Courses

Following changes to NESA’s registration of professional learning at the end of 2020, the Federation (along with over 750 other providers) is no longer an accredited provider of professional learning. 

NESA’s transition arrangements mean that for most teachers’ current maintenance of accreditation cycle, any professional learning which meets the requirements for Elective PD (previously known as Teacher Identified PD) can be counted towards Accredited PD (previously known as Registered PD). The courses below have some sessions which teachers will be able to record as Elective PD. 

Members are encouraged to read the information on NESA’s website to determine the specific requirements according to the end date of their current maintenance cycle. 

As NESA progressively accredits PD under its priority areas, information regarding the Training Program and accreditation will be updated as appropriate. 

Foundations for Workplace Representatives (Level 1)

This two-day course addresses the fundamental knowledge and skills for teachers elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of school-based Federation Representative or Women's Contact. Members of the school's workplace committee are also eligible if space is available.

Course content includes:

  • Key industrial principles and rules governing the work of Federation Representatives
  • Engaging in professional dialogue with colleagues and school leaders
  • Resolving workplace issues
  • Running effective meetings
  • Engaging colleagues in Federation campaigns.

Foundations for Workplace Representatives (Women Only) (Level 1)

This two-day course addresses the fundamental knowledge and skills for women teachers elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of school-based Federation Representative or Women's Contact. Members of the school's workplace committee are also eligible if space is available.

Course content includes:

  • Key industrial principles and rules governing the work of Federation Representatives
  • Engaging in professional dialogue with colleagues and school leaders
  • Resolving workplace issues
  • Running effective meetings
  • Engaging colleagues in Federation campaigns
  • Key issues for women in education.

Communication skills for Workplace Representatives (Level 2)

This is a three-day course aimed at more experienced Federation Representatives and Women’s Contacts. Other workplace committee members will be eligible to attend if space is available.

Participants will further develop skills relevant to their workplace roles including:

  • public speaking
  • recruitment
  • defining issues and negotiating solutions
  • communicating assertively and managing conflict and
  • using web-based and media technologies for research and communication.

Members need to have completed a Level 1 Workplace Representative training course as a prerequisite. This includes the previously run course, Fundamentals for Federation Representatives and Women’s Contacts.

Working with Local Communities (Level 3)

This two-day course is for Federation Representatives, Women’s Contacts and members of Federation Workplace Committees to build their knowledge and skills in working effectively with their local community. Participants will:

  • identify community organisations within their local community that support their school
  • develop skills in networking and engaging community members in activities that support the school community
  • map community organisations and contacts who support the school with a view to improving community connections.

It is recommended that members will have completed a Level 1 and Level 2 Workplace Representative training course before completing this course. This includes the previously run courses, Fundamentals for Federation Representatives and Women’s Contacts and Communication and Negotiation skills for Federation Representatives and Women’s Contacts. Applicants who have not completed this training should seek the support of their local Federation Organiser when applying for this course.

Leading Your Workplace Committee (Level 3)

This is a two-day course that will develop the capacity of participants to lead their Workplace Committees in processes that engage colleagues, address everyday issues and problems in their school, and contribute to a positive school culture. Through this course, participants will:

  • reflect on their values and purpose as public school teachers
  • develop relational leadership skills
  • identify key elements of effective teams
  • become familiar with a collegial process for approaching issues and problems in their school, and
  • develop their capacity to work collaboratively to analyse, assess, strategise, act and reflect on school level and system-wide issues and problems.

It is recommended that members will have completed a Level 1 and Level 2 Workplace Representative training course before completing this course. This includes the previously run courses, Fundamentals for Federation Representatives and Women’s Contacts and Communication and Negotiation skills for Federation Representatives and Women’s Contacts. Applicants who have not completed this training should seek the support of their local Federation Organiser when applying for this course.

Association Women’s Contacts Course

This three-day course split over two sessions is aimed at members who hold the role of Women’s Contact at their local association. Other women association office holders are also eligible to apply.

Participants will explore the role of associations and how they can exercise leadership within networks. This will also enable members of the network to reflect on ways to engage effectively in leadership roles with the wider community. Women participants will develop the knowledge and skills to feel confident to undertake leadership positions.

At the end of this course participants will be able to interpret ethical roles and responsibilities of leadership both within the school and wider communities, including the union and reflect on current skills with a view to identifying areas for development.

The course will also enable participants to apply communication frameworks in various contexts and create opportunities to develop and contribute to professional networks to build productive links and support networks on the topic of leadership.

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Beginning Teachers Course

This is a one-day course for teachers in the first few years of their careers. It aims to provide teachers with essential knowledge and understandings of their entitlements and responsibilities as a teacher in NSW.

Key content includes:

  • supporting Aboriginal education
  • teacher accreditation
  • planning and programming
  • working conditions
  • the role of the Federation in supporting teachers.

Work Health and Safety for workplace representatives

This one-day course is for Federation Representatives, Women’s Contacts and members of Federation workplace committees to build their knowledge and skills about Health and Safety in their workplace.

The course will provide participants with an overview of Health and Safety legislation and related Department of Education policies – with a particular focus on the consultation and risk management process. It will give participants the knowledge to set up health and safety structures within their workplace (work groups, Health and Safety Representatives [HSRs] and WHS committees) if this has not already been done.

Participants will also explore how to work to resolve WHS issues utilising health and safety structures as well as workplace organising.

Association Executive (Presidents, Secretaries & Treasurers) Course

This two-day course is for Association Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers to build their knowledge and skills about the relevant legislative, organisational and professional requirements of their role/s; the Association roles and how they work together; and the capacity and responsibility these roles have in engaging and involving members in professional topics at the local level.

Participants will:

  • update knowledge and develop understanding of the role of Association President/Secretary/Treasurer and related Federation policies and procedures
  • develop knowledge and skills to undertake their Association role in line with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements
  • develop strategies to actively engage others at the local (association) level and thereby strengthen union growth
  • actively engage in the Federation’s professional teacher network to broaden their knowledge about issues facing teachers
  • apply knowledge about issues facing teachers to their local context, to further develop professional networks to increase the knowledge, practice and activism of others.

Members need to have been elected to the role of President, Secretary or Treasurer in their local association to be eligible for this course.

Skills for Federation councillors

This is a two-day course aimed at developing fundamental knowledge and skills for Association representatives who are elected to the NSW Teachers Federation state council. Priority will be given to Councillors elected to the position for the first time.

Key content addressed in the course includes:

  • Public speaking 
  • Advocacy 
  • Strategic planning 
  • Participation in democratic forums 
  • Effective reporting and liaison 
  • Effective communication 

Please note that attendance at the Federation Council meeting on the Saturday immediately following, or prior to the course dates is essential, either as a Federation Councillor, Proxy Councillor or as an authorised Observer. Members must be elected to council, or have attended as a proxy, to be eligible to apply.

Women in Leadership

This three-day course, held over two sessions, is open to women members who hold, or who are interested in, educational leadership.

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify different leadership styles
  • Identify leadership roles within the teaching profession, and the skills and attributes that are required for these roles
  • Describe aspects of feminist theory and how they apply to leadership
  • Interpret ethical roles and responsibilities of leadership both within the school and wider communities, including the union
  • Reflect on current skills and identify areas for development
  • Apply communication frameworks in various contexts
  • Create opportunities to develop and contribute to professional networks to build productive links and support networks on the topic of leadership.

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