State budget builds new schools, cuts support and caps salaries Whilst providing increased investment in capital works and maintenance for public schools, the NSW budget fails to adequately and fairly support the teachers responsible for delivering public education by cutting support staff in head office and maintaining the salary cap, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. Capital works and maintenance spending For decades, NSW public schools have experienced shortfalls in capital works and maintenance funding.
Posted: 15 June 2017
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is staging a National Day of Action in Sydney on Tuesday 20 June and Federation officers will attend the Sydney rally to show union support for the campaign. ‘Enough is Enough: Stop the Attack on Workers’ rallies will be held at 11am at:
Posted: 13 June 2017
While the future of thousands of Australian vocational training and education (VET) students remain uncertain, today’s National TAFE Day reminds students, educators and the community that the Federal Government needs to do more to secure funding for Australia’s public TAFEs.
Posted: 9 June 2017
In response to questions raised by Federation, the Department has confirmed in correspondence on 31 May that data from the “People Matter Survey” is provided to the Department in relation to the responses from individual workplaces with a certain number of employees.
Posted: 8 June 2017
Confronting threats to LGBTIQ equality in Australia and the United States, Federation will join a march in Sydney on 11 June in common cause with marches being held across the United States, and all are welcome to join.
Posted: 6 June 2017
After a long wait, teachers can once again submit applications to have prior eligible service recognised for salary purposes. For some teachers, this process will need to be completed by November this year so they can qualify for a review. Have you ever:
Posted: 5 June 2017
The NSW-Commonwealth Gonski agreement provides NSW public schools the greatest funding increases over the next two years. This is now under threat because the Federal Government is refusing to honour its funding share of the agreement. In total, this will be a $846 million cut to NSW public schools. Funding figures for each NSW public school can be found here.
Posted: 5 June 2017
Veteran Gonski campaigner Dianne Byers urges teachers and parents to keep up their efforts to achieve needs-based funding for schools, as outlined in the signed NSW Gonski agreement. “Continue to lobby all MPs and senators in the federal parliament. Keep tweeting, emailing, visiting and Facebooking,” she says. “As long as it takes, our students are worth it.”
Posted: 30 May 2017
The Referendum Council's Uluru Statement, arising from the National Constitutional Convention attended by more than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates last week, calls for:
Posted: 29 May 2017
Ways to increase students' attention spans were shared at the Centre for Professional Learning's Improving Student Learning by Creating a Thinking Classroom course today. The brain is looking for novelty, presenter Sandra Rohan said. Other tools for increasing student attention spans include incorporating humour, music, movement, choice and games.
Posted: 25 May 2017
Federation members and staff celebrated Public Education Day today with a morning tea during which they lobbied state and federal representatives to keep faith with the original full Gonski schools funding plan.
Posted: 25 May 2017
Almost 137 years ago the Public Instruction Act of 1880 instituted free, secular and compulsory education to enable children, regardless of religion, race, creed or class, to sit, in the words of Henry Parkes, 'side by side' in their local public school. Public Education Day provides an opportunity each year to reflect on the nation-building that starts with children sitting side by side in a public school.
Posted: 23 May 2017
Federation's Aboriginal Members Conference delegates were treated to performance poetry by Steven Oliver of Black Comedy fame on Saturday. His poems raise issues such as Aboriginal incarceration levels, reduced life-expectancy, substance abuse and suicide rates:
More than half of students with disability missing out on funded support, according to government figures
Posted: 22 May 2017
Figures from the 2016 Nationally Consistent Collection of Data confirm there is a crisis in disability education in Australia, said AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe in a media release on Saturday. “This annual census shows 469,000 students have a disability or learning difficulty but schools are only receiving funding to support 200,000 students with disability,” Ms Haythorpe said.
Posted: 22 May 2017
The challenge to reverse the growing commercialisation and privatisation of education requires solidarity across nations, Education International project director Angelo Gavrielatos told Federation's 20th Aboriginal Members Conference on Saturday.
Posted: 20 May 2017
The life journeys of several Aboriginal men and women were shared at Federation's Friday Forum last night, ahead of today's Aboriginal Members Conference. "I believe we are in the fourth phase of our shared history," said Uncle Vic Chapman, who was the first Aboriginal principal in NSW public schools.
Posted: 20 May 2017
Federation's 20th Aboriginal Members Conference gets underway this morning with an agenda full of topics of interest to teachers. Workshop sessions will cater for teachers' varying interests, including:
Posted: 18 May 2017
Parents, school communities and state ministers remain united in their fight against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s agenda of education cuts that will see students miss out on $3.2 billion in funding in 2018 and 2019, the Australian Education Union said in a media release today. Today’s COAG Education Council meeting was a farce, aimed at giving states the illusion of consultation, in an attempt to railroad states to agree on a flawed plan, the federal union said.
Posted: 17 May 2017
Today is IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) or IDAHOBIT International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia), an internationally recognised day of action to give visibility to the experiences of LGBTIQ people around the world. The day marks the date that the World Health Organisation decided to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990 and as such is an appropriate day to take action against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
Posted: 12 May 2017
The NSW Teachers Federation welcomes Federal Labor’s budget reply announcement of greater investment in public schools and TAFE. Acting Teachers Federation President Gary Zadkovich said: “Teachers and parents in public school communities across NSW will be greatly heartened by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s commitment to fully fund the Gonski needs based agreements. “This will ensure that students in all public schools will receive the extra support they need to succeed in education.
Posted: 11 May 2017
In an unprecedented move, the head of NSW public education has been compelled to urgently write today to every public school principal in the state, instructing them not to rely upon or trust the funding figures released by the Turnbull Government. Mr Mark Scott, NSW Department of Education Secretary, wrote: “I am aware that the Commonwealth Education Minister has written to you with an estimate of the funding increases that your school will attract from the latest announcement. You should not rely on these figures for future planning or budgeting purposes.”
Posted: 10 May 2017
Last night's federal Budget confirms the Turnbull government intends to abandon genuine needs-based schools funding, Federation Acting President Joan Lemaire said today. Under the six-year National Education Reform Agreement (NERA) signed between Commonwealth and NSW in 2013, all NSW public schools would have achieved the Schooling Resource Standard by 2019, but the Turnbull government's plan to dishonour the Gonski agreement and spread less money over 10 years means schools might never meet the standard and will remain under-resourced.
Posted: 9 May 2017
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Posted: 5 May 2017
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has admitted that there is no guarantee schools will reach the Schooling Resource Standard under the Turnbull government’s new funding model, the Australian Education Union (AEU) charged today. Mr Birmingham’s comment yesterday that how the states managed their share of education funding was up to them showed the federal government has effectively abandoned the most disadvantaged schools and is “pursuing equity between states at the expense of equity for students”, the AEU said.
Posted: 4 May 2017
Voters want next week’s federal Budget to fund Gonski in full rather than see Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gifting business with tax cuts, the Australian Education Union (AEU) said today, citing a new survey of 20 marginal seats. The polling, which shows 71 per cent of respondents see Mr Turnbull as being out of touch with their concerns, reinforces the AEU’s condemnation of the federal government’s announcement this week to leave schools $2 billion worse off in 2018-19 by not funding Gonski in full. Voters strongly supported increasing resources for schools.
Political and natural disasters: both bad for communities
By Maurie Mulheron, President NSW Teachers Federation