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Posted: 14 December 2017
Federation congratulates schools, teachers and students in the state’s public schools for their outstanding performance in this year’s HSC results. Public education students dominate the “First in Course” list in the NSW HSC, with 73 of the 129 courses topped by students attending public schools. Federation President Maurie Mulheron said the excellent results proved the immense potential within the public system and vindicated Federation’s campaign to ensure public schools are equipped for the future.
Posted: 12 December 2017
From the Sydney Opera House to bomb shelters in the Middle East and now Teachers Federation House in Surry Hills, multi-faceted artist SONiA will perform a special concert for Federation to celebrate the passage through Parliament of the marriage equality legislation.
Posted: 12 December 2017
The NSW Teachers Federation has rejected today’s claims by Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham that the Turnbull Government is increasing school funding in Bennelong. In fact Mr Birmingham is making savage cuts to education funding. Cuts which are supported by Liberal candidate John Alexander. The facts are disclosed on the Federal Education Department’s website for all to see.
Posted: 11 December 2017
New figures obtained by the Australian Education Union under Freedom of Information confirm the Turnbull Government’s schools funding model, the so-called Gonski 2.0, will leave public schools significantly under-funded in 2018 and beyond. The government figures show that by 2027, the overwhelming majority of public schools will not yet have reached the minimum Schooling Resource Standard, with students with disabilities hit hardest by the public school funding cuts.
Posted: 8 December 2017
NESA has announced a review of the process to develop NSW Syllabuses. The Consultation process consists of an online survey which may be completed on the NESA Website. The Federation encourages members to complete the survey online. 
Posted: 6 December 2017
Mr Neale Dawson, Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of one (1) City Organiser of the Australian Education Union NSW Teachers Federation for 2015-2018. The City Organiser will be appointed for the remainder of the triennium ending on 4 February 2019. Nominations Nominations are hereby invited for the following position: • City Organiser (1 to be elected)
Posted: 5 December 2017
Our public schools are an important cornerstone for the progressive realisation that enables people with disability to be active contributors to society. Earlier this week, on 3 December, marked United Nations’ International Day of People with Disability. Each year the UN announces a theme for the day, which gives focus to inclusion in society and direction to the work of eliminating barriers faced by people with disability.
Posted: 25 November 2017
Nominations are called for the following offices:  Branch Vice Presidents (4) Branch Custodians (2) Representative of members on the ATSI Members’ Roll (1) Association Representatives (8) Nominations, which must be in writing and comply with the registered rules of the organisation, may be made at any time from Saturday 25 November 2017. They must reach me via the lodgement methods stipulated below not later than 12 Noon (AEDT) on Wednesday 7 February 2018.
Posted: 24 November 2017
The Australian Education Union are recommending that initial teacher training be transitioned to a two-year postgraduate qualification, such as an undergraduate degree combined w
Posted: 16 November 2017
Recently the NSW Department of Education advertised 35 principal positions that were all made available at one time due to the recruitment of principals for the new Director, Educational Leadership (DEL) positions. The advertisement indicated a variation to the usual staffing procedures for principals, which will be implemented as a trial. Federation has given in-principle support to these changes, pending the outcome of ongoing meetings with the Department to finalise details.
Posted: 15 November 2017
Teachers across NSW welcomed the news of a 61.6% YES vote in the marriage equality survey, confirming the long-held majority opinion that Australians support marriage equality. In acknowledging the result, General Secretary John Dixon said, “Love is Love. The vote vindicated those who argued that the Parliament should have legislated in favour long ago.”
Posted: 7 November 2017
Federation is shocked and saddened by the tragic incident at Banksia Road Public School today. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the families, teachers, classmates and community members affected by this event. We will work with the department to support teachers and the community during this difficult time.
Posted: 6 November 2017
Nominations are called for the following offices: 
Posted: 25 October 2017
Today’s schools funding announcement by the NSW government confirms the $138 million dollar cut caused by the Turnbull government abandoning the Gonski funding model, said Federation President, Maurie Mulheron.
Posted: 23 October 2017
The Australian Education Union has sounded a strong warning on potential Productivity Commission recommendations that could risk further undermining quality teaching by reducing the training required before teachers enter the classroom.
Posted: 18 October 2017
Nominations are called for the election of Relief Professional Officers for 2018. Relief Officers will be elected in two groupings: Group A: Relief for TAFE/Corrective Services: six Relief Officers to be elected, including where possible, three men and three women.
Posted: 18 October 2017
Prominent disability advocates, academics and organisations have penned an open letter to federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham regarding significant concerns about the Leading Learning 4 All (LL4All) resource, funded by the Commonwealth government and launched early this year. 
Posted: 12 October 2017
The Federal agency in charge of NAPLAN is rushing through with plans to have robots mark next year’s NAPLAN tests despite their justifications being discredited by world-leading research. Parents, teachers and principals have not been consulted about these radical plans and students have not been prepared for such a dramatic shift. NAPLAN has been a high-stakes and controversial test and this latest development will further bewilder youngsters who are subject to such testing.
Posted: 11 October 2017
Jennifer Westacott and the Business Council of Australia’s proposals for Education and Skills released at the National Press Club today are another disappointing suggestion that fails to recognise the very real issues facing vocational education in this country.
Posted: 11 October 2017
Wednesday 11 October is the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child
Posted: 5 October 2017
Nominations are called for following positions:   Federal Executive Member (General Division) (4) Nominations, which must be in writing and comply with the registered rules of the organisation, may be made at any time from Wednesday 11 October 2017. They must reach my office or postal address or AEC emailbox not later than 12:00 Noon (AEDT) on Wednesday 15 November 2017. 
Posted: 15 September 2017
Federation President Maurie Mulheron has joined with other teacher union leaders to call on state education ministers to stand strong in voicing their concerns about the plan, as the Education Ministerial Council meets in Adelaide today to discuss the new schools funding plan that was legislated earlier this year.
Posted: 13 September 2017
The latest OECD Education at a Glance 2017 report shows the Turnbull Government is spending less than the OECD average on public education, posing serious challenges for the low-growth trajectory of the Government’s schools funding plan, the Australian Education Union said. “With the report showing Australian Government spending at 3.9 per cent of GDP being less than the OECD average, there is no doubt that our schools are under-resourced,” Federal President of the AEU Correna Haythorpe said.
Posted: 12 September 2017
NSW Teachers Federation has called on state and territory education ministers to roundly reject the four-week timeframe for submissions to the Gonski 2.0 review panel announced today by Education Minister Simon Birmingham. State and territory ministers will be gathering for the Australian Education Council meeting in Adelaide this Friday.
Posted: 11 September 2017
The news announced today of a NSW Government plan to put up $50 million to fund so-called Business Managers in schools is an acknowledgement that the policy called ‘Local Schools, Local Decisions’ has resulted in the loss of hundreds of administrative and support positions and created an unnecessary burden on schools, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said earlier today.

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