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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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Stay strong, AEU presidents tell education ministers

Federation President Maurie Mulheron has joined with other teacher union leaders to call on state education ministers to stand strong in voicing their concerns about the plan

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New Gonski Review panel hamstrung by narrow Government brief

We will not close the gap in education achievement by cutting funding to schools and then conducting another review that looks at only one part of the issues, Australian Education Union President Correna Haythorpe says. The Turnbull Government’s decision to restrict the panel leading the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools to only examining strategies to improve educational outcomes demonstrates it is not interested in levelling the playing field and properly funding public schools, Ms Haythorpe says in a media release.

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Teachers now able to apply for more pay

After a long wait, teachers can once again submit applications to have prior eligible service recognised for salary purposes. For some teachers, this process will need to be completed by November this year so they can qualify for a review. Have you ever:

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How business is taking over our schools

Education technology companies are benefitting financially from developing standards and data infrastructure in schools, according to the Commercialisation in Public Schooling study, launched on day three of Federation Annual Conference. Teachers and school leaders are concerned about this increasing ‘creep’ of commercialism into public schooling, a university survey conducted as part of CIPS shows.

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Inquiry to investigate consequences of devolutionary policies on public education

Federation will fund an independent inquiry into devolutionary policies, President Maurie Mulheron announced on the third day of Annual Conference.

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Extra demands mean less time for classroom preparation, teachers warn

Teachers have plenty of ideas about how their work could be better structured so that they could be given more time to devote to teaching and learning, a new survey commissioned by Federation reveals.

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Federation to mount schools funding campaign for next federal poll

In the wake of Turnbull Government legislation that cuts public education funding, Federation has resolved to mount a major campaign on schools funding issue for the next federal election.

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Teachers want reduced face-to-face teaching to support quality teaching and learning

​Teachers’ professional judgement would be the focus of a new campaign, in response to issues of work overload, Senior Vice President Joan Lemaire told Annual Conference.

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Seven honoured as new Life Members

Seven teachers with an outstanding record of union activism have been inducted as Federation Life Members. This morning, on day one of the 2017 Annual Conference, held at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour, Life Membership was bestowed on:

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Student need sacrificed over tax policy, Annual Conference hears

Frustrations over the disappearing support for teaching and learning in schools and the extraordinary obsession with data featured in Federation President Maurie Mulheron’s keynote address on the opening day of Annual Conference. Mr Mulheron said education was a casualty in the war against public provision, a consequence of 30 years of neoliberal economic orthodoxy.

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Annual Conference set to tackle big issues in education

A range of important issues for educators such as teacher workload, affordable housing, the Gonski schools funding campaign and the future of assessment and testing are to be tackled at this year’s Federation Annual Conference. The event will be held July 2-4 at the new International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

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Schools Funding Campaign Update

In the early hours of Friday morning, the Turnbull Government pushed through its schools funding legislation. This new funding scheme will have very serious ramifications for all teachers and students in our public schools. KEY POINTS: No longer a sector blind, needs-based model

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Response to state budget

State budget builds new schools, cuts support and caps salaries Whilst providing increased investment in capital works and maintenance for public schools, the NSW budget fails to adequately and fairly support the teachers responsible for delivering public education by cutting support staff in head office and maintaining the salary cap, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. Capital works and maintenance spending For decades, NSW public schools have experienced shortfalls in capital works and maintenance funding.

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Turnbull and crossbench Senators to answer to electorate over education cuts

The Australian Education Union said schools across the country will miss out on billions of urgently needed funding in the next two years if the Turnbull Government’s plan passes through the Senate as predicted tomorrow. AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said that despite the political spin, the Government’s plan was not a national needs-based funding model and will leave public schools across the country under-resourced for six years or more.

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Teachers vote overwhelmingly to accept pay offer from NSW Government

Teachers vote overwhelmingly to accept pay offer from NSW Government

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