Disability support classes are a state responsibility
16 March 2023
Enabling Equity: Education Quarterly, Issue 5 2023 The provision of support classes to enable the engagement of students with disability…
Important permanent staffing win for support units
16 February 2022
Improvements to the executive staffing of support units with seven or more classes will start in term 2; a significant gain for members, students and their families.…
Disability: secret report exposes new wave
3 December 2020
A confidential NSW government report has shed light on a critical and burgeoning challenge for public education as the number of students with disabilities is predicted to grow by 50 per cent in the decade to 2027.
Federation joins 90 community groups to oppose One Nation bill
6 November 2020
The New South Wales Teachers Federation has joined with a large number of community groups to oppose legislation on ‘religious freedoms’ put before State Parliament by One Nation.
Media release: Students with disability to increase by 50% within a decade
3 September 2020
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A confidential NSW Department of Education disability strategy obtained under FOI laws has revealed inadequacies in planning for the state’s students with disabilities.
Young People from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds with Disabilities
20 August 2020
What are the main issues and concerns raised by young CALD people living with a disability?
Department advice on disability data collection during COVID
11 August 2020
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) provides information about the number of students with disability in schools and the adjustments they receive.
Students with disabilities left behind
31 July 2020
As new reports highlight the growing funding gap between public and private students, research during the pandemic reveals that parents of students with a disability felt their children had been “left behind by Australia’s education system” during the crisis.
Staffing win helping to support students with disability during COVID-19
20 May 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic hit hard our classes and teachers of students with disability. Responsive staff, additional staffing and the loud call for a targeted response to unique site and student needs relieved what threatened to be a disastrous outcome.
Federation negotiations secure extra staff for SSPs
21 February 2020
A Federation campaign has helped secure $37 million funding for extra staff across all Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs) during 2020.
Have your say on resourcing for students with disability and their schools
19 August 2019
Your union wants to hear from school teachers about the extent of inadequate targeted support funding for students with additional needs, as part of the Time to Act campaign.
Disability royal commission welcomed
21 February 2019
Federation welcomes the vote in the Australian Parliament to establish a royal commission into the violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.
Response to the release of the Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2018-2022
18 December 2018
On Monday 3 December 2018, ‘International Day of People with a Disability’, the Department of Education Secretary, Mark Scott emailed teachers to announce the release of the Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2018-2022.
Strategies to support students with autism K-6
21 November 2018
Teachers left a Centre for Professional Learning course earlier this week armed with strategies and resources to help them support students with autism in their K-6 classrooms.
Symposium plans joint efforts to improve opportunities of students with disability
20 November 2018
Plans are afoot to establish an alliance of Federation, professional and community groups to advocate for improved educational opportunities for students with disabilities, a result of Federation’s Equity Matters Disability Symposium at the weekend.
Federation to host disability forum this Saturday
15 November 2018
The Equity Matters Disability Symposium will be hosted in Federation’s auditorium on Saturday, 17 November, from 10am to 1.30 pm, to be followed by delegates’ workshops from 2pm to 4pm.
The power to transform lives
5 November 2018
Childhood trauma is an epidemic and the single biggest health crisis of our times, a Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) conference was told today, and that crisis was even worse for children with a disability.
Achieving equality with long-lasting benefits
23 September 2018
There’s a story I’ve heard many times from a formidable leader in the specialist education field. The story is of twin students.
Disability campaign mounts ahead of elections
17 September 2018
Federation is responding to the joint needs of students with disability and their teachers at every campaigning level, as advocacy intensifies ahead of the state and federal elections.
Disability forum puts pressure on governments
18 August 2018
In the Fairfield area, teachers have a strong history of being adept at recognising and supporting the learning for our students with disability.
Union attentive to promised transformation of education of students with disability
15 July 2018
Federation will be vigilant over changing approaches to the education of students with disability and hold the NSW Government and Department of Education to account, Claudia Vera, Officer with carriage of disability matters, told Annual Conference earlier this week.