Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, as the axiom goes, and this edition of Education is a “real-time” example.
With most of the machinery of society and industry either on pause or in emergency mode, Federation made the difficult decision to distribute this journal electronically in place of the paper version.
It is anticipated this will be a one-off, with the print edition to return as soon now that daily life is beginning to return to something resembling normal.
Federation has not been on pause, however.
These are unprecedented circumstances for the teaching profession, students, parents and our public school communities but the union has continued in its own mode of operation.
Staffing, our Award, the plight of our TAFE colleagues and Valuing the teaching profession — An independent inquiry have continued to be a focus for the union.
R-E-S-P-E-C-TMay 20, 2020
These are indeed unprecedented times. Your days and weeks have blurred into one, as you’ve turned yourselves inside out and delivered over and above the call of duty. Your dedication and commitment to the cause of public education has been truly remarkable.
A different takeMay 25, 2020
As General Secretary of our union, I want to put on record my deep appreciation and admiration for the work of public school and TAFE college teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staffing Agreement signals union winApril 24, 2020
While Federation has pursued the health and safety, industrial, employment and professional rights of teachers during this pandemic, the union has also secured a new 2020/21 Staffing Agreement that will commence day one, term 2.
Win from ashes of TAFE EAMay 20, 2020
Despite the NSW Government walking away from the TAFE Enterprise Agreement in March, Federation has secured a commitment from TAFE NSW for certainty of ongoing employment for long-term temporary employees.
TAFE staff meet challenges of pandemicMay 15, 2020
TAFE teachers and all related employees have done an incredible job of adjusting teaching and learning delivery to meet the needs of students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
TAFE Children Centres lever collectiveMay 14, 2020
Federation members teaching in TAFE Children Centres have demonstrated the value of working as a collective to achieve a range of employment and work health and safety protections for all staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inquiry head makes plea to school teachers to tell their storiesMarch 31, 2020
Members of the profession are being asked to share the realities of their working lives for the inquiry investigating the value of teachers’ work.
Negotiating a crisis of pandemic proportionsMay 18, 2020
As schools returned at the beginning of this year, we wondered how so many of our teachers and public school and TAFE communities would ever recover from the summer they had just endured.
Teachers rock as term 2 rolls outApril 28, 2020
Teachers returned to NSW schools to commence a difficult term on Monday with a spring in their step, overwhelmed by messages of support and recognition for their work from personalities, luminaries and parents around the country.
SSP and IEC teachers addressing additional complications to provide remote learningApril 09, 2020
Teachers in Schools for Special Purposes and Intensive English Centres are working with a unique set of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic as they strive to provide educational continuity for students with special needs and English as an additional language or dialect requirements.
Storytime with Mr SkeneApril 11, 2020
Amid the uncertainty and change pervading daily life is a joyous little corner of the internet where stories are told and young minds are being nurtured.
Union pulled together as ‘Spanish flu’ hitApril 29, 2020
The birth of Federation just over 101 years ago was shaped amid similarly extreme and uncertain times as is the case with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Federation work meets challenges of pandemicMay 22, 2020
During the COVID-19 restrictions, Federation has faced the challenge of providing professional learning for members and rescheduling many courses, seminars and conferences.
Cleaners rewarded for extra elbow greaseApril 03, 2020
Their job is rated as more hazardous than those in the construction and mining industry*, so when it became evident the Coronavirus had reached our shores NSW’s school cleaners knew they were on the front line.
ACARA is either incapable or uninterested in protecting our studentsMay 06, 2020
Students should be at the centre of reporting: submissionApril 04, 2020
Academic growth and individual achievement should be the focus of reporting, Federation’s submission to the review of NAPLAN states.
LGBTIQ events provide opportunity for recognition and inclusionMay 19, 2020
Specific days of recognition or celebration are an opportunity to reflect on how we incorporate and include LGBTIQ perspectives in our schools and subject areas.
Post-pandemic recovery must include action on climate changeMay 27, 2020
“If not now, when?”
Union will not forget bushfire-affected communitiesApril 15, 2020
Federation has refused to allow the escalating coronavirus pandemic to overshadow the response to last summer’s devastating bushfire season and the impact on our school and TAFE communities.
Sexual harassment pervasive in Australian workplacesMarch 12, 2020
A national inquiry has found that sexual harassment in Australian workplaces is “widespread and pervasive” and equally shocking is the “gendered and intersectional nature of workplace sexual harassment”.
Make your voice heard on family and domestic violenceMarch 18, 2020
In response to the recent horrific murders of Hannah Clarke and her three children in Queensland in February, many people are questioning how this can happen.
Menopause can lead to discriminationMay 21, 2020
Going through menopause while working can be difficult. Menopause typically occurs for women between 45-55 years of age and is often preceded by peri-menopause.
Federation wins special considerations for IEC staff and studentsMay 18, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives, testing us like nothing ever before.
Staffing win helping to support students with disability during COVID-19May 20, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic hit hard our classes and teachers of students with disability. Responsive staff, additional staffing and the loud call for a targeted response to unique site and student needs relieved what threatened to be a disastrous outcome.
Association spotlight: Bega Teachers AssociationMay 26, 2020
The meetings are enjoyable events, during which we are able to socialise and network with colleagues in our association.
Theatre reviewsMay 18, 2020
If times were normal, I would be driving home from Sydney after seeing two shows. I would also be writing about seven shows I had seen since my last column.
Film reviewsMay 18, 2020
In my Blood it Runs, Hearts and Bones, Dark Waters, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, The Trip to Greece, Greed, Agniyogana
Book reviewsMay 19, 2020
How the Sun Got to Coco’s House, No One is Too Small to Make a Difference, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
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