A strong showing is needed at May Day rallies to indicate to politicians that inequity will be an important issue for voters at the federal election — find out details for your local event. Members’ concerns about excessive workload have been conveyed to a federal inquiry, and Federation is calling for an overhaul of suspension and expulsion procedures.
Change the rules, change the nationApril 14, 2019
A strong showing is needed at May Day Change the Rules rallies to indicate to politicians that inequity will be an important issue for voters at the federal election.
Funding choice is plain to seeApril 08, 2019
What is at stake for every public school across Australia in the upcoming federal election was represented in a powerful visual statement on the lawns of Parliament House on Budget day.
No nearer to closing the gapApril 08, 2019
The defeat of the Morrison Government and a successful Fair Funding Now! campaign at the upcoming federal election will be critical to narrowing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across many, if not all, of the targets of the Closing the Gap strategy.
TAFE reimagined as a flexible vocational education provider, responsive to local needsMarch 15, 2019
Groups cognisant of the critical role TAFE plays in the strength of local communities discussed concepts to rejuvenate and modernise the public educator provider at a roundtable hosted by Federation this week.
CPL takes the angst out of the Performance and Development FrameworkMarch 20, 2019
Teachers can use the Performance and Development Framework process to achieve their professional goals without it being an overwhelming experience, Federation members were assured at a recent Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) course.
Community concerns for Bega TAFEApril 09, 2019
Bega TAFE Federation members and the local community are still deeply concerned about plans to further build on the Bega Connected Learning Centre (CLC) site rather than the existing TAFE campus.
Award for Aboriginal education beaconApril 04, 2019
“Bolted in” not “bolted on” is the catch cry at Briar Road Public School, which has received national recognition for its Aboriginal education programs by earning the coveted Arthur Hamilton Award from the Australian Education Union.
Submission calls for new assessment to replace NAPLANMarch 29, 2019
The original, stated purpose of NAPLAN and the My School website have been “terminally corrupted”, the Australian Education Union asserted in its submission to the of the Council of Australian Governments’ review of NAPLAN data.
There’s nothing casual about teachingApril 06, 2019
Which temporary teachers are eligible to receive a year of Beginning Teacher Support Funding?
Student suspension and expulsion procedures need improvementApril 13, 2019
The Department is conducting a review of the suspension and expulsion procedures and the discipline policy but at this stage there are no terms of reference.
Your workplace contactsApril 08, 2019
Scott O’Connell traces his immersion in the union movement back to 10 weeks standing on a picket line outside the mine he worked for, as non-union workers were bussed in to do his job.
Enabling EquityApril 04, 2019
I am writing this column on Budget day, having watched my old school’s submission to the original funding review, where teachers became filmmakers to speak directly to those on the review panel of the needs and aspirations of our students.
CPL supports members closer to homeMarch 18, 2019
The Centre for Professional Learning travels to regional centres to offer high-quality training and support of members working out of Sydney.
Workload burden and how to fix it highlighted to federal MPsMarch 07, 2019
Members’ concerns about excessive workload have been conveyed to a federal inquiry into the status of the teaching profession.
School partners with community on park projectApril 12, 2019
Members of the Gumbaynggirr community gathered to open the new park in Bellwood Aboriginal Reserve and remember the life of Caleb Jarrett, whose name the park now bears.
Council Report: 17 March 2018March 28, 2018
Federation’s March Council was briefed about the Fair Funding Now campaign launched in Canberra on 27 March to turn back the Turnbull Government’s cuts to schools when it tore up the national funding agreement with the states.
Multicultural mattersApril 09, 2019
EAL/D: What is it and why do we need qualified EAL/D specialist teachers?
Data spin and education cross-pollinisationApril 16, 2019
The need for teachers’ unions and the education research community to cross-pollinate is essential in an increasingly data-dense world if the best interests of public education are to be served, a summit held at Federation headquarters was told.
Use your professional wisdom to shift the mindset in your school for the betterMarch 05, 2019
You have a key role to play in shifting schools and young people to a creative mindset, principal members of Federation were told by Pasi Sahlberg
Trauma-informed educationMarch 09, 2019
Childhood trauma and toxic stress are recognised as the world’s leading health epidemic and only recently have its consequences and remedies started trickling down to education policy and practice, members were told at March’s Principals’ Conference.
Federation member in running for global awardMarch 21, 2019
Rooty Hill High School humanities teacher Yasodai Selvakumaran has been named among the top 10 teachers in the world and is now vying for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize.
Association Spotlight: Wagga Wagga Teachers AssociationApril 08, 2019
Our meetings Attendance varies with workload and the pressure of work throughout the year. We generally have attendance of between five to 10 members. We run a smooth meeting, getting through the agenda in about an hour, unless schools have business they would like to discuss in more detail.
Connecting communities through Aboriginal EducationApril 10, 2019
The words of the Uluru Statement from the Heart resonated with the delegates at the Friday Night Forum of the annual Aboriginal Members Conference, especially one 11-year-old boy.
Women in EducationApril 10, 2019
Workplace and Association role crucial for representation
Vale Barry ManefieldApril 05, 2019
Former Federation President Barry Manefield was remembered for his ability to portray to the public a logical, caring and acceptable image of Federation's campaigns.
Religious education changes a step in right directionApril 05, 2019
Federation has successfully pursued a number of positive changes to Special Religious Education (SRE).
Paper PlaneApril 05, 2019
Entering a primary classroom for a secondary teacher can be quite confronting. In my new job, I am working across both primary and secondary and last week found myself taking a grade 2 class for a lesson.
Fun puts motivation back into writingMarch 28, 2019
Members attending the Centre for Professional Learning’s recent Secondary English Stage 6 Conference were provided with a barrage of suggestions for the HSC course, including that the teaching and learning experience can be fun.
Retired Teachers Association newsApril 03, 2019
CRUMA report, Sydney Heritage Fleet, International Women’s Day, Upcoming events
A simple moral choice: some children or all children?April 11, 2019
As a nation, we can decide to give our teachers in public schools the resources they need for the task at hand or we continue to advantage those private schools that are over-funded.
Counsellors hit the pay wallApril 11, 2019
I have worked as a District School Counsellor and District Guidance Officer for the Department over the past 28 years, in a number of regions in NSW.
Teacher housing: battle of the bushApril 08, 2019
Accommodation has consistently been a problem for teachers in rural areas.
Film reviewApril 09, 2019
Peterloo, En guerre, Everybody knows, Swimming with Men and Dumbo
Theatre ReviewApril 10, 2019
Theatre is so diverse, as demonstrated by the shows I have seen recently: a musical Spamalot, a satire How to Rule The World and Every Brilliant Thing, which is difficult to describe.
CorkscrewApril 05, 2019
Berton Vineyards 2016 Heathcote Shiraz. This limited shiraz shows a vibrant pink hue around the rim with a deep inky black colour, the hallmark of this wine. Myriad fruit and other flavours on the nose range from chocolate, raspberry and vanilla to earthy, black peppery spice.
Help grow union's membershipApril 17, 2019
Call centre volunteers requiredApril 03, 2019
Members keen to see properly resourced public schools have been taking to the phones to inform fellow teachers of what’s at stake when it comes to voting at the federal election.
Federation shows its colours at Mardi GrasApril 06, 2019
An estimated 500,000 spectators lined the footpaths, rooftops and balconies of Oxford Street to cheer on more than 12,500 marchers celebrating Sydney’s LGBTIQ communities on Saturday, 2 March.
Mass of beginning teachers’ questions answered at Federation conferenceMarch 19, 2019
New Federation members — keen to have all their questions about the profession answered — paid close attention at the Beginning Teachers Conference held in Bundanoon at the weekend.
Workplace contacts supported with trainingApril 10, 2019
The work of the union is strengthened by members who stand for election in their workplaces with the aim of advancing our policies and strengthening the resolve of members to work toward achieving our goals.
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