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Posted: 15 March 2017
International data released today proves that Gonski is working and highlights the recklessness of Malcolm Turnbull’s $29 million cuts to education. The PISA and TIMSS data released today prove that adequately resourcing schools leads to better student performance.
Posted: 15 March 2017
Member for Macarthur, Labor’s Dr Mike Freelander pledged to fight for Gonski school funding to be continued in full at a local launch of the AEU’s Getting Results 2 publication at Sarah Redfern High School in Minto, in Sydney’s West. “I understand how Gonski funding makes a difference to schools,” Dr Freelander said, as Federation members explained to parents of students the crucial benefits Gonski funding had brought to Sarah Redfern High.
Posted: 14 March 2017
Nominations are called for Alternative Representatives on Branch Council from the following Associations: Blacktown (1) Canterbury-Bankstown (1) Fairfield (1) Illawarra (1) Manly-Warringah (1) Middle Harbour (1) Ryde-Macquarie (1) St. Marys-Mt Druitt (1) TAFE (3) Please note written nominations can not be lodged before Wednesday 22 March 2017. Any nominations received before this date will be void.
Posted: 13 March 2017
Principals and aspiring principals are exploring the different ways to meet the challenges often associated with the implementation of whole-school change at a Centre for Professional Learning course today. The Leading Aboriginal Education in Your School course focuses on the importance of relationships and partnerships.
Posted: 13 March 2017
Getting to know your students is key to engaging them, the SBS Insight program "A Teacher Changed My Life" illustrated last week. The program featured three people who had at one point been disinterested in school and revealed how a teacher's approach had re-engaged them in learning.
Posted: 10 March 2017
The importance of principals working together to make positive change in public education and resist irrelevant accountability processes was covered in the opening session of Federation's Principals' Conference today. New Zealand Educational Institute immediate past president Louise Green outlined how professional voice is a critical component of quality public education.
Posted: 10 March 2017
Listed here are the Gonski Bus activities planned for your area. Buses will enter NSW from Queensland (the northern bus) and Victoria (the southern bus).
Posted: 8 March 2017
Women's struggles for equality were acknowledged at an International Women's Day morning tea at Federation's Surry Hills headquarters this morning. International Women's Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge women's progress towards gender equality in terms of social, political and economic rights that have been achieved through collective action.
Posted: 8 March 2017
The NSW Teachers Federation extends solidarity to United Voice in its campaign to achieve equal pay in the female-dominated childcare sector. Today, more than 1000 early childhood educators are expected to strike from 3.20pm, which represents the time women in Australia effectively start working for free because of the persistent gender pay imbalance.
Posted: 6 March 2017
Practical strategies to help with student engagement were discussed at today's Centre for Professional Learning course: Classroom Management through Effective Teaching. "Programming is the key to engaging students," Jane Sherlock, retired Head Teacher and a course presenter said. "The syllabus is the foundation but you add the engagement and inspiration through your program and your lessons."
Posted: 1 March 2017
The AEU’s “I Give a Gonski” Campaign will launch a national bus tour in Adelaide and Brisbane today to highlight the great results Gonski funding is delivering to schools and the threat to students from Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to scrap Gonski after this year. The Adelaide bus will be launched by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, and the Brisbane bus by Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones.
Posted: 27 February 2017
Nominations are called for Additional Branch Conference Delegates for the following Associations and/or Grouped Associations: 
Posted: 23 February 2017
Unions NSW will be coordinating the 2017 Sydney International Women's Day March and Rally on Saturday March 11. This year’s theme is “Forwards Not Backwards”, drawing attention to the many ways that gender equality appears to slipping, particularly in the area of health, economics, representation and safety. Date: Saturday March 11Time: 10amLocation: Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North
Posted: 22 February 2017
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." Gloria Steinem
Posted: 20 February 2017
"Every school and every teacher needs to ensure that they have made a submission into the NSW parliament inquiry into students with disability, Guildford West Public School assistant principal and Federation executive member Kathryn Bellach says. "Write a school one together and then encourage every teacher to select a part out of it and use it as the basis for an individual submission — the more the better."
Posted: 20 February 2017
Chair of the 2002 Independent Inquiry into the Provision of Public Education in NSW, Tony Vinson, died on February 17. "His life's work whether it be his ground-breaking prison reform or his inquiry into public education has always been underpinned by a commitment to social justice,” Federation President Maurie Mulheron said.
Posted: 15 February 2017
Rising stress levels among principals has prompted a renewed call from the Australian Education Union for governments to properly resource schools. The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey released by Teachers Health Fund reports the main cause of rising stress levels for principals is the “sheer quantity of administrative work” they are required to perform, plus a lack of time to focus on teaching and learning.
Posted: 15 February 2017
How can the Prime Minister cut schools funding when the target to halve the gap in reading and numeracy for Indigenous students by 2018 is not on track, Federation President Maurie Mulheron asked today. The Closing the Gap: Prime Minister's Report 2017, published yesterday, states: "The latest data show of the eight areas measured (reading and numeracy for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9), only one (Year 9 numeracy) is on track."
Posted: 14 February 2017
The Prime Minister's sentiments that Indigenous children should be given every opportunity to get the most out of their education are admirable but need to be accompanied by action, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. "He needs to support full implementation of the Gonski model at the COAG meeting in April," Mr Mulheron said.
Posted: 14 February 2017
NSW Disability Services employees will take strike action today to call on the NSW Government to stop the privatisation of public disability services.
Posted: 10 February 2017
Nominations are called for:  Federal Conference Delegate representing the General Division (1)  Nominations, which must be in writing and comply with the registered rules of the organisation, may be made at any time from Friday 10 February 2017. They must reach my office or postal address or AEC emailbox not later than 12 Noon (AEDT) on Friday 24 February 2017. Nominations cannot be withdrawn after 12 Noon (AEDT) on Friday 3 March 2017.
Posted: 6 February 2017
Retired teachers are among those hit by recent changes to the aged pension entitlements. The cuts affect middle Australia — a couple who own their own home now lose eligibility for the full pension if they have around $350,000 in assets. The amount retirees lose tapers away much more steeply than before. A couple who previously received a part-pension of $250 per week now get no pension.
Posted: 1 February 2017
Malcolm Turnbull today repeated the claim that school funding has increased by 50 per cent in the past decade’ in a speech at the Canberra Press Club. This figure is one that has been ‘pulled out of the air’, according to Federation President Maurie Mulheron, and has not been substantiated with any evidence by either the Prime Minister or his Education Minister, Simon Birmingham.
Posted: 30 January 2017
The Fair Work Commission has approved the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2016 that members voted to accept last November. This means members will begin receiving the benefits of the new Enterprise Agreement – including a 2.5 per cent annual pay rise over three years with all current conditions locked in – from February 3, in accordance with Section 54 of the Fair Work Act. The nominal expiry date of the Agreement is February 3, 2020.
Posted: 19 January 2017
The finest way to recognise and acknowledge retiring NSW Premier Mike Baird will be for the successor leadership to continue the state Coalition government’s commitment and full, long-term funding support for Gonski, teacher organisations said in a joint statement today.

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