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Posted: 19 August 2016
Federation is taking the significant step of petitioning State Parliament to reverse its decision to end high-quality education in NSW gaols by sacking large numbers of teachers – hard-working Federation members.
Posted: 19 August 2016
The NSWTF notes the NSW Government release of the Review into BOSTES. The Federation will closely analyse the totality of the announcement and the proposed future policy directions. After examining the announcements and detailed background papers the union will then communicate its considered position and the implications for its members and NSW public education.    
Posted: 19 August 2016
BOSTES is currently consulting on the Draft Syllabuses for Senior Years’ English, Mathematics, Science and History. It is important that as many teachers as possible engage in this consultation process to ensure a fair and appropriate consultation process.
Posted: 15 August 2016
Saturday marked the 12th anniversary of the government's decision to exclude same sex attracted and transgender Australians from the Marriage Act, and to mark the occasion a rally was held at Sydney Town Hall to champion the issue of marriage equality. A number of Federation members and Officers participated in the event.
Posted: 3 August 2016
NAPLAN is not and never has been a valid measure of overall school and student performance. It was designed as a snapshot diagnostic test to inform teaching and learning programs.
Posted: 29 July 2016
Senior gaol educator Debbie Harris has been told her 22 years of helping prisoners build a better life have no place in tomorrow’s gaols. Here’s her story*   Gaol, prison, correctional centre, big house, “inside” – these are just some of the words used to describe my workplace.  It’s not a glamorous place to work, I can assure you, but it’s challenging and rewarding.  I should know – I’ve been working here for over 22 years.
Posted: 26 July 2016
Casual Vacancy for Professional Support Officer 2015-2018 Mr Neale Dawson, Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of Professional Support Officer of the Australian Education Union NSW Teachers Federation for 2015-2018. The Professional Support Officer will be appointed for the remainder of the triennium ending on Monday 4 February 2019. Nominations Nominations are hereby invited for the following position: • Professional Support Officer (1 to be elected)
Posted: 22 July 2016
BOSTES has commenced consultation on the draft syllabuses for Senior Years’ English, Mathematics, Science and History. Federation members are encouraged to attend the consultation meetings listed below. They will be held from 4-6pm and participation contributes two hours of Quality Teaching Council registered professional development. Members can also provide feedback via an online survey or a written submission.
Posted: 20 July 2016
Federation will write to the NSW Department of Education to seek clarification about the recently updated Social Media Policy and Social Media Policy Implementation Guidelines. The policy updates, which were published on the Department’s website on July 7 and then promoted via the ‘Learning Systems’ Twitter account on July 19, were not discussed with Federation prior to publication.
Posted: 19 July 2016
In welcoming today's announcement of higher literacy and numeracy standards for awarding of the HSC from 2020, Federation Acting President Gary Zadkovich said achieving those standards would require the Turnbull Government to fully fund the NSW Gonski agreement.
Posted: 19 July 2016
The Hiroshima Never Again march and rally in Sydney on August 6 will call for a ban on nuclear weapons and no nuclear waste dumps in Australia. We have entered a new Cold War, Hiroshima Day Committee convenor Denis Doherty said.
Posted: 13 July 2016
Now that the Federal Election is over, the NSW government is once again pursuing their mission to wreck TAFE. “The Baird government is not dealing with the fundamental problem facing NSW TAFE which is that vocational education is now unaffordable for many students,” said NSWTeachers Federation Acting President Denis Fitzgerald.
Posted: 13 July 2016
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 The theme for this year’s competition is: “What peace means to me”.
Posted: 12 July 2016
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Posted: 6 July 2016
The Federation continues to pursue the Department around the training of its Anti-Racism Contact Officers, Multicultural Officer/Organiser Amber Flohm told Federation’s annual conference on July 5. She told delegates Federation informed the Department of its survey finding that nearly one quarter of respondents indicated they did not have an Anti-Racism Contact Officers (ARCOs) in their school and 75 per cent of those who did have an ARCO were untrained.
Posted: 5 July 2016
There was a conscious decision to keep the demand for the Gonski Students with Disability loading centred firmly within the full Gonski campaign, Organiser Claudia Vera told Annual Conference in her address on Special Education.
Posted: 5 July 2016
We are building a wide, strong alliance to take the issues of privatisation of jail education and the jails themselves to the public, Federation President Maurie Mulheron told Annual Conference. The announcement of the proposed sacking of almost all existing prison educators had dealt “a devastating blow to public education in jails, a devastating blow to members and to inmates, so many of whom have low levels of education and language and literacy skills”.
Posted: 5 July 2016
While sex is biologically determined gender is socially constructed, Senior Vice President Joan Lemaire told Annual Conference. The many ways of expressing masculine or feminine behaviour create an equivalent number of sources of harassment and violence.   There are “hierarchies or pecking orders of masculinity and femininity, and gender-based violence plays a part maintaining these hierarchies”.  
Posted: 5 July 2016
Federation is pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Premier Mike Baird later this month to discuss the very serious situation in the VET sector and the damage to TAFE, Federation President Maurie Mulheron said during annual conference on Monday.
Posted: 5 July 2016
TAFE teachers have been attacked in every way and yet, AEU Deputy Federal Secretary Pat Forward told Federation members at Annual Conference, compare their attitude and that of their employers towards the institution they all serve.
Posted: 4 July 2016
Read more: Media spotlight on unfair leave policy  
Posted: 4 July 2016
Federation is to evaluate all aspects of the schools funding campaign as it embarks on the next push for Gonski needs-based funding. At annual conference, President Maurie Mulheron congratulated activists on their sustained efforts for the Gonski campaign, which has achieved wide understanding in the community of the importance of a needs-based model for recurrent schools funding.
Posted: 4 July 2016
The I Give a Gonski campaign has been the “most outstanding schools funding campaign that Australia has ever seen”, Australian Education Union Federal President Correna Haythorpe told Federation’s annual conference today.

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