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Posted: 15 September 2016
Supporters of the Safe Schools program will rally to demonstrate their support for schools to be able to access the program and an end to bullying in schools based on sexual orientation and gender diversity. The NSW Teachers Federation supports the Safe Schools Rally that will be held at 1pm on Sunday September 18 in Martin Place, Sydney. The event is being organised by Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) and is in response to a recent petition attacking the program that will be tabled in the NSW Parliament the following week.
Posted: 7 September 2016
Tomorrow, September 8, is Equal Pay Day — calculated to be the point to which the average woman must work to earn the same money an average man earns over the financial year ending in June.
Posted: 6 September 2016
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has defended the importance of Gonski needs-based funding in a critical response to a draft report from the Productivity Commission. In a media release, Minister Piccoli highlights issues with the scope of the Productivity Commission report, stating “The draft report refers to the years 2004/05 to 2013/14 in which Commonwealth funding was not provided to schools on the basis of need.” Minister Piccoli also pointed out that only 1.5 per cent of funding had been rolled out to school during the time period covered by the report.
Posted: 6 September 2016
If you thought Malcolm Turnbull had any commitment to needs-based funding for schools, think again. A new analysis by education funding expert Dr Jim McMorrow has found the Turnbull government's funding plan to replace the Gonski model will simply entrench disadvantage by directing 62 per cent of extra federal funding to private schools after 2017.
Posted: 1 September 2016
Federation looks forward to establishing a positive relationship with new Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, Mark Scott. The union's President Maurie Mulheron and General Secretary John Dixon congratulated Mr Scott on his appointment in a letter sent today.
Posted: 1 September 2016
The NSW Secondary Principals' Council is calling for a more serious discourse about what and how school performance is measured. The professional body believes the focus on standardised testing such as NAPLAN and PISA rankings needs to be repositioned to consider broader definitions of school success.
Posted: 25 August 2016
More needs to be done in the vocational education sector than just redesigning the VET Fee-Help system, NSW Teachers Federation and Australian Education Union representatives said today. Their comments follow Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham announcing an amended student loan scheme would be introduced in 2017. Australian Education Union Federal TAFE Secretary Pat Forward said the Federal Government must take real action, including a suspension of the VET FEE-HELP scheme, to stop private providers rorting the system.
Posted: 25 August 2016
Federation is urging members to join their colleagues and the broader community at a rally at Sydney Town Hall 1pm this Saturday, August 27, to demand the Australian government show leadership by complying with its legal and moral obligations to those seeking asylum. The rally will start at 1pm and the crowd will later march to Circular Quay via the Papua New Guinea Consulate.
Posted: 25 August 2016
Public schools across NSW will be celebrating Wear It Purple Day tomorrow to communicate to rainbow young people, and LGBTIQ people in the school community, that they are welcome and an integral part of the community.
Posted: 25 August 2016
It is not in the community's interest to have people leave prison without a chance to be skilled and have the chance to break the poverty and crime cycle that has put them in there in the first place. That was the message delivered by Federation President Maurie Mulheron at a public forum at NSW Parliament House on Tuesday night.
Posted: 24 August 2016
It's important for all teachers to understand the scale of Islamophobia and xenophobia so they can help tackle it, Islamophobia Register Australia President Mariam Veiszadah told Federation's Women's Conference on Saturday. The register, which was set up as a platform to report, record and analyse incidents of Islamophobia, has on file cases of:
Posted: 23 August 2016
On Friday 19 August, the NSW government released the report and recommendations from the review of BOSTES. Federation notes that while the government has accepted all recommendations, they now have to introduce legislation into parliament in order to implement these recommendations. Once draft legislation is made public then Federation will further develop its approach in response.
Posted: 23 August 2016
Young rainbow people and their supporters joined together on Friday evening to celebrate the launch of Wear It Purple’s 2016 short video to support the celebration of Wear It Purple Day. The audience heard from speakers who shared their personal accounts of how Wear It Purple Day has made a positive change in their school or lives, setting the course for a more inclusive learning environment.
Posted: 22 August 2016
“Research highlights the importance of education as a very significant factor in reducing recidivism. Removing specialist teachers from the prisons as proposed by the Government requires public justification after consultation with all the stakeholders. The lockdown of prisoners in cells for over eighteen hours a day gives very little time for education, especially with the huge increase of imprisonment” said Community Justice Coalition President, the Hon John Dowd AO QC.
Posted: 20 August 2016
Public school teachers from across the state have gathered in Sydney today to attend Federation's annual Women's Conference and discuss the theme Women in Education: Leading the way. During the morning session the union's Women's Coordinator Anna Uren spoke about the challenges facing women. Attack on teachers’ pay and working conditions
Posted: 19 August 2016
Federation is taking the significant step of petitioning State Parliament to reverse its decision to end high-quality education in NSW gaols by sacking large numbers of teachers – hard-working Federation members.
Posted: 19 August 2016
The NSWTF notes the NSW Government release of the Review into BOSTES. The Federation will closely analyse the totality of the announcement and the proposed future policy directions. After examining the announcements and detailed background papers the union will then communicate its considered position and the implications for its members and NSW public education.    
Posted: 19 August 2016
BOSTES is currently consulting on the Draft Syllabuses for Senior Years’ English, Mathematics, Science and History. It is important that as many teachers as possible engage in this consultation process to ensure a fair and appropriate consultation process.
Posted: 15 August 2016
Saturday marked the 12th anniversary of the government's decision to exclude same sex attracted and transgender Australians from the Marriage Act, and to mark the occasion a rally was held at Sydney Town Hall to champion the issue of marriage equality. A number of Federation members and Officers participated in the event.
Posted: 3 August 2016
NAPLAN is not and never has been a valid measure of overall school and student performance. It was designed as a snapshot diagnostic test to inform teaching and learning programs.
Posted: 29 July 2016
Senior gaol educator Debbie Harris has been told her 22 years of helping prisoners build a better life have no place in tomorrow’s gaols. Here’s her story*   Gaol, prison, correctional centre, big house, “inside” – these are just some of the words used to describe my workplace.  It’s not a glamorous place to work, I can assure you, but it’s challenging and rewarding.  I should know – I’ve been working here for over 22 years.
Posted: 26 July 2016
Casual Vacancy for Professional Support Officer 2015-2018 Mr Neale Dawson, Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of Professional Support Officer of the Australian Education Union NSW Teachers Federation for 2015-2018. The Professional Support Officer will be appointed for the remainder of the triennium ending on Monday 4 February 2019. Nominations Nominations are hereby invited for the following position: • Professional Support Officer (1 to be elected)
Posted: 22 July 2016
BOSTES has commenced consultation on the draft syllabuses for Senior Years’ English, Mathematics, Science and History. Federation members are encouraged to attend the consultation meetings listed below. They will be held from 4-6pm and participation contributes two hours of Quality Teaching Council registered professional development. Members can also provide feedback via an online survey or a written submission.
Posted: 20 July 2016
Federation will write to the NSW Department of Education to seek clarification about the recently updated Social Media Policy and Social Media Policy Implementation Guidelines. The policy updates, which were published on the Department’s website on July 7 and then promoted via the ‘Learning Systems’ Twitter account on July 19, were not discussed with Federation prior to publication.

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