We round out the year with school members voting to accept a new salaries Award. Meetings of TAFE members show they’re unified on priorities ahead of negotiations for their Enterprise Agreement. Federation and principal bodies oppose targets that would add to teachers’ workload, plus articles celebrating the work of teachers.
Statewide meetings endorse new awardDecember 10, 2019
Federation members came together at more than 200 venues across the state on 5 December to overwhelmingly endorse the new salaries and conditions Award for the next two years
Power of the collective delivers IEC winNovember 28, 2019
Member action at the local level and Federation’s representations to the Department will see a new Intensive English Centre (IEC) established in the northern NSW town of Armidale from the commencement of the 2020 school year.
Different paths — same directionDecember 15, 2019
It's never too early or too late to come to Federation activism. In fact, there's never been a better time
Collective opposition to system-wide setting of school targetsNovember 22, 2019
Federation and principal bodies have presented a united front in response to the Department of Education’s imposition of further layers of target-setting, which will add to the workload of teachers in public schools.
Union stands with Pacific educatorsDecember 11, 2019
A high-level conference of Pacific teacher unions has heard how government reforms are undermining public education in the region.
There’s nothing casual about teachingNovember 27, 2019
On my visits to schools, and through enquiries fielded by Officers, conversations with members are often the focus on the nature of temporary engagements.
Chalk one up for teachers on frontDecember 08, 2019
Members of the public education community have reached out to assist those in need during the current bushfire season in a range of ways
If not now, when?December 08, 2019
How can we get action on climate change when the Premier of NSW and other political leaders refuse to talk about it?
Survey will guide salary bargainingDecember 12, 2019
Federation has been holding meetings with TAFE members to undertake a survey and discuss upcoming enterprise bargaining.
Wrong site for Bega campusDecember 15, 2019
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee has chosen the wrong location for the Bega TAFE construction project.
Workplace contactsDecember 09, 2019
Bridget Poon’s experience during the campaign against voluntary student unionism of the mid-2000s whet her appetite for unions and the collective voice.
2020 membership feesDecember 13, 2019
Under the Rules, the power to set the fees, as with all financial decisions, rests with the Branch Executive. This is qualified by Branch Rule 4 “Subscriptions and Levies”.
Lessons bridge swimming gapDecember 09, 2019
With the summer break approaching, enjoying a swim at the beach, in a river, lake or pool is part of Australian life over the increasingly hot summer holidays
Program saves children from deep troubleDecember 09, 2019
On a sunny summer’s day at picturesque North Sydney Olympic Pool — with the harbour lapping at the door and the iconic bridge towering overhead — it has to be the best classroom in the world.
Aquatic classroom brings wave of benefitsDecember 10, 2019
Knowledge and confidence in and around aquatic environments — as well as an increased awareness of risks and dangers in the water — play a lead role in the development of public school students participating in the School Swimming and Water Safety Program.
Council report: 23 November 2019December 04, 2019
Thursday, 9 April, 2020, will be the cut-off date for determining each local association’s financial membership, and therefore Councillor and Annual Conference Delegate entitlements for 2021-22.
Campaign goes on...December 14, 2019
For decades, school funding has been an area of contested policy between governments. This year was to be the final year of the original “Gonski agreements”.
Public education: the bedrock of a democracyDecember 10, 2019
It was Canadian philosopher John Ralston Saul who argued that any society that educates more than 10 per cent of its children in private schools can no longer call itself a democracy. Australia is well above that figure. Saul is right.
Association Spotlight: St George Teachers AssociationDecember 06, 2019
Across the Association there are teachers with a broad range of teaching experience, including a significant number of temporary/casual teachers.
Paper PlaneDecember 07, 2019
This time of year is filled with uncertainty. New teachers have been appointed but only the interview panel has met them and colleagues you’ve become close friends with are moving on to other schools.
Retired Teachers Association newsDecember 06, 2019
The Retired Teachers Association strongly condemns Prime Minister Scott Morrison for his November announcement of federal legislation to ban protests.
National New Educators marks 10 years strongNovember 29, 2019
The nation’s new educators recently descended on Sydney to learn about common issues across the country, and develop their knowledge and skills in activism.
Make time for consultationDecember 13, 2019
Cuts to the Department and TAFE and the implementation of Local Schools, Local Decisions and Smart and Skilled have led to many teachers feeling isolated from key decisions in their workplace.
Women in educationDecember 11, 2019
Returning to work after maternity leave requires planning.
I’m thinking about retiring. What should I do?December 07, 2019
Before you submit your retirement notification to the Department of Education you should seek personal financial advice from a licensed provider.
Union Bill bustedNovember 29, 2019
Federation and the ACTU have welcomed the defeat of the Morrison Government’s union-busting Ensuring Integrity Bill in the Senate.
Spectacular teachers big part of blockbusterDecember 04, 2019
It’s not just singing and dancing students that make for the wonderful vibe that spreads through the stadium during Schools Spectacular performances
Enabling EquityNovember 30, 2019
Programming for students with disability in regular classes in mainstream schools
FilmDecember 03, 2019
Sorry We Missed You, Mrs Lowry and Son, Fisherman’s Friends,Judy and Punch and Knives Out
Book reviewDecember 10, 2019
A First Book of Animals, The Godwits, The Extraordinary Life of a Migratory Bird, Queer, There and Everywhere and If I was your Girl
Corkscrew: wine reviewsDecember 05, 2019
This is my last wine column for Education after 25 years of penning “Corkscrew” — it’s time to put the pen or keyboard to one side and take some time out as I pursue fresh opportunities.
TheatreDecember 04, 2019
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