We outline Federation’s priorities for school award negotiations. In the meantime, are you being paid what you are owed? In campaign news, Federation members demand of the Department 200 extra, qualified, full-time equivalent permanent English as an additional language or dialect teachers, and a structural solution to overcome rural and remote disadvantage.
Teachers’ voice to drive negotiationsSeptember 23, 2019
The collective voice of school members — who want enhancement of their profession’s status and support for their work — will be taken into upcoming Award and Staffing Agreement negotiations with the Department of Education.
Write the wrongs: better use of resources to redress fundingSeptember 27, 2019
While NSW public schools have a $622 million maintenance backlog and governments choose to instead pour money into private schools, members should be speaking regularly with parents about funding, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said.
Week of action gets tractionSeptember 21, 2019
We came, we saw … they responded. It could be the catchcry that sums up Federation’s week of action over pay inequity for pre-2016 teachers.
Are you being paid what you are owed?September 26, 2019
While Federation is committed to rectifying the teacher pay disparity issue as a priority, it is clear some teachers are not being paid their correct salary under the existing arrangements.
Five-star buildingSeptember 21, 2019
Federation’s head office in Sydney’s Surry Hills has been recognised for its green credentials with a 5-star rating.
Podcast interview raises key issuesSeptember 25, 2019
Federation President Maurie Mulheron used the platform of Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott’s Every Student podcast to express the need for improvements in the areas of staffing and system-wide support for the work of teachers.
Learning conditions should not be determined by a popularity contestSeptember 04, 2019
Public schools desperate for capital works funding have resorted to applying to a community grants program.
Department hoses down threat of asbestosSeptember 20, 2019
The Department of Education’s asbestos register lists 2185 schools as being contaminated with the hazardous building material, with 109 identified as having the worst category of the substance.
Council Report: 7 September 2019September 18, 2019
As we approach term 4 and near the end of the current Award and Staffing Agreement, there has never been a more important time to recruit new members to the union.
Multicultural MattersSeptember 29, 2019
Federation members are demanding 200 extra qualified, full-time equivalent permanent English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) teachers in the 2020 staffing entitlement, to adequately match the needs of EAL/D students across the state.
Systemic change is vital to overcome rural divideSeptember 30, 2019
Federation has stepped up the campaign to address the growing divide between the learning outcomes and opportunities of rural and remote students and their metropolitan counterparts, calling on the Department to adopt structural solutions to overcome intersecting educational disadvantage.
Falling GDP spend on education magnified in new OECD figuresSeptember 20, 2019
New figures released this month in a snapshot of education jurisdictions around the world underline the grim extent of the Morrison Government’s cuts to public school funding.
ACARA masks truth about NAPLAN dataAugust 28, 2019
ACARA’s ‘nothing to see here’ approach to the NAPLAN 2019 data release and its mishandling of the NAPLAN online debacle has reinforced yet again the need for a comprehensive review of the entire NAPLAN testing regime.
Your workplace contactsSeptember 19, 2019
Michelle Millard, Wauchope Public School
The pathology of NAPLANSeptember 17, 2019
Let’s be clear: no child fails NAPLAN, but NAPLAN fails all children.
Compliance paperwork means less teachingSeptember 17, 2019
TAFE Teachers Association members across NSW have been holding union branch meetings to oppose the “Next steps in demonstrating your VET currency and competency” proposal, initiated by acting TAFE NSW managing director Kerry Penton.
School Award negotiations and youOctober 01, 2019
Bargaining is about collective power and strength.
Drop in VET students at odds with National Skills Week messageSeptember 02, 2019
The continued decline in the number of students enrolled with nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) makes a mockery of the government’s National Skills Week, Australian Education Union Federal TAFE Secretary Maxine Sharkey said.
State gifts funding at expense of TAFESeptember 26, 2019
The recent roll-out of state-funded programs in the motor vehicle trades underlines the NSW Coalition Government’s preference for business-driven vocational training over the public TAFE system.
Enabling EquitySeptember 28, 2019
Inadequate government funding for students with disability continues to put increasing pressure on all public school settings as they work to meet the learning needs of all their students.
Incentives must not drain fundingSeptember 18, 2019
Scholarships and pay increases recommended by the Grattan Institute to attract high-achieving HSC students to the teaching profession were worthwhile but should not be allowed to skim money from already-scarce current funding for the public system, Federation has stated.
It’s time to close the gender pay gapAugust 28, 2019
As public education teachers we believe in a fair start for all our students.
Leading your Workplace CommitteeSeptember 19, 2019
When a Workplace Committee’s first act is to bring in the union guns to address an issue in the school, it is very likely vital steps have been missed or mismanaged on the path to such a confrontation.
Women in EducationSeptember 28, 2019
Many students’ opportunities, career options and lives are affected by stereotyping. This is often compounded by a lack of intersectional awareness and assumptions of class, race, Aboriginality, culture, (dis)ability, language or sexuality.
Stories to inspire actionSeptember 25, 2019
The opportunity to be part of a community of teachers where you can express your point of view and have a say in shaping your profession is an uplifting experience, a new book profiling women Federation activists conveys.
Ready to dig deeper for my unionSeptember 22, 2019
Activism runs strong in my veins. I have always felt a strong connection to the union movement.
Rowdy chorus of commonsense requiredSeptember 05, 2019
It’s never been more important for people with commonsense to start using their voices at full bore, writer and social commentator Jane Caro said.
Be inclusive every daySeptember 22, 2019
any schools, workplaces and organisations recently celebrated Wear It Purple Day in order to demonstrate their support for LGBTIQ or rainbow young people.
There’s nothing casual about teachingSeptember 29, 2019
The way the Department of Education processes requests for casual approval after separation, due to retirement or resignation, has changed.
Association Spotlight: Moree Teachers AssociationSeptember 17, 2019
Our community Moree has a population of a little under 10,000 people. We have a transient population at times and our numbers change depending on the strength of the local agricultural industry of cotton and wheat.
Paper PlaneSeptember 30, 2019
Last week, I had an interview at my school for a leadership position. The whole experience was quite strange, as it was my first interview in a very long time. I also find being interviewed by people I work with on a daily basis strange and possibly more daunting than being interviewed by a panel that I’ve never met before.
Opportunity to recruit for your union as a Project OfficerOctober 01, 2019
As part of the continuing implementation of the Annual Conference Decision 2004 Recruitment and Activism and the Future of the Union, the General Secretary is seeking Expressions of Interest from school teachers in their first few years of teaching, who believe they can make a significant contribution to the role of Project Officer.
Vale TAFE activist Ray GoffSeptember 17, 2019
Career-long Federation member and activist of some 39 years, Ray Goff passed away on 22 August aged 81 years.
Retired Teachers Association newsSeptember 18, 2019
Sydney Town Hall tour, More news on Warragamba Dam, Australian Free Trade and Investment Network, Female pioneers, CRUMA report and Upcoming events
Theatre ReviewSeptember 19, 2019
The Life of Galileo, Banging Denmark and Early watchlist for 2020 season
Book ReviewsSeptember 20, 2019
One careless night, Playing with collage, Failing Nature: the Rise and Fall of the Wilderness Society and So you want to talk about race
Corkscrew: wine reviewsSeptember 18, 2019
Trentham Estate is situated at Merbein, 12km north-west of Mildura, and was established in 1909 by the Murphy family who had migrated from Ireland and were one of the first to establish vineyards in in this region.
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