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Clarification of duties given to casual teachers

With the teacher shortage hitting crisis point in NSW, casual teachers are in high demand more than ever.

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Casual Teachers’ pay guaranteed on Queen’s holiday

NSW Teachers Federation has secured a guarantee from the Department of Education for casual teachers engaged to work on the public holiday on 22 September, set aside as the National Day of Mourning for the Queen.

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Our commitment to job security

Ahead of the state election, Federation will seek commitments from all major political parties to increase permanent teacher employment, as part of its ongoing campaign to stop the excessive use of temporary engagements.

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Tips about bookings

In the volatile context of the current teacher shortage, casual teachers are in high demand. But they are also more likely to experience changes in their bookings as schools struggle to manage daily absences and changes to whole school organisation.

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Government plan to end crisis hasn’t hired one new teacher

A recent poll of Federation members makes clear the impact a lack of casual teachers is having on the crisis facing NSW public schools.

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Talking Employment

Noting the significant employment challenges that some casual and temporary teachers have faced during the pandemic, we hope that the following employment tips will assist members to secure employment in term 4 and for 2022.

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Support for casual members during pandemic restrictions

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us, but, in many ways, it is those in precarious employment who are the most affected.

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Casual teachers and maternity leave

Casual teachers are not entitled to access paid maternity leave in the same way as permanent and temporary teachers on an engagement can.

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There’s nothing casual about teaching: Professional learning and mandatory training

There is a fundamental responsibility for schools to support the professional learning of all staff, including casual and temporary teachers.

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There’s nothing casual about teaching: Employment catagories

Federation encourages all members to familiarise themselves with the different employment categories and how the classifications apply to casual and temporary teachers, to ensure all teachers are employed correctly.

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Webinar program

Federation developed a program of free professional development courses specifically for casual and temporary members, which the union had planned to deliver face-to-face during 2020.

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Union secures guarantees for casual and temporary staff

After successful representations to the Department of Education, Federation has secured employment certainty for casual and temporary teachers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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There’s nothing casual about teaching

A suite of casual teacher seminars for Federation members will be held in the school holidays this year.

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There’s nothing casual about teaching

On my visits to schools, and through enquiries fielded by Officers, conversations with members are often the focus on the nature of temporary engagements.

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There’s nothing casual about teaching

Which temporary teachers are eligible to receive a year of Beginning Teacher Support Funding?

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Wedded to an app for better or worse – the highs and lows of Class Cover

​I wish I could claim my phone purchases as a tax deduction. With the introduction of the Class Cover booking system for casuals, a slow phone or poor reception can cost you thousands of dollars in lost income each year.

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Time to bolster permanent roles

Staffing every public school throughout NSW with appropriately qualified and accredited permanent teachers remains one of the greatest challenges facing the NSW public school system.

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Tax issues for casual teachers

Federation has received a number of enquiries from casual teachers concerning discrepancies in the tax they have paid since the introduction of the SAP HR payroll system.

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Stokes gets daily mail on shortage

​Education Minister Rob Stokes is now hearing on a daily basis — school-by-school — the effect of the casual teacher shortage.

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Temporary teacher engagements up to three years

Starting early in Term 3, 2018, temporary teachers will now be able to be offered engagements of up to three years in length.

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Future Teacher Scholarship recipients

Fifteen NSW Teachers Federation’s Future Teacher Scholarships were presented at Annual Conference today (Sunday). “This year, we had 65 applications from students at 14 universities,” Nicole Calnan, Federation Membership and Training Officer told the conference.

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