The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEU) will form a coalition later this year in response to the Australian Senate failing to address the under-resourcing of educational needs of students with disabilities.   

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It is a nonsense that professions like medicine, law, nursing and engineers have their own professional body but teachers remain the playthings of government policy.
 

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Spending a further two years in study at university, predominantly in theoretical or ‘research’ work is not what teacher education needs, according to Federal Secretary Chris Watt. 

Increasing teacher training to a six year qualification has the odour of filling university seats rather than what’s best for the profession.

 

 

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The Australian Government should commit the same level of resources to all teacher trainees and support to schools to assist in mentoring and early career development as it does per capita through the Teach for Australia program.

 

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WE SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES.

WILL YOU?

 The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEU) today launches their Students with Disability campaign which will see IEU members sign and send a postcard to their senate representative, demanding that the Abbott Government direct additional federal budget funding to the education of children with disabilities.

 

 

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Federal Secretary Chris Watt recently discussed the effect of Federal Budget cuts on students with disability on Melbourne's community radio station 3CR. The full podcast is available here.

 

 

 

 

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The Indepdent Education Union of Australia, together with the Commonwealth Teacher's Group, calls on Education International to encourage affiliates to take swift action advocating for the safe return of the 234 school girls abducted from the Nigerian Government College in Chibok, on 14th April. 

Echoing sentiments put forward by the CTG, the IEUA calls for the threat of danger to those in education in Nigeria, and in other vulnerable countries, to stop. Schools must be safe against terrorism and the fear of violence from extremist militants.  

A recent statement from the CTG can be found by clicking here. 

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Independent Education Union of Australia Federal Secretary Chris Watt has called for the additional commitment of dollars for school counsellors in the Federal Government's 2014 Budget to be reversed and redirected, for the sake of fairness, to funding students with disabilities in schools.
 
"No one in the school education sector was asking for additional school counselor funding. No parent, teacher, principal or school employer.” Mr Watt said.
 
"While school counselors have an important role to play there is an unequivocal unmet need for some of our most vulnerable children." 
 
As Stephanie Gotlib, CEO of Children with Disability Australia stated as recently as 12 May; 
 
A typical school experience for students with disability involves limited choice of school, discrimination, bullying, limited or no funding for support and resources, inadequately trained staff and having to contend with a culture of low expectations 
 
"We can and we must do better for these children and their families,” Mr Watt said.
 
The IEUA will now call on Senators to amend Budget provisions to redirect funding to these students.
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In a recent meeting with Assistant Minister for Education, Sussan Ley, the Independent Education Union of Australia encouraged the Federal Government to continue to invest in Quality Early Childhood Education.

 

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The Independent Education Union of Australia is extremely concerned about the Commission of Audit recommendations on Education Funding.

 
 
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