Details on Labor’s $14.1 billion commitment to increased funding for public schools. If you use your own money to purchase supplies for your school or students, you are not alone. Some good news for members working in drought-affected areas.
Labor releases details of $14bn school-funding commitmentsNovember 01, 2018
The Federal Labor Opposition has released the school-by-school details of its commitment to $14.1 billion of increased funding for public schools.
Nine in ten public school teachers use own money for student supplies: surveyOctober 26, 2018
More than nine in ten public school teachers use their own money to purchase supplies for their school or students, according to the latest ‘State of our Schools’ online survey.
Clear message from Nowra TAFE forumNovember 13, 2018
In the federal electorate of Gilmore, attendees at a community forum had a strong message to send: a well-resourced and properly funded TAFE is vital in regional areas such as the Shoalhaven.
Consultation important in HSC monitoringNovember 16, 2018
After discussions with Federation, the Department has revised the 2019 HSC monitoring procedures and guidance material relating to these procedures, soon to be released.
Learning progressions and PLAN2 questions answeredNovember 16, 2018
Federation has continued to pursue teacher concerns regarding the implementation of learning progressions and the use of PLAN2 in Early Action for Success schools and others.
NSW public sector gets paid DV leaveNovember 19, 2018
Federation has welcomed the announcement by the NSW Government that it will introduce 10 days of paid domestic and family violence leave per year for NSW public sector employees, including teachers.
Backpack Full of CashNovember 13, 2018
Federation has hosted the first Australian public screening of Backpack Full of Cash, a documentary that explores the American education reform movement and its impact on public education.
Schools bordering drought-affected areas can apply for staffing maintenanceNovember 17, 2018
Communities affected by drought will have staffing levels at their schools maintained, in a significant success for Federation members.
Unified funding call for electionsNovember 14, 2018
Federation has set joint campaign priorities for the NSW and federal elections, based around funding needs.
NSW signs bilateral schools funding agreementNovember 08, 2018
NSW has signed a bilateral agreement with the Federal Government that will deliver an additional $6.4 billion to public schools over the next ten years.
Phonics and the literacy journey, part 1: Start with quality, literary textsNovember 07, 2018
The purpose of reading is to make meaning of text in the broadest sense, so that should be a priority from the moment a child is born, Professor Robyn Ewing told K-6 teachers at a Centre for Professional Learning literacy course recently.
Phonics and the literacy journey, part 2: Go from the meaningful to the abstractNovember 08, 2018
Laughing kids learn, curriculum consultant David Hornsby reminded teachers attending the Centre for Professional Learning’s course, Understanding the Role of Phonics in the Literacy Journey.
Phonics and the literacy journey, part 3: A compelling case for poetry every dayNovember 09, 2018
Use poetry, song, literature, drama and the visual arts every day in your classroom to help students’ oral language development, lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Dr Kathy Rushton says.
Help is on its wayNovember 15, 2018
Federation is in the final stages of preparing a toolkit titled “Bullying: a Work Health and Safety Issue” to be sent to Federation committees to raise awareness of the risk of injury due to bullying in workplaces.
Public preschool educationNovember 14, 2018
The provision of free public preschool education in NSW is one of the worst of any state or territory in Australia. Of all early childhood education service types available in NSW, government preschools account for only 5 per cent. Enrolment share follows a similar pattern.
There’s nothing casual about teachingNovember 11, 2018
Casual teacher booking processes.
Association Spotlight: BlayneyNovember 08, 2018
Blayney is a small country town in the central west of the state, situated between Bathurst and Orange, the two regional centres in the area.
Change is coming from the classroomOctober 31, 2018
Engagement between Australia’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is shifting, says author and Indigenous literary advocate Dr Anita Heiss, and the classroom is taking the lead.
Your Workplace ContactsNovember 09, 2018
The tumultuous years of Terry Metherell’s control of the Education Ministry sowed the seeds of activism and fairness in a young Luke Di Salvia.
Morrison Government’s contestable funding has failedNovember 09, 2018
The announcement that NSW will be sending TAFE students to registered clubs to do their courses is further proof of the failed and damaging contestable funding policy of the federal and state governments.
VET teacher training issues clarifiedNovember 15, 2018
VET teachers have raised concerns about new requirements for the Certificate IV imposed by the regulator Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) on all registered training authorities delivering VET courses.
Forum hears of problems with gaol education privatisationOctober 02, 2018
A public forum on prison education has examined the effects of privatisation on the provision of education in NSW gaols and to evaluate the quality of that education.
Council Report: 3 November 2018November 13, 2018
The NSW Teachers Federation Council plays an important part in the democratic processes of the union.
World AIDS Day 2018November 11, 2018
Saturday, 1 December, marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, with the theme, “Know Your Status”. More than 120 countries around the world hold events to raise awareness of preventative measures, testing and treatments and also to remember those who have lost their lives to, and support those who are living with, the HIV/AIDS virus.
Vale Richard GillNovember 09, 2018
Renowned Australian conductor, educator, advocate — and, more recently, television celebrity — Richard Gill died on 28 October, a matter of days before he would have turned a youthful and energetic 77.
Vale Ray HoldenNovember 12, 2018
Federation Life Member Ray Holden always regarded himself as a rank and file activist in Federation — and was proud of it. He died in the last week of October, aged in his early 90s.
Paper PlaneNovember 12, 2018
At 12.30pm on the Sunday before any school term resumes, you can guarantee an email from the principal welcoming you back.
The power to transform livesNovember 05, 2018
Childhood trauma is an epidemic and the single biggest health crisis of our times, a Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) conference was told today, and that crisis was even worse for children with a disability.
History Lesson: Local efforts at the core of union successesNovember 08, 2018
Federation has long-standing staffing-related policies that seek to benefit students and teachers: a statewide staffing system built upon transfers, class sizes, permanency and the promotions system. But staffing improvements in these areas have only been achieved because of the contribution of teachers’ local activities.
Program gives women a motivational pushOctober 09, 2018
Teacher Khrystyna Greenfield credits Federation’s Anna Stewart Program for giving her the final “motivational push” to lift her to the next level of advocacy and activism for the union.
Retired Teachers Association newsNovember 14, 2018
Why join the Retired Teachers Association?, Challenges to the ABC, CRUMA report, AFTINet report, Opera House outrage, Upcoming events
Grant to look at helping refugee studentsNovember 10, 2018
A Sydney principal aiming to produce best-practice policies to improve the emotional, social and learning needs of refugee students has been awarded Federation’s 2019 Eric Pearson Study Grant.
Strong voice for kidsNovember 14, 2018
November Council passed a motion condemning the Morrison Government for refusing to immediately bring refugees and asylum seekers to Australia to access urgently needed medical attention and other services.
Record of NSW school life could be richerOctober 30, 2018
The collection of photographs and documents detailing NSW public schools, students and teachers held by NSW State Archives would be larger had more material not been lost, thrown out, kept by schools or in private hands.
Max Taylor: Of coats and spiesOctober 17, 2018
Who would have imagined the role a humble jacket would play in Federation history? Speaking as part of the Unity! Strength! Justice! exhibition, former General Secretary and President Max Taylor spoke of the jacket’s vital role in the heady days of Federation militancy of the ’70s and ’80s.
Central Coast teachers mark centenary with donationNovember 10, 2018
Teachers from the Central Coast associations are passionate about the kids they teach and supporting Stewart House, because they know first hand the help a 12-day program at Stewart House can be for children who are doing it tough.
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.
Film reviewNovember 19, 2018
Green Book, Journey’s End, Boy Erased, Fahrenheit 11/9, Lean on Pete
Book ReviewsNovember 20, 2018
At the End of Holyrood Lane, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Women and Power: A Manifesto, Gender Diversity and Non-Binary Inclusion in the Workplace: The Essential Guide for Employers
Theatre ReviewNovember 11, 2018
Regular readers will know I like all sorts of theatre, which does not mean I like it all, although it must be said that I mostly do as I choose what I see.
Corkscrew: wine reviewsNovember 10, 2018
The 2014 Gartelmann Jesse Shiraz is a gold-medal winning wine (2017 Mudgee Wine Show) that shows a ruby garnet hue around the rim indicating its age.
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