Special honours for our members
27 January 2023
Manly-Warringah Teachers Association stalwarts Pam and John Ward have been honoured with Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM) for…
Petition supports the role of teacher-librarians
18 November 2020
Federation’s call for all NSW public school students to have access to qualified teacher-librarians and well-resourced school libraries has been reinforced by a new online petition to Members of Parliament in the NSW Legislative Assembly.
Book Week celebrations showcase members’ creativity
20 October 2020
Plenty of imagination, coloured cardboard, pens, glue and crepe paper have been used in public school libraries around the state in preparation for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week, running until 23 October.
Passionate allies connect to make a difference in the world
14 August 2020
Federation colleagues with an interest in unity, climate, habitat and global affairs can join with members who have similar concerns via the union’s Peace, Environment and International Issues Special Interest Group.
New SIG to provide supportive network about sports education
7 August 2020
Despite mandated hours for physical activity in public schools and a strong research base highlighting the importance of student involvement in physical activity, sport in schools is largely being left up to individual teachers to ensure its effective implementation.
Specialists who go by the books
13 March 2020
As a teacher-librarian at Fairvale Public School, I work with a team to align library lessons and activities to our school’s strategic directions and to integrate outcomes and content from the learning areas in the NSW curriculum.
New chapter for SIG recognises vital role
6 March 2020
For some time, Federation has held serious concerns about the erosion of the specialist positions under the State Government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions policy, including the role of the teacher-librarian in NSW public schools.
Industrial Arts teachers’ stories chronicled in print
26 November 2018
What began life as an instructional overview of teacher training programs for Industrial Arts morphed into a historical journey of the subject area from the early days of the NSW Teachers Federation.
International Day of the Girl Child
11 October 2017
Wednesday 11 October is the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child
Protest against trade deal that’s bad for people and the planet — 28 August
28 August 2017
Federation officers will join concerned citizens for a rally opposing plans by the Turnbull government to sign a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, on Monday 28 August. Earlier this year, the United States withdrew from TPP negotiations. Now, the 11 other countries involved in the talks, including Australia, are attempting to reach a deal without the US.
Unions call on super funds and government to take action on affordable housing
4 July 2017
The Sydney housing market is in crisis for essential workers such as teachers and the issue is now being addressed by unions, political parties and even superannuation funds, Federation General Secretary John Dixon told Federation annual conference today (Tuesday 4 July).
Wear red on June 20 to support Refugee Week action
14 June 2017
Refugee Week 18 – 24 June – ‘With courage let us all combine’
Concerns raised over ‘People Matter’ survey
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.
Memorial to teachers who fought in both world wars returns with new glow
24 April 2017
Today, fittingly on the eve of Anzac Day, the memorial plaque honouring public school teachers who fought in the two world wars was rehung on Federation’s walls after being cleaned and refurbished since being first placed on display in 1955. The memorial plaque was carved by celebrated sculptor Paul Beadle, who was also a teacher and lecturer.
Former public education inquiry head Tony Vinson dies
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.
Teachers affected by pension cuts – how you can speak out
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.