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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – Harmony Day

The 21st March takes its rise from the Sharpeville massacre that took place during Apartheid South Africa which occurred on this date in 1960. This saw a military response to a civil rights movement and since that date has been acknowledged as the day that freedom from racial discrimination is maintained as a human right.

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​The importance of a collective voice in education is not only vital for teachers but also students, says Port Macquarie teacher Amy Harland.

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Federation’s Stop TAFE Cuts campaign continues

Federation’s Stop TAFE Cuts campaign continued with protests at Padstow and Wyong TAFE. TAFE teachers and community members met with state Opposition Leader Luke Foley at Padstow on the first stop of Labor’s “Schools and Hospitals before Stadiums” campaign.

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All About Women, Sydney Opera House on March 4, 2018

​The Sydney Opera House’s annual talks and ideas festival “All About Women” is timed to coincide with events in the lead up to International Women’s Day. The 2018 program, Curated by Edwina Throsby (formerly the TEDxSydney Head of Curation and founder and producer of ABC’s Big Ideas) offered talks and discussions, live podcasts and group lessons exploring the ability of food to bring like-minded people together.

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2018 Principals’ Conference

Federation’s 2018 Principals’ Conference aimed to help Principals understand and navigate the changing nature of work in schools. In an opening address, President Maurie Mulheron singled out the Department’s Local Schools, Local Decision policy as the primary driver of increased workload in schools.

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March for International Women’s Day – Sydney CBD

Join with fellow teachers in the Sydney CBD on Saturday 10 March for an International Women’s Day March.

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Resourcing brings results; calls for review of NAPLAN

Improvements in student outcomes are due to additional resourcing won in the Gonski campaign, not because of NAPLAN testing.

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Market-goers share TAFE success stories, fear consequences of funding cuts

Terrific stories about how TAFE can change people’s lives were revealed by locals at the Riverside Markets in Kempsey on Saturday, Federation TAFE Organiser Adam Curlis said.

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Guns don’t belong in schools

Gun violence in schools was raised at the Australian Education Union’s annual federal conference, held recently in Melbourne.

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Council Report

Council report: 17 February 2018

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TAFE failed by smart move

The NSW Government’s vocational education policy, Smart and Skilled, continues to fail our communities, TAFE students, teachers and support staff.

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The Tide is Turning

This year is the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy, known simply as NAPLAN. And it’s time to be frank.

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History Lesson: Teaching in the early days

The earliest teachers in what is now the state of NSW were Aboriginal men and
women. They taught life skills and tribal awareness via ceremony, dance, lore, oral
storytelling and art.

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Letters

Letters include: Spoiled by choice, Question of quality and Workers strike out .

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Funding cut set to bite

This was to be the year of a significant school funding uplift, intended to bring hundreds of NSW public schools closer to the minimum Schooling Resource Standard (SRS).

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Shoring up support for our Beginning Teachers

With the start of the new school year, Federation has received a number of inquiries about the use of beginning teacher support funds in schools.

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Policy core threat to public schools

​In the lead up to the March 2019 NSW election, Federation will continue to expose the Department’s Local Schools, Local Decisions policy as the single greatest threat to teacher permanency and high-quality, high-equity public schooling for all students.

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Policy gap widening

This year is the 10th since millions of Australians mourned, wept, celebrated and embraced loved ones on the day then-prime minister Kevin Rudd delivered the National Apology to the First Peoples and to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children forcibly removed from their family and community.

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Tree Levy grants schools green space

The Tree Levy is an annual grants scheme funded by Federation that aims to offset the environmental impact of the union’s activities via a notional levy on the paper used by the union.

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Retired Teachers Association news

This year marks the 100th birthday of Federation and will be an important time for everyone who supports public education and trade unionism.

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Your workplace contacts

Teaching in a small country community comes with its challenges but mainly rewards for Donna McLaughlan, Fed Rep at Canowindra Public School.

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