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Posted: 8 March 2006
Federation welcomes State Government's decision By Maree O'Halloran President The NSW Teachers Federation welcomes the State Government's decision to amend the Public Sector Employment and Management Act to protect TAFE teachers by making them direct employees of the NSW government. Maree O'Halloran, Federation President, said:
Posted: 8 March 2006
Application forms available The Quality Teaching Awards recognise outstanding teachers across NSW. The Awards are open to permanent, part-time, temporary and casual teachers in early childhood, primary and secondary schools, universities and TAFE NSW Institutes. Award recipients are presented with their Award by the Minister for Education and Training, at a recognition ceremony at Government House. Recipients receive $500 from the Awards' sponsor, The Daily Telegraph, and 12 months membership of the Australian College of Educators.
Posted: 2 March 2006
No cause for celebration By Angelo Gavrielatos Deputy President The Howard decade is no cause for celebration says the NSW Teachers Federation. Angelo Gavrielatos, Federation Deputy President said today:
Posted: 1 March 2006
Optional in 2006 Victorian public schools are not required to implement the new report cards until 2007. Schools in Victoria have been given the time to undertake sound and thorough planning and implementation. The Victorian Minister for Education , Lynne Kosky has advised Victorian parents by letter that: "In 2006, schools can choose to take part in the new reporting process. All government schools must have the new report cards from 2007." (Victorian Education Department website) Maree O'Halloran, Federation President said:
Posted: 28 February 2006
Private schools blatantly advantaged The NSW Teachers Federation is stunned at the difference in the amounts of grants provided by the Federal Government to private and public schools in the Investing in our Schools Program (capital works and maintenance funding) in 2005. Maree O'Halloran, Federation President, said she could not believe the sheer effrontery of the then Federal Minister for Education, Brendan Nelson in approving such divergent amounts.
Posted: 28 February 2006
Today, the dispute between the State Government and the Teachers Federation over student report cards was before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission. Maree O'Halloran, Federation President said: "The State Government today asked the Industrial Relations Commission to recommend that the Federation withdraw its advice to schools. That advice was for schools to continue to use their current reporting systems. The Federation also advised that it would continue negotiations with the State Government to achieve an acceptable reporting framework.
Posted: 24 February 2006
In 2005, the Australian Primary Principals Association commissioned an independent company to research about "Reporting Student Progress to Parents". The research covered both public and private primary school principals and was released on 10 August 2005. At paragraph 2.18 of the report, McGregor Tan Research reported the key final messages about student reports:
Posted: 23 February 2006
Federation advises that schools should continue to use their own reporting system and not comply with the DET's memorandum of 9 February 2006. Many of the reporting requirements being foisted on schools are professionally and educationally unacceptable. The Federation has grave concerns about the philosophical underpinnings of the proposed new report cards. In particular, the Federation opposes:
Posted: 23 February 2006
- All services suffer - The Premier's NSW Economic and Financial Statement released today will not improve education, health and other services in NSW. The loss of 5,000 public sector jobs is condemned. The people in these jobs provide much needed support in a range of areas. Maree O'Halloran, President of the NSW Teachers Federation said today:
Posted: 23 February 2006
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report released today shows a 3.9% increase in the proportion of students attending private schools in the ten year period from 1995 to 2005 Maree O'Halloran, President of the NSW Teachers Federation, said: 1. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report released today shows a 3.9% increase in the proportion of students attending private schools in the ten year period from 1995 to 2005.
Posted: 22 February 2006
Your (Queer) rights at work 'Workers Out' will be holding a forum on how the effects of the Howard Government's Industrial Relations legislation will impact on queer workers and others in the community. Workers Out will be holding the forum on Monday 27th February at the Trades Hall auditorium 377-383 Sussex Street , Sydney from 6:30pm
Posted: 15 February 2006
The Federation's ban on the DET's new Annual School Report format (the '2005' format and templates) remains in place. The Department issued a memorandum to schools last year stating that either the 2004 format or the 2005 format could be used for the 2005 report. Federation advises schools to exercise their option to use the 2004 format for the 2005 report. If the new format applies or is mandated in 2006, the ban will continue. SCHOOL ACTION
Posted: 11 February 2006
On Saturday 11 February, Federation's State Council held its first meeting for 2006. For the 300 teachers from across the state, issues affecting beginning teachers were a major concern. Beginning teachers need more support in schools to encourage them to remain in teaching. Many new teachers leave the profession because of workload, student behaviour problems and lack of support from the employer. The Federation's immediate demands on government are: � a properly funded induction program for beginning teachers
Posted: 10 February 2006
Important advice to members in schools At the end of 2005, the Federation Council lifted the ban on the DET's Webservices email service. This followed lengthy negotiations which resulted in a number of significant improvements which better protect the interests of teachers.
Posted: 5 February 2006
Letter to the Sydney Morning Herald On the first weekend of the new school year, the Sydney Morning Herald printed articles by Adele Horin and Joanna Mendelssohn attacking the performance of teachers and school education. Teachers care deeply for their students and work hard to provide the best education possible within current government funding constraints. Yet on the first weekend of the new school year, the SMH printed articles by Adele Horin and Joanna Mendelssohn attacking the performance of teachers and school education (4/2/06).
Posted: 2 February 2006
Targeted and properly funded induction programs needed A national survey of 1200 beginning teachers conducted by the Australian Education Union has found that their key concerns are workload, behaviour management, pay and class sizes. Survey results also showed that 45% of beginning teachers indicated they won't be teaching in 10 years time. Angelo Gavrielatos, NSW Teachers Federation Deputy President, said the AEU survey had found that 64% teachers with three years or less experience indicated that workload was a key concern.
Posted: 26 January 2006
'Short on action' By Angelo Gavrielatos Deputy President The Howard government continues to neglect the needs of non-English speaking background (NESB) migrant and refugee children. In his statement on Jan 25, 2006, Prime Minister Howard said of migrants, "...we expect them to master the common language of English..." However the Howard government is responsible for the scandalous under funding of essential English language programs for migrant and refugee children.
Posted: 23 January 2006
Teachers dismiss Iemma's 'values' plan By ABC The New South Wales Teachers Federation says the State Government's new measures to teach primary school students Australian values are window dressing.
Posted: 17 January 2006
The Australian Education Union held its annual Federal Conference in Brisbane on January 14 - 16, 2006.  Delegates unanimously supported the following statement: The Australian Education Union (AEU) representing over 165,000 educators condemns the Federal Government's criminal neglect of public education and the aggressive pursuit by the Federal Minister, Brendan Nelson, of simplistic and dangerous education policies.
Posted: 27 December 2005
Media release By Maree O'Halloran President The league table published in today's Daily Telegraph is condemned. It is evidence that league tables are a dangerous and misleading political and media construct.  Such a simplistic presentation of data fails to take into account the complexity of schooling. It is distorted by school size, type and discriminatory private school enrolment policies.
Posted: 20 December 2005
Federation will close at 5pm on December 21 and reopen at 8.30am on January 3. Teachers Eye Care Centre The Eye Care Centre at 188 Day Street, Sydney and at the corner of Macquarie and Smith Streets, Parramatta will close at noon on December 23, but will be open December 28, 29 and 30. The centre will then be closed until January 3. Teachers Federation Health
Posted: 8 December 2005
A letter to Alan Jones The Teachers Federation has become aware of some comments made about teachers and the Teachers Federation in a letter from one of his listeners that was read on-air by Alan Jones during his breakfast program on 2GB on Tuesday, 6 December. A letter has been sent by Maree O'Halloran, the Federation President, to Alan Jones today. The text of the letter is reproduced. Mr Alan Jones Radio 2GB Dear Mr Jones Re: Statements made about teachers and the Teachers Federation on your program of 6 December 2005
Posted: 7 December 2005
  Federation has received reports that DET Officers are pressuring Principals to use the new format. School "league" tables loom large in NSW. It is important for school communities that teachers do everything possible to prevent the publication of information that could be compiled into league tables. One of the reasons for Federation's ban on the DET's new Annual School Report format is that the information mandated by that format will, if published, aid the construction of "league" tables by the media or others.
Posted: 7 December 2005
Federation has received reports that DET Officers are pressuring Principals to use the new format. School "league" tables loom large in NSW. It is important for school communities that teachers do everything possible to prevent the publication of information that could be compiled into league tables. One of the reasons for Federation's ban on the DET's new Annual School Report format is that the information mandated by that format will, if published, aid the construction of "league" tables by the media or others.
Posted: 23 November 2005
HIV/AIDS � Let's talk about it 1 December is recognised internationally as World AIDS Day. This year AIDS Awareness Week will begin on 24 November 2005 and end on 30 November 2005. The national theme for the 2005 World AIDS Day campaign is: 'HIV/AIDS: Let's talk about it.' HIV/AIDS is still a major health issue with no known cure. HIV/AIDS has not gone away and Australians need to be informed and reminded that we should not be complacent but remain responsible for ourselves, vigilant with prevention and supportive of those who have HIV/AIDS.

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