The new Award, which safeguards existing conditions and gives members a 2.5 per cent pay rise for three years, contains two issues relevant to small schools that Federation will monitor and keep fighting: principal classification based on school budgets and a contentious “associate principal” classification.
Small schools and Gonski
Every small school TA should take action to push the federal government to maintain full Gonski funding. Use the proforma letters attached to contact your local federal Coalition or Labor MP. Gonski is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure needs-based funding that will boost every child in every school.
How to address work overload
Contact your local Organiser to discuss how to play an important role in opposing any additional workload placed on schools as a result of the Department’s implementation of new technology.
Action by the Small Schools Committee
The Small Schools Restricted Committee is calling for case studies that outline specific examples of how new technology has increased staff workload. We have provided a case study template for easy use.
New committee – hail and farewell
We sadly farewell Michael Wood and Michael Collins who have stood down from the Small Schools Restricted Committee. The new committee will be introduced in the next newsletter.
Contact your committee
The next committee meeting will be later in Term 4. Please contact one of the committee members below if you wish to raise an issue: