It has been a challenging start to the year, with the drought, bushfires, floods and now the COVID-19 pandemic, but Federation has been there to support its members. Senior Officers visited bushfire-ravaged school communities on the first day of term and the union has made relief funds available for those members affected. On that note, our focus this year is on the wellbeing of teachers, highlighted by the announcement that Federation has commissioned a panel of eminent people to conduct an inquiry into the work of teachers with a view to presenting a report on the value of the profession.
Valuing the teaching profession — An independent inquiryMarch 04, 2020
Attention will be drawn to the extent and complexity of changes to the nature of members’ work when an independent inquiry investigates the value of the work of teachers and principals over the next 12 months.
Call for additional release time for all teachersMarch 02, 2020
In line with a determination by members, Federation is demanding at least two additional hours of release from face-to-face teaching per week for all school teachers.
Federation negotiations secure extra staff for SSPsFebruary 21, 2020
A Federation campaign has helped secure $37 million funding for extra staff across all Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs) during 2020.
Local Schools, Local Decisions: eight years of policy failureMarch 02, 2020
While the professional voice of teachers is often ignored under Local Schools, Local Decisions, the views of Federation members will be amplified in the union’s submission to the Department’s evaluation of the policy.
Sculpture spectacle to showcase student talentFebruary 26, 2020
The Maagunda Gaagal (Festival of the Sea) at Nambucca Heads Main Beach on 29 February will trumpet the skills proficiency of local high school students to the locals.
Are you getting the release time you are entitled to?February 21, 2020
Special funding is available for new teachers to lighten their workload in their first years of teaching and allow for mentoring to achieve accreditation.
Tree Levy provides real growthMarch 09, 2020
An oasis of native trees, shrubs and grasses has flourished at an inner Sydney school after it received a Tree Levy Grant from Federation eight years ago.
Stay calm and informed of adviceMarch 06, 2020
Federation is aware, through evidence from members, of racism and unacceptable actions by some students and community members towards certain ethnic groups as the COVID-19 epidemic moves into its third month.
Union campaigning is a time investment worth your whileFebruary 11, 2020
In keeping with the idea that you should give your time to the things that make the biggest difference, devote some of your time to participating in Federation activities, says member activist Guv Johal
Racism is a virus - there's an antidoteMarch 05, 2020
As a union of educators, all Federation members have the responsibility to organise, oppose, act and educate against racism in all its forms.
Units set path for learningMarch 09, 2020
Units of work to support the teaching of themes present in the film naa muru gurung (to see a path for children) are set to be released by Federation soon.
Local teaching community welcomes inputFebruary 27, 2020
At the heart of discussions at Federation association meetings is the desire to maximise students’ learning opportunities via improvements in teachers’ working conditions.
Bathurst course revs up motorsport careersMarch 07, 2020
TAFE automotive students were put on a fast track to a motorsport career as part of a short course during the Bathurst 12-Hour event at Mt Panorama earlier this term.
TAFE review must restore key fundingMarch 07, 2020
Federation will highlight the failed privatisation policies of successive state and federal governments during the NSW Government’s review of the vocational education and training system.
Workplace contactsMarch 05, 2020
Micaela Cecire, Erskinville Public School
Every additional member makes the union strongerMarch 03, 2020
History has taught us that everything we have gained has been commensurate to our strength on the ground says Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos.
Prisons struggling to fill teacher positionsMarch 09, 2020
The NSW Inspector of Custodial Services’ report has delivered a damning assessment of the failed privatisation of adult education in NSW prisons.
Members aid animals caught in summer’s tragedyMarch 01, 2020
Animal lovers within Federation’s ranks stepped in to assist creatures displaced by bushfires.
Focus on members’ needsMarch 10, 2020
Commitments, a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on provides support to members to rebuild after crisis
Classes in disarray amid fire clean-upMarch 10, 2020
As communities on the NSW South Coast continue the clean-up effort after the destructive bushfires, TAFE courses are in disarray with enrolments down and classes cancelled.
Members give up their holidays for othersMarch 12, 2020
NSW’s inordinate need for the skills of Rural Fire Service volunteers this summer had some teachers working extremely hard for strangers during the vacation period.
Union reaches out to fire victimsFebruary 23, 2020
Your union has provided financial support to members who suffered losses in the bushfires of recent months, to help them in their recovery process.
Members coordinate emergency and school supply drives for fire victimsFebruary 04, 2020
Students whose South Coast homes were destroyed by bushfire have returned to school with new backpacks filled with supplies thanks to a fundraiser coordinated by two members.
Our 2020 vision: A spotlight on the professionMarch 09, 2020
The start to the school year brought with it tremendous challenges that we would all hope to never be experienced again. For many of our members, their students and families there was no summer vacation.
Pollution concerns can be raised as WHS issueFebruary 12, 2020
Unless all levels of government commit to urgent action to address this climate emergency, bushfire seasons are going to continue to become longer and more intense and the associated hazard of smoke is not going away any time soon.
New role to inform union’s policyMarch 08, 2020
As part of Federation’s response to the climate emergency, the union will appoint a Climate Emergency Coordinator to inform its escalated climate strategy and policy.
Stay safe in cyberspaceMarch 14, 2020
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions fielded by Federation.
World’s unions call for action from PMMarch 08, 2020
Education unions from around the world have written a strident rebuke of the Morrison Government’s environmental record calling for urgent action to address the climate emergency after Australia’s devastating bushfire season.
Religious Freedom Bill to take away rights of othersFebruary 10, 2020
At the end of last year, while bushfires roared across NSW and smoke blanketed Sydney, the Prime Minister released the second draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill. At the time, Scott Morrison was accused of using the haze of bushfires to release a flawed and damaging Bill.
Association spotlight: Newcastle Teachers AssociationMarch 06, 2020
The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in NSW with 322,300 citizens.
Partnerships play valuable role in art journeyFebruary 28, 2020
What a difference 12 months makes. At the beginning of last year Woolooware High student Kyra Gilfallan was struggling with “white canvas syndrome” and now her art is on show in the Artexpress exhibition at Hazelhurst Gallery.
Specialists who go by the booksMarch 13, 2020
As a teacher-librarian at Fairvale Public School, I work with a team to align library lessons and activities to our school’s strategic directions and to integrate outcomes and content from the learning areas in the NSW curriculum.
Join the Palm Sunday Peace Rally for RefugeesMarch 16, 2020
This year’s Palm Sunday Peace Rally for Refugees will call on the Federal Government to offer permanent protection and the chance of family reunion to all refugees and those seeking asylum.
New chapter for SIG recognises vital roleMarch 06, 2020
For some time, Federation has held serious concerns about the erosion of the specialist positions under the State Government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions policy, including the role of the teacher-librarian in NSW public schools.
Support the safety of allMarch 11, 2020
Safety in schools for teachers, support staff and students is paramount.
High entry benchmark will lift professionFebruary 20, 2020
National academic benchmarks should be set for admissions to initial teacher education degrees, Associate Professor Rachel Wilson advocates in a new report released today.
Signatures demand rethink on trades centre locationFebruary 18, 2020
Federation members and Bega locals are calling for a moratorium on the construction of a TAFE trades centre.
‘See yourself as part of the big picture’February 25, 2020
The introduction of release from face-to-face teaching for infants/primary teachers in the late 1980s is a memorable moment for Paul Regan, because it changed his working conditions for the better.
Support to deal with complaintsMarch 12, 2020
Federation has recently received a number of inquiries from members seeking support in relation to complaints against teachers in TAFE.
There's nothing casual about teachingMarch 15, 2020
A suite of casual teacher seminars for Federation members will be held in the school holidays this year.
Actively showing our supportMarch 06, 2020
With the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras comes an increase of rainbows across the city, from businesses, government bodies and community.
Set up for the best possible start: Future Teacher ScholarshipsJanuary 24, 2020
Federation’s $4000 Future Teacher Scholarships enrich recipients beyond financial support, awardees embarking on their teaching careers in 2020 can attest.
Boom in enrolments unmatched by fundingMarch 08, 2020
A Productivity Commission report shows total government funding to NSW private schools increased by 32 per cent while equivalent funding for public schools increased by only 11.8 per cent between 2008-09 and 2017-18; almost three times as much.
Maternity leave in schoolsMarch 06, 2020
People use the term “maternity leave” to refer to a range of rights and entitlements related to pregnancy. However, those entitlements can vary depending on the nature of employment.
Call to address root of work-related psychological injuriesFebruary 24, 2020
A government Bill before the NSW Parliament falls drastically short of addressing the key work health and safety issues experienced by members in schools and TAFE colleges, Federation has argued in its submission to an Upper House inquiry into the provisions of the proposed Bill.
Asia-Pacific: Education leaders highlight challenges around rights, climate, and privatisationMarch 10, 2020
The Education International Asia-Pacific Regional Committee meeting focused on union responses to threats to human and trade union rights, the impact of climate change, and growing privatisation in education.
International Day of Education: the world needs another 69 million teachersMarch 09, 2020
On the International Day of Education, unions warn that the world is not facing a global learning crisis, but a global education funding crisis.
Canada: Educators strike against cuts in education and for collective bargainingFebruary 18, 2020
Rotating strikes by teachers and education workers are set to continue this week in Canada’s Ontario province.
Kenya: Deadly stampede in school highlights dangers of overcrowding and poor infrastructureFebruary 12, 2020
On 3 February, a stampede in the Kakamega Primary School in Kenya's western region left 14 students dead and 40 severely injured.
Book reviewsMarch 05, 2020
How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea, Saga, Teacher for Justice, Celebrating Difference
Film reviewsMarch 05, 2020
Honey Boy, The Peanut Butter Falcon, The Leunig Fragments, Undertow, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, The Biggest Little Farm
Theatre reviewsMarch 06, 2020
The Campaign, Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam, The Deep Blue Sea
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