News

Posted: 24 March 2016
Federation welcomes the introduction of a bill in NSW parliament to guarantee TAFE at least 70 per cent of VET funding and urges Bill Shorten’s federal Labor party to adopt policy that will cap funding for private VET providers. NSW ALP leader Luke Foley on Wednesday introduced the Technical and Further Education Amendment (TAFE Funding Guarantee) Bill 2016 to “ensure the future health of TAFE in NSW”.
Posted: 23 March 2016
A new report shows that drifting school enrolments are segregating students into advantaged and disadvantaged schools, putting Australia at risk of a two-tier education system. The report, by the Centre for Policy Development, shows that families are moving to enrol their children in schools with perceived high NAPLAN results reported on the MySchool website, which is resulting in concentrations of disadvantage in already-disadvantaged public schools.
Posted: 22 March 2016
Denis Fitzgerald, Federation Vice President, has indicated the Union’s plans to mount a very significant campaign against the announced review of BOSTES governance in a recent article in The Educator. The article outlines Federations opposition to the proposed review, and concerns over the risk to the quality of curriculum and assessment it represents.
Posted: 22 March 2016
NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron has renewed calls for the Australian government to fully fund the Gonski needs-based funding model. This call comes in the wake of recent analysis of NAPLAN results conducted by the Grattan Institute which shows that by year 9 students attending poorer schools were falling as much as two years behind their counterparts in wealthier schools.
Posted: 21 March 2016
The federal government’s announcement of plans to restrict the content and operation of the Safe Schools program has dismayed teachers, LGBTIQ advocates and allies.
Posted: 20 March 2016
    Advocates for the needs-based Gonski school funding model took the campaign to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's electorate today, as part of the AEU’s National Gonski Doorknock Day.
Posted: 17 March 2016
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has described Gonski funding given to some schools as “excessive” and tried to disavow federal government responsibility for school funding in an address to a conference of the Independent Schools Council of Australia in Canberra.
Posted: 17 March 2016
Welcome Refugees 1pm Sunday 20 March, Belmore Park Federation is a proud sponsor of this year’s Palm Sunday Welcome Refugee Rally. We encourage all our members, who are able, to march under the banner of Unions for Refugees. We will meet at the Belmore Park Rotunda from 1230pm. The rally will march to Victoria Park.
Posted: 16 March 2016
Federation members and friends joined the rally and march in support of the Safe Schools program that was held in Sydney on March 12. Beginning with a rally outside of Sydney Town Hall, the gathered supporters heard from LGBTIQ activists including student activists from high schools and universities, and from Greens candidate for Wentworth Dejay Toborek.
Posted: 15 March 2016
The school counsellor dispute is due back in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) on March 24. Federation is arguing that the Department's decision to recruit "school psychologists" into school counsellor positions breaches the award.
Posted: 15 March 2016
Teachers were among those who called for an end to violence against women as part of the Sydney International Women’s Day rally and march on March 12. The rally called for:
Posted: 15 March 2016
Nominations are called for one (1) New South Wales Teachers Federation (NSWTF) Branch Councillor from the Grouped Associations of Macintyre Moree and Mungindi Teachers Associations. Nominations for the above offices open on Tuesday 15 March, 2016. Please do not send nominations until on or after this date.
Posted: 15 March 2016
Nominations are called for five (5) New South Wales Teachers Federation (NSWTF) Branch Councillors from the TAFE Teachers Association. Nominations for the above offices open on Tuesday 15 March, 2016. Please do not send nominations until on or after this date.
Posted: 11 March 2016
On Saturday, March 5, members and friends of Federation marched in the 2016 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. After years of involvement with the Mardi Gras, this was our second-ever float and this year’s theme was ‘Public Education: creating a brighter future for all’ with a special focus on the importance of inclusive schools. Check out the gallery below to see some of the many highlights from the night!
Posted: 10 March 2016
A NSW Government review into BOSTES and the legal foundations of curriculum in NSW is an ill-considered move that sadly smacks of cost-cutting, NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today. “The Government has placed in jeopardy the quality of NSW education across all sectors.” See Federation’s media release here.
Posted: 9 March 2016
ACARA's list of high-gain NAPLAN results in NSW contains many schools that teach disadvantaged students and that are receiving extra funding through the Gonski reforms, Australian Education Union Federal President Correna Haythorpe says. The NSW schools on ACARA's list, released today, have delivered significant improvements in NAPLAN results between 2013 and 2015 — Gonski funding started to flow in 2014.
Posted: 9 March 2016
Educators from across Australia have voiced their support for the Safe Schools Coalition Australia program, as a review is conducted into the program. More than 360 academics from across Australia have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expressing their support and backing for Safe Schools Coalition Australia.
Posted: 8 March 2016
International Women's Day is being marked in Australia today with a focus on stopping violence against women and girls. Research from the 2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey and Australian Institute of Criminology research found that since the age of 15:
Posted: 7 March 2016
Nominations are called for one (1) New South Wales Teachers Federation (NSWTF) Branch Councillor from the Aboriginal Members Roll. Nominations for the above offices open on Monday 7 March, 2016. Please do not send nominations until on or after this date.
Posted: 6 March 2016
The Australian Education Union is continuing to argue for full Gonski funding, withthe launch of a $2 million advertising campaign. The advertisements argue the need for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to fund the full Gonski model. The campaign highlights some of specific needs of students in schools, with one 45 second TV ad (below) focusing on the number of students who need additional support with literacy.
Posted: 4 March 2016
This afternoon, Friday 4 March, the Federation appeared before Commissioner Murphy of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) in a compulsory conference. The IRC considered a dispute notification lodged by the Federation in response to the Department of Education’s decision to create a new position of school psychologist with the same role as a school counsellor, but different working conditions and no teaching qualifications.
Posted: 4 March 2016
The federal review into a program aimed at creating safe and inclusive schools for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, announced last week, appears not to be taking general submissions.
Posted: 4 March 2016
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate all we’ve achieved, locally and globally, and come together to take action towards gender equality.

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