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Association works towards wider participation

As the first term of the 2018 school year came to an end, teachers from the St Marys-Mt Druitt Association gathered for an afternoon of barefoot bowls and pizza.

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Turnbull’s Budget fails our children

The federal Budget has failed to deliver fair funding for public schools, with the Turnbull Government yet again prioritising big business over our children and their future.

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Unions recognise TAFE as best provider

TAFE has strong support within the union movement as the preferred provider of vocational education. Trades unions appreciate the breadth of education provided by TAFE, including industrial issues encountered in the workplace and the fact that TAFE provides opportunities for apprentices to learn about and join their union.

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Good assessment design outlined by world-leader in writing assessment

​Among the essential elements to designing an effective new assessment to replace NAPLAN were factors that would not only enhance student learning but also teachers’ professional learning, respected education academic Dr Les Perelman said in a lecture on Friday night.

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AEU NSWTF Branch Financial Report 2017

The financial statements of the NSW Teachers Federation for the year ending 31 December 2017 have been audited in accordance with the provisions of Section 257 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009.

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Let teachers teach — Call to reduce paperwork

​Federation is seeking a meeting with NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes to call for a review of administrative and paperwork requirements, plus more direct support from the Department to schools in relation to student learning needs.

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Voices opposing NAPLAN mount

The call for reform of NAPLAN is growing, as criticism of the tests and reporting of results comes under increasing scrutiny.

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Fairness sacrificed, says Shadow Education Minister

The Turnbull Government has sacrificed fairness for consistency, federal Shadow Education Minister Tanya Plibersek told Federation’s May Council meeting on Saturday.

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Story of our union banner

​There are interesting narratives associated with every aspect of Federation’s centenary marching banner, unveiled at the May Day Toast, held at Federation’s Surry Hills headquarters on 1 May.

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Latest Gonski review highlights need to fund its reforms

​Significant resources are needed to fund the recommendations in David Gonski’s latest report on education, yet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has cut $1.9 billion from public schools over the next two years.

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ABC Friends in need of teachers

Lobby group ABC Friends has urged teachers to join the fight to defend the national broadcaster from funding cuts and a conservative political agenda, including the assault by the Murdoch press.

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Minister commits to permanent teachers in TAFE

The Minister for TAFE Adam Marshall has listened to TAFE teachers and committed to recruit permanent teachers to TAFE NSW.

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Teachers send strong message to COAG

​State and federal ministers in Adelaide for a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting have been presented with a letter signed by 5900 teachers, principals, support staff and parents calling for fair funding of public schools.

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Leave win for surrogacy and out-of-home care

After lengthy negotiations led by Federation and other public sector unions, and amid delays by NSW Treasury, teachers can finally access leave for surrogacy and permanent out-of-home care.

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NAPLAN fosters bad writing: expert

World-leading figure in writing assessment Dr Les Perelman is suggesting a new approach for the NAPLAN major writing task.

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It’s time for a new NAPLAN

A major report released today has revealed Australia’s NAPLAN testing regime is failing the nation’s students and is quite possibly contributing to declining performance standards across the nation.

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Training course seeks to engage wider community

​As a part of the Fair Funding Now campaign, Federation has conducted six targeted campaign training days involving Federation Representatives, parents and principals in the key electorates of Banks, Gilmore, Page and Robertson.

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Your say: Let’s not forget our shared history

Bruce Pascoe’s remarkable 2014 account of how Aboriginal Australia, upon first contact, had a sedentary agricultural economy, even in what is now referred to as the “dead centre” of the country, is a lesson in how non-Aboriginal Australians have forgotten our shared history.

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Startling figures support funding campaign

​A national report that shows the declining performance of our most disadvantaged school students will cost the country at least $120 billion in coming decades, reinforced Federation’s campaign for fairer public school funding, President Maurie Mulheron said.

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Public outrage at bus privatisation

The privatisation of public services is an issue close to the hearts of public school teachers.

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Book Reviews

This editions book reviews include: Ambulance Ambulance! Macbeth, Game of Mates: How Favours Bleed the Nation

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