Core courses

Core courses are listed below with a brief description of the targeted participant group, and the course content.

Beginning Teachers Course

A one day course, open to all beginning teachers employed as permanent, temporary or casual teachers in the schools sector by the Department of Education.

This course covers the NESA processes for achieving Proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Practical activities lead the teacher towards an understanding of the gathering of appropriate evidence and lesson observations through the first years of teaching.

Those teachers who are undertaking the maintenance of accreditation at the proficient level will look at the processes for seeking and logging hours of NESA registered Professional Development and teacher identified hours.

Workshop sessions at the course also cover planning and unit development in the secondary school, and planning and programming in the primary school.

Aboriginal education issues will be raised in a plenary session where resources and ideas will be shared for working within the syllabuses to support Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal students in their understanding of community and culture.

    Completing a Beginning Teachers Course will contribute 4 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 3.2.2, 6.1.2, 7.2.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.    

Fundamentals for Federation Representatives and Women's Contacts

This is a two day course aimed at developing fundamental knowledge and skills for teachers elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of school-based Federation Representative or Women’s contact. Members of workplace committees are able to apply and will be included should space be available. The course focuses on the skills of being able to engage in professional dialogue with colleagues and leaders in the school, and the ability to hold meetings and forums for members to exchange ideas and views. 

Participants are also provided with information on Departmental and Government policies and procedures, including processes to follow up school based issues.

    Completing a Fundamentals for Federation Representatives and Women's Contacts Course will contribute 7 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 7.2.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.    

Fundamentals for Federation Representatives and Women's Contacts (Women Only)

Fundamentals for Federation Representatives and Women’s Contacts (Women’s Only Course)

This is a two day course aimed at developing fundamental knowledge and skills for teachers elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of school-based Federation Representative or Women’s contact.

Members of workplace committees are able to apply and will be included should space be available. The course focuses on the skills of being able to engage in professional dialogue with colleagues and leaders in the school, and the ability to hold meetings and forums for members to exchange ideas and views.

Participants are also provided with information on Departmental and Government policies and procedures, including processes to follow up school based issues.

This course also looks at the key issues for Women in education.

    Completing a Fundamentals for Federation Representatives and Women’s Contacts (Women’s Only Course) Course will contribute 7 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 7.2.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.    

TAFE Fundamentals

This is a two day course aimed at developing fundamental knowledge and skills for teachers elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of Federation Representative or Women’s contact. Members of workplace committees are able to apply and will be included should space be available. The course focuses on the skills of being able to engage in professional dialogue with colleagues and leaders in the workplace, and the ability to hold meetings and forums for members to exchange ideas and views. Participants are also provided with information on Departmental and Government policies and procedures, including processes to follow up workplace based issues.

 

Communicating and Negotiating Skills for Fed Reps and Women's Contacts

This is a three day course aimed at developing communication skills for elected Federation Representatives and Women's Contacts. It emphasises skills relevant to their workplace roles including

  • public speaking
  • defining issues and negotiating solutions
  • communicating assertively and managing conflict, and
  • using web-based and media technologies for research and communication.

Special Requirements For Participation:

  • Successful completion of the Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women's Contacts or Women's Fundamentals course.
    Completing a Communicating and Negotiating Skills for Fed Reps and Women's Contacts Course will contribute 11 hours 30 minutes (actual duration 18 hours) of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.3.2, 7.2.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.    

Working with Local Communities

This course is for Fed Reps, Women’s Contacts and members of Federation workplace committees to build their knowledge and skills about working with their local community. This course focuses on participants identifying community organisations within their local community that support their school.

Participants will develop their skills in networking and engaging community members in activities that support the school community. The participants will "map" community organisations and contacts who support the school with a view to improving community connections.

Special Requirements For Participation:

  • Successful completion of the Fundamentals for Federation Representatives and Communicating and Negotiating Skills for Fed Reps and Women's Contacts courses.
    Completing a Working with Local Communities Course will contribute to 9 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.    

Leading your Workplace Committee

This is a two day course that will develop the capacity of participants to lead their Workplace Committees in processes that engage colleagues, address everyday issues and problems in their school, and contribute to a positive school culture. Through this course, participants will: reflect on their values and purpose as public school teachers; develop relational leadership skills; identify key elements of effective teams; become familiar with a collegial process for approaching issues and problems in their school; and, develop their capacity to work collaboratively to analyse, assess, strategise, act and reflect on school level and system-wide issues and problems.

Special Requirements For Participation:

  • Successful completion of the Fundamentals for Federation Representatives and Communicating and Negotiating Skills for Fed Reps and Women's Contacts courses.
    Completing a Leading your Workplace Committee Course will contribute to 6 hours, 40 mins of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 6.3.2 and 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.    

Skills for Teachers Federation Councillor Representatives

This two day course for Federation Councillors/Proxies focuses on the legal framework underpinning the role of the Federation Councillor Representatives. It also addresses the roles and responsibilities they have within their local education communities. The participants will develop their communication skills, in workshops with constructive feedback from presenters and participants (other teachers).

NB. Attendance at the Federation Council meeting immediately prior to the course dates is essential, either as a Federation Councillor, Proxy Councillor, or as an Observer.

    Completing a Skills for Teachers Federation Councillor Representatives Course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 7.2.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.    

Association Executive (President, Secretaries and Treasurers) Course

This multi-faceted course develops skills and knowledge of local members taking on the roles of Association President, Secretary and/or Treasurer. Members are provided information pertinent to their role in specific sessions, and provided the opportunity to clarify questions relating to the work of the Association. The course provides information on current campaign priorities and support offered by the Teachers Federation as well as responsibilities of Associations in undertaking their work. The course provides participants with skills to communicate and engage local teachers on educational issues.

 

Health & Safety for Fed Reps & Women's Contacts

This course is for Fed Reps, Women’s Contacts and members of Federation workplace committees to build their knowledge and skills about Health and Safety In their workplace. The course will provide participants with an overview of Health and Safety legislation and related DoE policies - with particular focus on the consultation and risk management process. It will give participants the knowledge to set up health and safety structures within their workplace (i.e. the establishment of work groups, election of Health and Safety Representatives [HSRs] and safety committees to ensure Health and Safety issues and grievances are effectively dealt with) if this has not already been done. Participants will also explore how to work to resolve WHS issues utilising health and safety structures as well as workplace organising.

    Completing a Health & Safety for Fed Reps & Women's Contacts course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 7.2.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.    

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