Sam Lewis Peace Prize goes to Mt Colah student Win a Grand Prize of $500 or other prizes from a $4000 pool by entering this year’s Sam Lewis Peace and Environment Awards, open to students in NSW public schools and post-school educational sites
Posted: 17 April 2018
Implementation of the new Performance and Development Framework for Principals, Executives and Teachers in NSW Public Schools is proceeding around the state. Directors, Public Schools and Federation Organisers are co-presenting the training package to Principals and Federation Representatives in workshops for local networks of schools. Principals and Federation Representatives will then do the same for colleagues in their workplaces.
Posted: 9 February 2018
Three of the four education targets of the Closing the Gap Strategy will most likely not be met when the 10th annual report on the initiative is released in Canberra on Monday, the media is reporting.
Posted: 5 February 2018
The Turnbull Government has again failed to commit to long-term funding for preschools after it announced it will extend funding for the sector only up to the end of 2019. NSW Teachers Federation strongly supports the calls of the Australian Education Union (AEU) for the Turnbull Government to guarantee long-term funding certainty – instead of just a year-by-year commitment – for such a vital part of a child’s development and education.
Posted: 2 February 2018
Due to some significant electrical work taking place on Saturday 3 February at Federation’s head office, members will not be able to log in to the members area of Federation’s website or the Fed Reps online portal. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Posted: 1 February 2018
The NSW Teachers Federation joins the Australian Education Union’s call for school funding to be allocated to address educational inequality. The renewed call comes in response to Productivity Commission data released today that shows government funding for private schools growing at a 60 per cent higher rate than funding for public schools.
Posted: 1 February 2018
NSW has such an outstanding public education system due to the dedication and commitment of our teachers, Federation Maurie Mulheron says in a video that welcomes teachers back for the 2018 school year.
Posted: 31 January 2018
Inadequate cooling and heating in NSW public schools reflects decades of lack of investment in school infrastructure, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. Many teachers and students face the prospect of teaching and learning in extremely hot classrooms in the coming weeks. In winter, many teachers and students will work in uncomfortably cold classroom settings.
Posted: 30 January 2018
The Education Council has taken robo-marking of NAPLAN essays off the agenda but Federation President Maurie Mulheron urged teachers to be “alert” as edu-businesses would not easily give up on the idea. The Chair of the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Education Council, South Australian Education Minister Susan Close, released a statement last Thursday announcing that automated essay scoring would not be used in forthcoming NAPLAN tests.
Posted: 25 January 2018
Federation stands in solidarity with RTBU members taking industrial action on 25 and 29 January, and wishes them a quick and harmonious resolution to their current negotiations. In preparation for the rail stoppage on 29 January, Federation has made arrangements for a skeleton staff to be on duty, ensuring that most regular services will still be operating for our members. Reduced staffing may result in extended delays in responding to phone calls or emails, and we ask for members’ understanding and patience.
Posted: 19 December 2017
The NSW Teachers Federation (NSWTF) is looking forward to supporting the 40th Anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) celebrations in 2018. Federation has been advised by Mardi Gras that due to a float dropping out of the parade, Mardi Gras has been able to offer NSWTF the opportunity to resubmit an application to participate due to being at the top of their reserve list.
Posted: 14 December 2017
Federation congratulates schools, teachers and students in the state’s public schools for their outstanding performance in this year’s HSC results. Public education students dominate the “First in Course” list in the NSW HSC, with 73 of the 129 courses topped by students attending public schools. Federation President Maurie Mulheron said the excellent results proved the immense potential within the public system and vindicated Federation’s campaign to ensure public schools are equipped for the future.
Posted: 12 December 2017
From the Sydney Opera House to bomb shelters in the Middle East and now Teachers Federation House in Surry Hills, multi-faceted artist SONiA will perform a special concert for Federation to celebrate the passage through Parliament of the marriage equality legislation.
Posted: 12 December 2017
The NSW Teachers Federation has rejected today’s claims by Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham that the Turnbull Government is increasing school funding in Bennelong. In fact Mr Birmingham is making savage cuts to education funding. Cuts which are supported by Liberal candidate John Alexander. The facts are disclosed on the Federal Education Department’s website for all to see.
Posted: 11 December 2017
New figures obtained by the Australian Education Union under Freedom of Information confirm the Turnbull Government’s schools funding model, the so-called Gonski 2.0, will leave public schools significantly under-funded in 2018 and beyond. The government figures show that by 2027, the overwhelming majority of public schools will not yet have reached the minimum Schooling Resource Standard, with students with disabilities hit hardest by the public school funding cuts.
Posted: 8 December 2017
NESA has announced a review of the process to develop NSW Syllabuses. The Consultation process consists of an online survey which may be completed on the NESA Website. The Federation encourages members to complete the survey online.
Posted: 6 December 2017
Mr Neale Dawson, Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of one (1) City Organiser of the Australian Education Union NSW Teachers Federation for 2015-2018. The City Organiser will be appointed for the remainder of the triennium ending on 4 February 2019. Nominations Nominations are hereby invited for the following position: • City Organiser (1 to be elected)
Posted: 5 December 2017
Our public schools are an important cornerstone for the progressive realisation that enables people with disability to be active contributors to society. Earlier this week, on 3 December, marked United Nations’ International Day of People with Disability. Each year the UN announces a theme for the day, which gives focus to inclusion in society and direction to the work of eliminating barriers faced by people with disability.
Posted: 25 November 2017
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) Nominations, which must be in writing and comply with the registered rules of the organisation, may be made at any time from Saturday 25 November 2017. They must reach me via the lodgement methods stipulated below not later than 12 Noon (AEDT) on Wednesday 7 February 2018.
Posted: 24 November 2017
The Australian Education Union are recommending that initial teacher training be transitioned to a two-year postgraduate qualification, such as an undergraduate degree combined w
Posted: 16 November 2017
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. The advertisement indicated a variation to the usual staffing procedures for principals, which will be implemented as a trial. Federation has given in-principle support to these changes, pending the outcome of ongoing meetings with the Department to finalise details.
Posted: 15 November 2017
Teachers across NSW welcomed the news of a 61.6% YES vote in the marriage equality survey, confirming the long-held majority opinion that Australians support marriage equality. In acknowledging the result, General Secretary John Dixon said, “Love is Love. The vote vindicated those who argued that the Parliament should have legislated in favour long ago.”
Posted: 7 November 2017
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. We will work with the department to support teachers and the community during this difficult time.
Posted: 6 November 2017
Nominations are called for the following offices:
Election setback strengthens resolve to keep fighting
By Maurie Mulheron, President NSW Teachers Federation