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The Restrictive Practices Framework

Federation recognises that every attempt must be made to minimise, reduce and eliminate the use of restrictive practices in schools and is committed to working towards this goal.

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Age discrimination

Age discrimination is against the law. It is defined by the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board as when you have been treated unfairly because of your age or because you are the relative, friend or colleague of someone of a particular age”.

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New hope for the system, but…

Unions and educators have deliberately been excluded from skills policy decision making, but this looks set to change, based on announcements from federal Labor.

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Statement from the Heart to our children

The campaign for a constitutionally enshrined Voice is the most important campaign in our lifetimes.

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Interim approval to teach long term implications

In 2019, the Department of Education changed the processes for gaining approval to teach in NSW public schools in a misguided attempt to address teacher supply issues.

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Support for newly arrived EAL/D students and their teachers

Newly arrived students will often require initial intensive English language support, and ongoing English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) support but this can’t be the only focus of schools upon their enrolment.

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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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All the way to the ballot box

Members were out in force on 12 October as part of a Day of Action protesting the Perrottet Government’s imposition of a real wage cut and failure to act on workload.

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Health and wellbeing are important in the workplace

Federation has a long history of activism in the work health and safety space, to the point where today we have an increasing number of schools with elected Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and active Work Health and Safety committees.

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We aren’t giving up and we aren’t going away

As part of our campaign, Fed Reps in recent weeks have been sending emails to their local MPs about the teacher shortages and the debilitating impacts they are having in schools.

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New hope for public VET system Australia wide

There was a renewed feeling of optimism at the National TAFE Council Annual General Meeting in Melbourne this year as delegates reflected on changes to TAFE funding policy under a newly elected Federal Government.

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EAL/D students deserve better from government

If the Department of Education is committed to its Multicultural Education Policy, it must act to fill outstanding English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) teacher vacancies, create additional permanent positions to address the rising numbers of EAL/D and refugee students

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Maternity leave in schools

People often use the term maternity leave” to refer to a range of rights and entitlements related to pregnancy. However, those entitlements can vary depending on the nature of employment.

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Teaching Aboriginal languages

Aboriginal languages can be taught in schools under the policy direction of the Department’s Aboriginal Education Policy and its Partnership Agreement 2020–2030 with the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG)

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Reform funding on need

The proportion of students with higher needs in NSW public schools has grown significantly. In 2002, one in 25 students had a disability; now one in five students in metropolitan schools and more than one in three in remote schools are receiving an adjustment to their support due to disability.

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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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You’re called to a meeting: FAQs

What are my rights when I am called to a meeting?

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Facta Non Verba

Indulge me for a moment as I meander down memory lane. My life-long commitment to social justice and the transformative power of public education was forged in the classrooms of Punchbowl Boys High School where a bunch of inspiring teachers taught me many decades ago.

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When you fail teachers, you fail children

We are in serious danger of burning out a generation of teachers, lost through overwork and disenchantment with the way their focus is constantly taken from their students to a mind-numbing amount of administration and compliance work. They also see a government in denial, unwilling to stand up for the profession or address the root causes of the shortages: the uncompetitive salaries and crippling workloads that are turning people away from teaching.

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Governments yet to take action

The recommendations from a landmark report on Australia’s First Nations women and girls from 2020 have yet to be realised.

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