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EAL/D support is falling short

English Language Provision is an important component of school planning and the allocation of specialist EAL/D teachers should be a priority if schools are to support the educational needs of their EAL/D students.

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High levels of responsibility and accountability not matched with support

Schools have buckets of money instead of teachers to meet needs under the Local Schools, Local Decisions model, Federation Senior Vice President Amber Flohm told the work value inquiry on 26 October.

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Help ensure children get the support they need

Support the call to ensure children and families seeking asylum have access to a social safety net during the COVID-19 pandemic this week — National Child Protection Week — by participating in the refugee rights movement’s No Child Left Behind’s National Week of Solidarity events.

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Win as IECs to be put in hibernation

With the closure of the world’s borders and a halt to Australia’s immigration and humanitarian intake programs, intensive English centres (IECs) face uncertainty over enrolment numbers and the resulting reduction in specialist staffing.

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Program helps schools SOAR above racism

The results of a pilot program to mitigate racism in schools found it gave students the confidence and knowledge to intervene to address racist behaviour.

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Effects of pandemic hit refugee students most

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every country around the world.

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Young People from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds with Disabilities

What are the main issues and concerns raised by young CALD people living with a disability?

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Plenty of interesting resources available to mark Refugee Week 2020

Federation continues to be a proud sponsor of the Refugee Council of Australia’s Refugee Week, 14–23 June.

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Federation wins special considerations for IEC staff and students

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives, testing us like nothing ever before.

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Governments must improve COVID-19 communications to CALD communities

Federation has joined with several community groups appealing for governments to effectively report COVID-19 directives to people with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

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Join Palm Sunday online action for solidarity with refugees

Spare a thought for refugees in detention where crowded conditions make it difficult to practise social distancing and reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, says Federation Multicultural Officer/Organiser Mandy Wells.

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Harmony Day an opportunity to promote anti-racism

​Harmony Day is a time when school communities can unite and promote inclusion.

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Racism is a virus – there’s an antidote

As a union of educators, all Federation members have the responsibility to organise, oppose, act and educate against racism in all its forms.

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Federation breaks staffing cap and secures additional EALD positions

​Federation is proud to report that the arbitrary staffing cap, initially set in 1983, has been broken.

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Power of the collective delivers IEC win

Member action at the local level and Federation’s representations to the Department will see a new Intensive English Centre (IEC) established in the northern NSW town of Armidale from the commencement of the 2020 school year.

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Multicultural matters

​For many people facing violence and oppression in their homelands, fleeing to another country in search of refuge is their only hope for keeping themselves and their families alive.

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Multicultural Matters

On 22 May, more than 80 teachers from across the 14 Sydney and regional Intensive English Centres (IECs) came together to discuss matters affecting teachers in IECs and the broader multicultural education area.

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Multicultural Matters

Federation members are demanding 200 extra qualified, full-time equivalent permanent English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) teachers in the 2020 staffing entitlement, to adequately match the needs of EAL/D students across the state.

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Multicultural matters

EAL/D provision, Intensive English Centres and Adult Migrant English Program

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Additional permanent EAL/D teachers to meet student need is long overdue

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.

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Share a meal this Refugee Week

Federation continues to be a proud sponsor of the Refugee Council of Australia’s Refugee Week. This year’s theme, “A World of Stories”, will be marked by schools and TAFE colleges across NSW from Monday 17 June to Saturday 23 June.

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