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Changes to leave on the way

By June 2018, the Department intends that all schools in NSW will have rolled over to the new SAP HR payroll system.

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Steady progress made for permanent employment

The NSW Department of Education is making positive progress in complying with the Terms of Settlement achieved through the Federation’s pursuit of permanent employment for members in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).

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Education heads up campaign issues

There was large public support for candidates’ promises to reintroduce the needs-based schools funding model at a public forum during the New England by-election.

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Take part in vital new research on workload

All school-based members are urged to respond to a statewide survey on teachers work, to be distributed next February.

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Maths multiplied by Woo, to the factor of Spencer, divided over one day = Fun.

Maths multiplied by Woo, to the factor of Spencer, divided over one day = Fun.

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AEU calls for higher standards in teacher education

The Australian Education Union are recommending that initial teacher training be transitioned to a two-year postgraduate qualification, such as an undergraduate degree combined with a two-year teaching masters, after a survey of members showed that many teachers believed their education could have been more effective.

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Central assessment process for selection of 35 principals in NSW public schools

Recently the NSW Department of Education advertised 35 principal positions that were all made available at one time due to the recruitment of principals for the new Director, Educational Leadership (DEL) positions.

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Condolences and support to the Banksia Road PS community

Federation is shocked and saddened by the tragic incident at Banksia Road Public School today. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the families, teachers, classmates and community members affected by this event.

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‘Productivity’ measures a serious risk to teacher training

The Australian Education Union has sounded a strong warning on potential Productivity Commission recommendations that could risk further undermining quality teaching by reducing the training required before teachers enter the classroom.

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NSW Govt figures expose Federal funding failure

Today’s schools funding announcement by the NSW government confirms the $138 million dollar cut caused by the Turnbull government abandoning the Gonski funding model, said Federation President, Maurie Mulheron.

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Federation joins call for rigorous review of Leading Learning 4 All resource

Prominent disability advocates, academics and organisations have penned an open letter to federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham regarding significant concerns about the Leading Learning 4 All (LL4All) resource, funded by the Commonwealth government and launched early this year.

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Protect Kids from Robots and Canberra Bureaucrats

The Federal agency in charge of NAPLAN is rushing through with plans to have robots mark next year’s NAPLAN tests despite their justifications being discredited by world-leading research. Parents, teachers and principals have not been consulted about these radical plans and students have not been prepared for such a dramatic shift. NAPLAN has been a high-stakes and controversial test and this latest development will further bewilder youngsters who are subject to such testing.

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OECD report

The latest OECD Education at a Glance 2017 report shows the Turnbull Government is spending less than the OECD average on public education, posing serious challenges for the low-growth trajectory of the Government’s schools funding plan, the Australian Education Union said. “With the report showing Australian Government spending at 3.9 per cent of GDP being less than the OECD average, there is no doubt that our schools are under-resourced,” Federal President of the AEU Correna Haythorpe said.

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Federation calls for schools funding submission time-frame to be extended

NSW Teachers Federation has called on state and territory education ministers to roundly reject the four-week timeframe for submissions to the Gonski 2.0 review panel announced today by Education Minister Simon Birmingham. State and territory ministers will be gathering for the Australian Education Council meeting in Adelaide this Friday.

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Schools need full, systemic support from the Department and the NSW Government

The news announced today of a NSW Government plan to put up $50 million to fund so-called Business Managers in schools is an acknowledgement that the policy called ‘Local Schools, Local Decisions’ has resulted in the loss of hundreds of administrative and support positions and created an unnecessary burden on schools, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said earlier today.

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AEU calls for end to NAPLAN online

The Australian Education Union has called on state and territory governments to abandon the rollout of NAPLAN online as the new system would place many students and schools across the country at severe disadvantage. Federal President of the AEU Correna Haythorpe has requested urgent discussions with the respective Departments after concerns raised by teachers and principals about unequal access to computer technology for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

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Turnbull Government must stop pouring taxpayer funds into expensive, failing Teach For Australia program

The federal government should stop wasting taxpayer money funding the Teach for Australia Program, the Australian Education Union urged today. A new report released today reveals that over half its participants have left the profession within three years of becoming qualified teachers.

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Campaign to replace NAPLAN announced

Federation is campaigning to replace the NAPLAN approach to assessment and testing.

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Teachers advised not to sign NAPLAN confidentiality agreements

It has been reported to the Federation that members are being asked to sign a confidentiality agreement in relation to the administration of NAPLAN Online and being told they cannot retain a copy.

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Focus on student needs to lift success at school not NAPLAN results

Attention needs to be focused on ensuring all schools are receiving the funding they need to deliver for students’ outcomes, not today’s NAPLAN results, Australian Education Federal President Correna Haythorpe said in a media release today. “Lifting student outcomes does not mean simply lifting NAPLAN results,” she said. “NAPLAN is just one test, a snapshot, and on its own provides a narrow and incomplete picture of a student’s education and does not take into account the high quality, broad curriculum and learning experience that schools provide.

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Teachers’ incredible work recognised at Education Week launch

The achievements of public education and local schools were put in the spotlight at the launch of Education Week earlier today. The high quality of teaching and learning being undertaken across the NSW public education system was showcased in the keynote address, given by two students and a teacher.

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