts. My school has about 600 students from kindergarten to year 12 and I teach the national English curriculum. English, along with Tetun, Portuguese, and Bahasa Indonesian are mandatory subjects in high school. Portuguese and Tetun are taught from primary school.
Book ReviewsMay 11, 2018
This edition of book reviews includes The Tree by Neal Layton, The Pobblebonk Earth Detective Club, Going Wild by Sue Baker and The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.
Film ReviewsMay 09, 2018
This edition of Film Reviews includes: Gurrumul, Cargo, Breath, Chappaquiddick, Tully and Loveless.
Theatre reviewMay 10, 2018
I rarely see shows I dislike. My time is running out and I choose my shows carefully.
Corkscrew: wine reviewMay 09, 2018
This edition's corkscrew includes: 2016 Reserve Chardonnay, 2014 Robert Stein Shiraz, Berton Vineyard Reserve 2016 Botrytis Semillon plus more.
Seminar addresses inclusion of diverse familiesMay 10, 2018
With the recent legal recognition of same-sex marriages in Australia, being inclusive of LGBTIQ people and their families is an important topic. Consequently, Federation recently teamed with the Gayby Baby Project to develop a seminar for teachers to consider how to welcome all types of families into school settings, including LGBTIQ families.
Story of our union bannerMay 02, 2018
There are interesting narratives associated with every aspect of Federation’s centenary marching banner, unveiled at the May Day Toast, held at Federation’s Surry Hills headquarters on 1 May.
Association works towards wider participationMay 10, 2018
As the first term of the 2018 school year came to an end, teachers from the St Marys-Mt Druitt Association gathered for an afternoon of barefoot bowls and pizza.
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