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- Senate Inquiry backs six years of Gonski funding Media Release 9 July 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott must heed the recommendations of a Senate inquiry into schools funding which has backed the full six years of needs-based Gonski funding, the AEU said today.
NAIDOC WEEK 6-13 July 2014|
Serving Country – Centenary and Beyond is the theme for NAIDOC 2014 and honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country.
Activities and events are being held all over Australia during NAIDOC week. For a guide to your local area go to www.naidoc.org.au
- Expansion of Cape York trial no substitute for Gonski funding, not backed by evidence Media Release 1 July 2014
Education Minister Christopher Pyne's $22 million expansion of the Direct and Explicit Instruction trial in indigenous communities in Cape York is expanding an unproven program, and is no substitute for Gonski funding in remote areas.
- Australian teachers working longer hours, teaching bigger classes than OECD average Media Release 26 June 2014
New figures showing Australian teachers are working longer hours and teaching bigger classes than the OECD average demonstrate the urgent need for better resourcing of schools.
- Disadvantaged schools deserve properly trained teachers Media Release 23 June 2014
Plans to expand the Teach for Australia program are a waste of money and will do nothing to help disadvantaged schools.
- Pyne's teacher training review needs to focus on lifting ATAR scores for teaching students Media Release 23 June 2014
The AEU has called on the Government to work to lift ATAR scores for teaching students, as new figures show scores dropping for new students.
Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas. It was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17. In 2014, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 12th to 18th October 2014.
- Chaplaincy funding should be redirected immediately to support student needs Media Release - 19 June 2014
The High Court's decision to declare the funding of the Abbott Government's Schools Chaplaincy Program unconstitutional is an opportunity to redirect $245 million to areas of greater need, the AEU said today.
- Youth Forum hears more support for TAFE is needed to cut youth unemployment Media Release - 18 June 2014
Government cuts to TAFEs are making it harder for young people to find decent jobs, the Australian Education Union will tell a youth forum in Canberra today.
- Schools commemorate International Day of the African Child and right of all children to access education Media Release - 16 June 2014
Schools are today being encouraged to acknowledge the importance of access to education for children across the world by marking the International Day of the African Child.
- New research shows Abbott's cuts to Gonski funding will rip $2.67 billion out of public schools - equivalent to 20,000 teachers Media Release - 16 June 2014
Tony Abbott's decision to abandon needs-based Gonski funding for schools will lead to the loss of thousands of desperately needed teachers in disadvantaged schools, new research shows.
- Abbott's corporatised education will sell out students' futures Media Release - 12 June 2014
AEU Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos said today that Tony Abbott's plan for corporate-run schools would increase inequity in the system, waste scarce resources and short-change students on the quality of their education.
- Government to cut 583 secular welfare officers as revamped Chaplaincy program takes funding from real needs in schools Media Release - 5 June 2014
The Federal Government will end the jobs of 583 secular welfare officers in schools as it uses its $245.3 million Chaplaincy program to push religion into public schools, Senate Estimates revealed last night.
- World Day Against Child Labour - June 12 2014
The ILO launched the first World Day in 2002 to highlight the plight of working children and to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour. Every child has the right to a free quality public education. Teacher unions have been pioneers in the movement to prevent and eliminate child labour. In the past years, many Education International affiliates have carried out successful campaigns in their country. They consider the fight against child labour to be a core component of the right to education advocacy.
- The Australian TAFE Teacher Autumn 2014
|Education International (EI) is conducting a world-wide survey on teaching and learning conditions, with the aim of bridging the gap between policy making and the reality of the classroom. The survey is accessible online until the end of July in more than 10 different languages. It is part of EI's assessment of Education for All. |
Read more and access the survey here.
- Abbott must tell us whether the Federal Government is abandoning government schools Media Release - 29 May 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott must confirm whether he is planning to abandon government schools after extraordinary claims by Education Minister Christopher Pyne that he doesn't feel responsible for them.
- National Sorry Day 26 May and National Reconciliation Week 27 May - 3 June
National Sorry Day and Reconciliation week is a time for schools to acknowledge the wrongs of the past experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially the Stolen Generations and to take steps toward building a stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The AEU is supporting the Recognise campaign and the Journey to Recognise to build community support for constitutional change to include Indigenous people in the Australian constitution.
For more information about the Journey to Recognition, visit www.recognise.org.au.
For more information on National Reconciliation Week, visit www.reconciliation.org.au.
- Unite for Quality Education – Better Education for a Better World
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