Posted: 28 April 2016
Everyone with a passion for public education is invited to attend the Public Education Foundation's Celebration of Excellence in Public Schools on May 18. The free event will be held at Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street from 6.45pm.
Posted: 28 April 2016
Public Service Association members will undertake protected industrial action this afternoon at Ultimo TAFE over failed salaries negotiations with TAFE NSW. The PSA, which covers administrative staff, reports TAFE NSW proposes:
Posted: 28 April 2016
The catch-cry for needs-based schools funding — #Gonski — was the top trending issue on Twitter in Australia for most of last night. Tweets urged the Turnbull government to fully fund the six-year Gonski needs-based schools funding agreement in the May 3 Budget.
Posted: 27 April 2016
Show community solidarity at May Day events Teachers and their families are encouraged to join the Sydney May Day march and Family Fun Day on Sunday May 1. It's an opportunity for teachers to join with other community members to demonstrate solidarity on issues including TAFE and needs-based Gonski schools funding, ahead of the May 3 federal budget and this year's federal election.
Posted: 26 April 2016
All teachers are asked to send a tweet to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) during the Gonski pre-budget Tweetathon tomorrow, Wednesday April 27, between 6.30pm and 9pm. The tweet could be as simple as:
Posted: 21 April 2016
The Prime Minister has been sharply put on notice that he ignores Gonski needs-based schools funding to his peril with a new poll showing voters in six marginal electorates could unseat their Coalition MPs in the July election if funding is cut off. The ReachTEL poll, commissioned by the NSW Teachers Federation, has received prominent media coverage today and covers the seats of Lindsay, Dobell, Macquarie, Page, Gilmore and the bellwether electorate of Eden-Monaro.
Posted: 20 April 2016
TAFE teachers are being asked to vote No to an enterprise agreement which forces onerous conditions on teachers. TAFE NSW has unilaterally terminated bargaining for a new Enterprise Agreement for TAFE Teachers and Related Employees. The TAFE bargaining team indicated it will move swiftly to ballot in an endeavour to push through the proposed new Agreement.
Posted: 18 April 2016
Recent research from the AEU has highlighted a growing crisis in disability funding in education. The AEU’s 2016 State of Our Schools survey of public school principals found that 17.7 per cent of students required assistance in class with 87 per cent of principals reporting that they had had to shift funding from other parts of their school budget to provide the necessary support for students with disabilities.
Posted: 15 April 2016
Gonski needs-based funding is already doing great things in our schools, and a new advertising campaign aims to remind the public that Gonski funding is already providing benefits.
Posted: 15 April 2016
Have you made a call to a Coalition MP or NSW Senator yet about why the Turnbull government should budget for the fifth and sixth years of the Gonski agreement (National Education Reform Agreement) on May 3?
Posted: 14 April 2016
Funding schools properly is an investment that will deliver economic returns in the future and should not be scrapped as a temporary fix to the budget, the Australian Education Union's submission to the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Investment says.
Posted: 13 April 2016
To have world-class health, education and transport services we need to collect the revenue to fund them, an open letter from The Australia Institute to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says. Led by Bernie Fraser, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, 50 prominent Australians have undersigned the open letter, published as a full-page ad in the Sydney Morning Herald. The ad also invites members of the public to sign a petition in favour of ‘real and fair tax reform’.
Posted: 13 April 2016
Two-thirds of voters in Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's New England electorate support increased funding for public schools from the Commonwealth government in line with the Gonski report recommendations, a ReachTel poll reveals.
Posted: 12 April 2016
Federal Legislation provided the opportunity for vocational education and training providers to receive millions of dollars in federal government funding without the obligation to deliver graduates, Radio National's Background Briefing reported this week.
Posted: 11 April 2016
Commonwealth funding for students in the 50 most disadvantaged NSW schools will be lowered by about $1500 per student in 2019 if the federal government doesn't fully fund the six-year Gonski agreement in the May Budget.
Posted: 8 April 2016
From April 26, all teachers accredited as Proficient Teachers will be exempted from probationary requirements and thus made permanent. The Department made this determination after the Federation lodged a dispute in the Industrial Relations Commission on March 24. The dispute arose from the Department’s decision to remove beginning teacher support funding from some newly-appointed teachers. School Biz stated on February 5 that:
Posted: 5 April 2016
The NSW Industrial Relations Commission will arbitrate the dispute over the Department's proposal that the positions of school counsellor and school psychologist will be interchangeable parts of the “School Counselling Service”. The Commission will hear evidence from both Federation and the Department in relation to the dispute and make a decision. A timetable for the arbitration is being developed. Updates on this matter will be provided as they occur.
Posted: 5 April 2016
The financial statements of the NSW Teachers Federation for the year ending 31 December 2015 have been audited in accordance with the provisions of Section 257 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009. A copy of the financial statements is available to download. This is provided for members in accordance with Section 265 of the Act.
Posted: 5 April 2016
Nominations are called for New South Wales Teachers Federation (NSWTF) Annual (Additional) Conference Delegates from the following Associations:
Posted: 1 April 2016
The Department of Corrective Services (CSNSW) risks endangering the vital work of public education in gaols by privatising the provision of education and vocational training in prisons. Education and training in gaol is vital in stemming the high rate of recidivism – the ABC reports that the re-conviction rate in NSW is 74 per cent for non-Aboriginal people and 86 per cent for Aboriginal people – and can prevent at least one in 10 prisoners from going back behind bars.
Posted: 31 March 2016
Federation President Maurie Mulheron said states should reject Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal for the federal government to abandon all responsibility for funding public schools. “The key recommendation of the Gonski Review was that both levels of government, state and federal, had a shared responsibility to fund schools. Importantly, it recognised that the federal government had the greatest capacity to raise revenue and, therefore, should fund the greater share,” Mr Mulheron pointed out.
Posted: 31 March 2016
The life of Paul Brock is an exemplary tale of principle combined with intellect. As an educational leader, policy maker and thinker Paul provided a model for what public education and those working for it should always aspire to. Paul’s research and writings emphasised the quest for the highest human possibility for all of our students. Avoiding cant and fads he focussed on the great intellectual, ethical and moral dimensions of public education as the core of our purpose and endeavours. Paul Brock died on Good Friday.
Posted: 24 March 2016
Teachers are concerned by reports that NSW Premier Mike Baird intends to strike a deal with the Turnbull government over Gonski funding that would extend the transition period to achieving the minimum resource standard for all students, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. The original plan was for a funding model that would move all schools to a minimum resource standard in six years.
Posted: 24 March 2016
Federation welcomes the introduction of a bill in NSW parliament to guarantee TAFE at least 70 per cent of VET funding and urges Bill Shorten’s federal Labor party to adopt policy that will cap funding for private VET providers. NSW ALP leader Luke Foley on Wednesday introduced the Technical and Further Education Amendment (TAFE Funding Guarantee) Bill 2016 to “ensure the future health of TAFE in NSW”.
Posted: 23 March 2016
A new report shows that drifting school enrolments are segregating students into advantaged and disadvantaged schools, putting Australia at risk of a two-tier education system. The report, by the Centre for Policy Development, shows that families are moving to enrol their children in schools with perceived high NAPLAN results reported on the MySchool website, which is resulting in concentrations of disadvantage in already-disadvantaged public schools.