AEU Victoria has secured a new Enterprise Agreement for government school staff, winning significant improvements to address the workload crisis, the high levels of insecure employment and better pay for Victorian teachers, principals and support staff.
A delegation of teachers and principals, led by AEU federal president Correna Haythorpe, has arrived at Parliament House in Canberra to highlight the importance of ongoing Gonski funding.
More than 90% of principals whose schools received Gonski funding say it is making a ‘significant difference’ to their schools, as part of the AEU annual State of Our Schools survey.
Students who struggle with literacy and numeracy, or who have a disability or learning difficulty, will suffer the most if Malcolm Turnbull scraps Gonski funding after 2017, the survey found.
More than half of Australian students are in schools where maths and science teaching are affected by resource shortages, the latest international data shows.
The PISA and TIMSS data released today also confirm that resourcing makes a difference, with Year 8 maths and science students in adequately resourced schools performing significantly better than those in under-resourced schools.
The I Give a Gonski campaign is stepping up with the launch of a national bus tour – aimed at getting the message to the community that Gonski is getting results, and that our kids can’t afford Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts.
The next few months is crunch time for Gonski, as we fight Malcolm Turnbull’s plans to scrap Gonski needs-based funding after 2017.
Two Gonski buses set off from Adelaide and Brisbane to visit schools and communities across Australia before arriving at Parliament House in Canberra on March 22.
A new study released by Teachers Health Fund has found the main cause of stress for school principals was the "sheer quantity of administrative work" they are required to perform, and the lack of time to focus on teaching and learning.
The AEU says schools need to be properly resourced to relieve the rising principal stress level shown in the Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey.
Victorian teachers, principals and education support staff have resolved to take steps towards protected industrial action towards reaching an acceptable enterprise agreement.
Whilst negotiations have been constructive over the past 11 months, the Andrews government has failed to adequately address our claims regarding the excessive and unsustainable workloads of school staff.
The AEU is urging state and territory leaders to use today's meeting of education ministers in Melbourne to continue to resist the Federal Government's plan to end needs-based Gonski funding.
Ending Gonski after 2017 would deny schools $3.8 billion in extra resources in 2018 and 2019 alone.
AEU deputy federal president Maurie Mulheron said federal education minister Simon Birmingham had no plan for schools beyond cuts.
Australia’s continuing decline in the PISA international school test results shows the urgent need for investment in disadvantaged schools, the AEU said today.
AEU Deputy Federal President Maurie Mulheron said the data showed that years of distorted schools funding had failed to lift results, or close the big gaps in achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students.
AEU Victoria welcomes today’s announcement by the State Education Minister James Merlino that the state government will introduce new university entry standards for teachers.
The AEU has long campaigned for higher entry standards, including setting a benchmark of selecting students from the top 30 percent of secondary school graduates. By 2019 we will move to a system where admission to a teaching degree will require a minimum ATAR of 70.
The AEU welcomes the Andrews Government’s announcement to better privilege Victorian TAFEs for vocational education and training (VET) funding ahead of private providers, a move which will deliver greater funding certainty to public TAFEs. Whilst the Government’s response to the Victorian Vocational Education and Training Funding Review continues the market based contestable funding model, TAFEs position as the preeminent provider of quality skills training in Victoria will be enhanced.