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: 23 October 2017
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.
Posted: 5 September 2017
Casual Vacancy Deputy Secretary (Communications and Administration) 2015-2018 Mr Neale Dawson, Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of Deputy Secretary (Communications and Administration) of the Australian Education Union NSW Teachers Federation for 2015-2018. The Deputy Secretary (Communications and Administration) will be appointed for the remainder of the triennium ending on 4 February 2019. Nominations Nominations are hereby invited for the following position:
Posted: 4 September 2017
Mr Neale Dawson, Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of two (2) City Organisers of the Australian Education Union NSW Teachers Federation for 2015-2018. The City Organisers 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 (2 to be elected) NB. Nominations do not open until 6 September and will not be accepted before that date.
Posted: 4 September 2017
This year, Equal Pay Day is Monday, 4 September. Equal Pay Day is calculated to mark the additional time from the end of the financial year that women must work to earn the same as men.
Posted: 28 August 2017
Nominations, which must be in writing and comply with the registered rules of the organisation, may be made at any time from 30 August 2017. They must reach my office or postal address or AEC email inbox not later than 12:00 noon (AEST) on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Please note that no nominations will be accepted before they open on Wednesday 30 August Nomination forms are available from me or the office of the Organisation. Nomination forms are also available on the organisation’s website.
Posted: 28 August 2017
A teacher’s ability to inspire students and community members was the subject of a presentation by writer, feminist, activist and self-proclaimed troublemaker Van Badham at Federation's Women's Conference said on Saturday.
Posted: 26 August 2017
Women members of Federation are gathering in the union's auditorium in Surry Hills this morning for a day of presentations and workshops aimed at supporting them in their classrooms, workplaces and communities. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend two workshop sessions. Topics include:
Posted: 24 August 2017
Federation officers will join concerned citizens for a rally opposing plans by the Turnbull government to sign a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, on Monday 28 August. Earlier this year, the United States withdrew from TPP negotiations. Now, the 11 other countries involved in the talks, including Australia, are attempting to reach a deal without the US.
Posted: 22 August 2017
The Australian Education Union has called on state and territory governments to abandon the rollout of NAPLAN online as the new system would place many students and schools across the country at severe disadvantage. Federal President of the AEU Correna Haythorpe has requested urgent discussions with the respective Departments after concerns raised by teachers and principals about unequal access to computer technology for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
Turnbull Government must stop pouring taxpayer funds into expensive, failing Teach For Australia program
Posted: 21 August 2017
The federal government should stop wasting taxpayer money funding the Teach for Australia Program, the Australian Education Union urged today. A new report released today reveals that over half its participants have left the profession within three years of becoming qualified teachers.
Posted: 13 August 2017
It has been reported to the Federation that members are being asked to sign a confidentiality agreement in relation to the administration of NAPLAN Online and being told they cannot retain a copy.
Posted: 11 August 2017
The NSW Teachers Federation condemns Prime Minister Turnbull and his government for their approach to marriage equality. Attending the AEU Federal Executive meeting this week, NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron discussed his concerns about the waste of money and resources, as well as the toxic debate that would ensue, as a result of the postal vote.
Posted: 10 August 2017
Re-imagining TAFE for the future will be the focus of a national conference in Sydney hosted by the Australian Education Union and the John Cain Foundation. The “Future of Public TAFE Institutions – new social policy” will aim to begin formulating the sector’s mission, and consider what TAFE will look like in the future, as anchor institutions in their communities to help people realise their aspirations.
Posted: 9 August 2017
Schools and workplaces can paint the town purple to celebrate diversity on Wear It Purple Day, 25 August. Last year, schools recognised the occasion in some creative ways, including rainbow fun runs, guest speakers, purple/rainbow mufti days and mural painting. Federation also marked Wear It Purple Day by organising a morning tea with a purple and rainbow bake-off that resulted in some fantastic creations.
Posted: 2 August 2017
TAFE managers have secured a 2.5 per cent salary increase each year for two years while preserving all working conditions, in a ballot for a new Enterprise agreement. Eighty-six per cent of TAFE Managers who took part in the ballot (61 per cent) voted YES.
Political and natural disasters: both bad for communities
By Maurie Mulheron, President NSW Teachers Federation