Schools offer oasis to salve the suffering
17 November 2019
Amid the heat, dust and despair, schools across drought-stricken NSW are serving as an “oasis” for their local communities.
Private VET college fined while TAFE loses out
29 October 2019
A Federal Court ruling against a failed private training college has highlighted the Federal Government’s folly of funding for-profit VET providers at the expense of the public TAFE system.
Week of action gets traction
21 September 2019
We came, we saw … they responded. It could be the catchcry that sums up Federation’s week of action over pay inequity for pre-2016 teachers.
Department hoses down threat of asbestos
20 September 2019
The Department of Education’s asbestos register lists 2185 schools as being contaminated with the hazardous building material, with 109 identified as having the worst category of the substance.
Incentives must not drain funding
18 September 2019
Scholarships and pay increases recommended by the Grattan Institute to attract high-achieving HSC students to the teaching profession were worthwhile but should not be allowed to skim money from already-scarce current funding for the public system, Federation has stated.
Government funding can stop TAFE decline
7 August 2019
The best way to reverse the fall in enrolments in government-funded vocational education was to restore funding to TAFE and reinstate it as the primary provider of vocational education in Australia, Ms Sharkey said.
Voice, Treaty, Truth of Uluru Statement begins in the classroom
25 July 2019
Indigenous lawyer and human rights advocate Teela Reid urged the teaching profession to educate students about the real truth of Australia’s history and to embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart at Federation’s Annual Conference.
Additional permanent EAL/D teachers to meet student need is long overdue
18 July 2019
The number of students requiring specialist English language support has increased by 20 per cent over five years but not a single EAL/D teaching job has been added, Federation’s Annual Conference was told.
All changes to assessment and reporting must be led by the teaching profession, Conference declares
9 July 2019
The recent NAPLAN outages revealed the “fiasco” the “flawed and corrupt” national testing tool had become, NSW Teachers Federation Annual Conference was told yesterday.
Additional permanent teachers will boost quality teaching and learning
8 July 2019
Increasing the number of permanent teaching positions in the state’s public schools was the surest way to provide adequate classroom relief for teachers, address the high number of temporary teachers in the system and address the increasingly complex nature of student needs, Federation’s Annual Conference was told today.
Salary rise for prac teacher supervisors
1 July 2019
Teachers supervising student teachers in NSW public schools will receive incremental daily rate increases of 13.3 per cent over the next three years.
Uncle Vic recognised for lifetime of enlightening
14 June 2019
The first Aboriginal public school principal in NSW, Uncle Vic Chapman, has been recognised on the Queen’s Birthday honours list for a lifetime of working to improve opportunities for our First Peoples.
Unions rally on May Day ahead of Sunday’s Family Fun Day
1 May 2019
To chants of “union, power”, more than 20,000 union members gathered at Sydney’s Belmore Park, near Central station, to march to Hyde Park marking May Day for International Workers Day.
Data spin and education cross-pollinisation
16 April 2019
The need for teachers’ unions and the education research community to cross-pollinate is essential in an increasingly data-dense world if the best interests of public education are to be served, a summit held at Federation headquarters was told.
School partners with community on park project
12 April 2019
Members of the Gumbaynggirr community gathered to open the new park in Bellwood Aboriginal Reserve and remember the life of Caleb Jarrett, whose name the park now bears.
Award for Aboriginal education beacon
4 April 2019
“Bolted in” not “bolted on” is the catch cry at Briar Road Public School, which has received national recognition for its Aboriginal education programs by earning the coveted Arthur Hamilton Award from the Australian Education Union.
Dash of history to be preserved in library
13 March 2019
A significant chapter in Federation’s early history will be preserved after the family of the second President presented artefacts and documents from the era to the union’s library.
9 March 2019
Childhood trauma and toxic stress are recognised as the world’s leading health epidemic and only recently have its consequences and remedies started trickling down to education policy and practice, members were told at March’s Principals’ Conference.
‘Education’ cartoonist Greg Gaul’s works to feature in exhibition
11 February 2019
Federation’s resident illustrator Greg Gaul has had a lifelong love of drawing and sketching and his works are set to feature in a retrospective exhibition at an inner Sydney gallery.
Kogarah helped forge Anzac legend
11 December 2018
Former students of Kogarah High were involved in many of the well-known battles that helped to forge the Anzac character, said a teacher at the school, Glenn Hokin, as it marked 100 years since the end of World War I.
Win for small schools
28 November 2018
Federation’s ongoing campaign for improved support of teaching and learning in small schools won significant ground as revealed in a meeting with the Department last week.