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Union attentive to promised transformation of education of students with disability

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.

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TAFE and Corrective Services on Federation’s election agenda

Our public TAFE system was the envy of the world, but then it started to be destroyed, Federation President Maurie Mulheron told Annual Conference Delegates earlier this week.

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Language learning fundamental to social cohesion, Annual Conference hears

Improvements need to be made to language education provision in NSW public schools, Federation’s Multicultural Officer/Organiser Amber Flohm said at Annual Conference earlier this week.

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Workplace discrimination against LGBTIQ teachers “widespread”, study finds

Workplace discrimination against LGBTIQ teachers is relatively widespread, taking its greatest toll on psychological wellbeing, according to a study conducted jointly by Western Sydney University and the NSW Teachers Federation.

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Local unity essential in global fight against school privatisation

The rise in commercialisation of public schools around the world must be opposed through union solidarity, according to Education International project director Angelo Gavrielatos.

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Quality school infrastructure — an issue for state and federal governments

Federation rejects the unilateral imposition of open-space learning on new and existing schools.

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Salaries and funding among campaign issues for NSW state election

Federation will campaign for a significant breakthrough in teacher salaries in the next award — without trade-offs — Federation’s Annual Conference determined.

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Change the Rules: Overturn the NSW Public Sector Wages Policy

Federation will campaign with other public sector unions and Unions NSW to overturn the NSW Public Sector Wages policy and restore the right of public sector workers to pursue wage claims in the Industrial Relations Commission unfettered by Government policy, Annual Conference determined on Monday.

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Federation has a key role to play in ACTU’s Change the Rules campaign

Federation has an essential role to play in the Australian Council of Trade Union’s Change the Rules campaign, ACTU Secretary Sally McManus told the union’s 100th Annual Conference.

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Australia must learn lessons from UK education system

Parallels between the challenges facing teacher unions in the UK and Australia emphasise the benefits of teacher solidarity across borders, UK National Education Union Joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney said at Federation’s Annual Conference.

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Relationships the X-factor in Aboriginal People’s advancement

“Relationships, relationships, relationships — I can’t stress this enough,” Federation’s Aboriginal Education Coordinator told teachers at Annual Conference.

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Schools funding conversations with parents urgent

​The best chance of achieving the objectives of the schools funding campaign is for Federation members to speak to parents in their school community on return to school,Federation President Maurie Mulheron told Annual Conference.

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Enhanced staffing — not cuts — needed to improve quality and equity

Federation is calling on the State Government and Education Department to improve permanent staffing levels in all settings, in support of a high quality/high equity public school system.

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Local Schools, Local Decisions needs to go

Loud applause met Federation Deputy President Joan Lemaire’s statement, “We need to end Local Schools, Local Decisions,” at Annual Conference today.

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Federal Government’s failure to address needs of nation’s First Peoples condemned

The Turnbull Government’s neglect of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has been condemned by Delegates at Federation’s Annual Conference.

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Profession offers suggestions to shift workload focus to teaching and learning

Immediate action is needed to address the “very substantial, potentially debilitating and growing” demands upon teachers, “particularly in relation to administrative work”, a new report by Sydney and Curtin university academics.

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Federation’s centennial Annual Conference begins today

​Several hundred public school teachers from around the state will spend three days of their winter break discussing issues affecting the profession at the NSW Teachers Federation’s largest decision making forum, Annual Conference.

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School teachers in classrooms – not corporations – best assessors of students, says President

​Education was the last bastion of society to hold out against commercialisation and privatisation, but it is under threat, Federation President Maurie Mulheron told Annual Conference.

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NSW Teachers Federation Trainee Teacher Scholarships — an investment in building the profession

​Today $60,000 in Trainee Teacher Scholarships have been awarded at the NSW Teachers Federation’s centennial Annual Conference.

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When will the Federal Government learn?

The Federal Government had failed to learn the lessons of the NSW experiment, which introduced learning progressions and an online assessment tool into schools that were blamed for creating excessive teacher workload, President of the Australian Education Union Correna Haythorpe told Federation’s Annual Conference.

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Teachers’ dedication to the NSW Teachers Federation recognised with Life Membership

NSW Teachers Federation’s 100th Annual Conference has bestowed Life Membership on 14 public education teachers for their campaigning efforts on behalf of Federation.

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