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Supporting teachers for equity

There are significant gains yet to be achieved for our students with disability. Progress toward equity is a must and

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Action manual for school reviews

Federation is pursuing member concerns regarding School Development Reviews and External Validation. Both of these procedures arise from the School Excellence Policy.

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TAFE teacher rises to top

With the help of Federation, TAFE Baking Trades teacher Dean Tilden is off to Paris next year for the world cup of all things pastry, The Masters de la Boulangerie.

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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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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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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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Podcast takes student assessment up a level

Changing your approach to assessment may help you become a more effective teacher and make your life easier.

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TAFE campaign alive and well

TAFE student funding was a critical issue in the federal by-election for the seat of Bennelong. On Friday, 24 November, a rally bringing together TAFE students, teachers and community supporters was held at Meadowbank TAFE, one of two TAFE colleges in the electorate along with the Ryde campus.

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TAFE Enterprise Agreement Joint Communique

TAFE Enterprise Agreement Joint Communique

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Election Notice – Executive

Nominations are called for the following offices: Branch Vice Presidents (4), Branch Custodians (2), Representative of members on the ATSI Members’ Roll (1), Association Representatives (8)

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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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Vouchers won’t fix the TAFE system

Jennifer Westacott and the Business Council of Australia’s proposals for Education and Skills released at the National Press Club today are another disappointing suggestion that fails to recognise the very real issues facing vocational education in this country.

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International Day of the Girl Child

Wednesday 11 October is the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child

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National Close the Gap Day

March 16 marks National Close the Gap Day, held to share information and take action in support of achieving Indigenous health equality by 2030. Last month, The Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s Report 2017, gave a progress report about Closing the Gap targets on Indigenous health, employment and education.

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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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