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Council Report: 5 May 2018

Key issues discussed at May Council included Federation’s response to “Gonski 2.0”, the preliminary findings arising from the Understanding the work of schools survey, the push for a new NAPLAN, protecting and enhancing staffing entitlements and initial teacher education.

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News from the Retired Teachers Association

The Combined Retired Union Members Association is seeking clarification from Unions NSW about the State Government’s decision to penalise union officials and unions for engaging in industrial action.

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Huge win for Victoria’s TAFE teachers

​This month’s Victorian Budget announcement will increase public sector wages 11.2 per cent by 30 June next year.

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Minister Birmingham comments about basket weaving TAFE course causes social media storm

Simon Birmingham’s attempt to be smugly dismissive of Labor’s budget-reply commitment to TAFE funding have set off a social media storm, with thousands of TAFE graduates showing their support for TAFE and the positive effect their qualifications had on their lives and careers.

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May 17: Become an LGBTIQ rights ally

​Many people around Australia and the world are marking May 17 with acts of recognition and action that highlight the plight of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, other sexuality or gender identity (LGBTIQ).

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Campaign method keeps local issues from spiralling

Federation’s Delegates Conference offered a workshop that focused on organising around local issues and problems to develop the skills, strengths and capabilities of our on-the-ground activists.

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Your say: From little things, a union will grow

This year I made the move to Timor-Leste to work in one of the several remote districts. My school has about 600 students from kindergarten to year 12 and I teach the national English curriculum. English, along with Tetun, Portuguese, and Bahasa Indonesian are mandatory subjects in high school. Portuguese and Tetun are taught from primary school.

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Improvements won for Hospitality teachers and Career Advisers

Federation has won important gains to relieve workload for hospitality teachers and clarify the classroom teaching requirements of career advisers.

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Association Spotlight: Camden-Campbelltown

Our Association is home to the Tharawal people, bordered by the Gandangara to the south and Muringong to the north of the Nepean River.

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Governments must step up on funding school infrastructure

Over the next 10 to 12 years public school enrolments will grow by 23 per cent, demanding a major commitment to expenditure on school infrastructure and a thoroughly informed and well-planned program of public works.

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RBG Documentary Review

RBG outlines the history US Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Born to Russian Jewish immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York, Bader Ginsburg faced enormous sexism studying law at Cornell, Harvard and Columbia and later trying to gain employment in the law.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k – Review

Mark Manson has probably confused people, some may have even walked away from this book, by the use of his F-Bomb in the title.

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Union recognised for support of Stewart House

​Federation was presented with a silver award at Stewart House’s annual awards presentation, for corporate sponsorship of the charity.

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Parent leaders primed for campaign

​New research has shown teachers and principals are ideally placed to drive the campaign for fair funding for public schools.

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TAFE bound by outdated training packages

TAFE should be approved to develop local qualifications outside the present restrictive training package regime, according to renowned academic and former TAFE teacher Professor Leesa Wheelahan.

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Budget puts big business ahead of education

​Federation welcomes Labor’s commitment to restore, in full, the $17 billion cut from schools by the Turnbull Government.

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Book Reviews

This edition of book reviews includes The Tree by Neal Layton, The Pobblebonk Earth Detective Club, Going Wild by Sue Baker and The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

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Damaging policy cuts schools’ support

​It is critical that Federation members and public school communities remain committed to holding governments to meeting the minimum resource standard, as detailed in the Fair Funding Now campaign, so schools can adequately address the learning needs of all students.

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President dashes minister’s attack

​Teachers, as a grouping, generally like to follow the rules. They like to know the boundaries, they like their students to follow the rules (sometimes with more or less success) but if the rules are wrong they have a duty, a professional obligation, to speak out — sometimes as individuals, sometimes as a collective voice. The collective is always more powerful.

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Labor budget response commits to restoring funding to public schools and TAFE

The NSW Teachers Federation welcomes Labor’s commitment to restore in full the $17 billion cut from schools by the Turnbull Government.

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Seminar addresses inclusion of diverse families

With the recent legal recognition of same-sex marriages in Australia, being inclusive of LGBTIQ people and their families is an important topic. Consequently, Federation recently teamed with the Gayby Baby Project to develop a seminar for teachers to consider how to welcome all types of families into school settings, including LGBTIQ families.

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