Editions

September 2020

Restrictions on movement and gatherings along with changes to normal routines in society and our schools are reminders that we are still in the midst of a pandemic, but this has not stopped the work of the union. The first edition of Education in 2020 outlined the union’s priorities for the year, particularly the commissioning of “Valuing the teaching profession – an independent inquiry”. Throughout the year members, schools, academics and industry experts have been making submissions to the inquiry panel. The profession will no doubt keep a watchful eye on the hearings set to commence shortly after this edition goes to print.

Many members will recall the Vinson inquiry undertaken in 2001 by the late Emeritus Professor Tony Vinson. We acknowledge this landmark inquiry in our “Reflections” column and revisit the policies from this report that shaped the politics of education in NSW.

Much has happened since the beginning of the school year. From the frontline of the pandemic, teachers — despite their incredible commitment and professionalism — have been subjected to threats of a wage freeze by the NSW Government. The teaching profession has also been a point of conversation in the media, demonstrated in the handing down of the recent curriculum review.

Collectivism is at the heart of the union. This was personified when a group of more than 50 retired principals heeded the call to action in response to credible threats of precarious employment being placed onto their colleagues.

While many face-to-face meetings are not possible, this has not stopped the union prioritising its call for increased staffing provision and a curriculum guarantee for all students. Members have been meeting — by whatever means possible — to show their support for Federation’s staffing campaign. Students deserve access to a full curriculum with appropriately trained and accredited permanent teachers and the issue of staffing goes to the core of this principle.

A lot has been said publicly about how the nation can recover from COVID-19. In this edition, we examine the vital role TAFE must play in the nation’s recovery and celebrate the recent National TAFE Day. Have a close look at our back page coverage of the event, you might spot a familiar face!

We also examine some other effects of the pandemic that might not immediately come to mind. Under the axiom “never let a good crisis go to waste”, we take a look at the role the burgeoning ed-tech industry has played during the pandemic as part of its creeping presence in education.

On the lighter and brighter side, we feature the magnificent exhibits in Artexpress — which has been re-imagined online after its regional tour was cancelled under health restrictions — and celebrate the work of public school students and their dedicated teachers.

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