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The State and Federal Education Ministers meeting on Friday provides a genuine opportunity for government stakeholders to clarify their execution of the Gonski recommendations, particularly in relation to funding. While the Independent Education Union of Australia supports a new funding model for Australian schools in…
Adequate resourcing and safe school environments have been linked to academicachievement in two major international studies measuring student trends inmathematics, science and reading comprehension. Independent Education Union Federal Secretary Chris Watt said the recent findingsfrom TIMSS (Trends In International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS(Progress…
10 December 2012 OPINION Chris WattFederal SecretaryIndependent Education Union The Independent Education Union welcomes an online format for NAPLAN by 2016, but nevertheless believes there is a need further for a critical reassessment of the aims and execution of the national testing regime. The Federal…
28 November 2012 The Independent Education Union of Australia expresses its disappointment with the Australian Education Bill introduced into Parliament today. While the commitment to a base recurrent grant per student is welcomed and the school improvement principles are laudable, the Bill lacks substance. “The…
Federal secretary Chris Watt, of the Independent Education Union of Australia, has deemed unnecessary the nationwide “every-child, every-year” NAPLAN methodology, suggesting sampling could instead successfully identify key improvement areas. In response to the University of Melbourne’s national study on the impacts of NAPLAN testing, Mr…
The Independent Education Union of Australia has expressed its disgust with Australian Government and coalition failure in bringing resolve to the asylum seeker boat issue in an open, fair and honest manner. IEUA Federal secretary Chris Watt said the union would pledge $2000 to support…
Tell the King of Bahrain to immediately drop convictions and sentences for Mahdi and Jalila
Policies considered and endorsed by the Inaugural IEU National Conference held in Canberra on 23 and 24 August, 2012 Information Technology in Schools Induction Quality Professional Development Pre-Service Teacher Placements Assessment & Reporting Work-Life Balance Students with Special Needs Teacher Appraisal - Performance Management Early…
Ending Child Marriage In reserving a day for advocacy and action by and for girls, the UN has signaled its commitment to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls... including gender violence, early marriage, child labor, and discrimination at work.…
Class begins on 10 November 2012.... A LIVE BROADCAST WEBINAR about asylum seekers and refugees.IT’S TIME FOR THE FACTS, TRUTH AND REAL STORIES! Will you stand up and be counted for humanity? If your answer is yes then please sign up immediately to be a…
The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to: Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.Everyone is encouraged…
“The inaugural IEU National Conference will debate union policy on a Quality Teaching Framework as part of our members’ commitment to the achievement of high education outcomes for Australia’s children and young people ,” said Independent Education Union Federal Secretary Chris Watt. “Too much debate…
The IEU Federal Secretary endorsed the following statement on Teacher Performance at its meeting on Thursday 16 August 2012: Teacher PerformanceTeachers in Non-Government Schools are Not Underperforming The Independent Education Union notes that its members are committed to providing the highest standard of learning opportunities…
letter to Minister Garrett 23 July 2012The Hon Peter Garrett AM MPMinister for Schools Education, Early Childhood and YouthHouse of RepresentativesParliament HouseCanberra ACT 2600Dear Minister I am writing regarding the Federal Government’s Review of Funding for Schooling. As you would be aware, the IEU has…
"The COAG meeting on Wednesday needs to commit to fund the Gonski Report recommendations and all governments, federal , state and territory, must commit their share" said Independent Education Union Federal Secretary Chris Watt “The IEU has supported the architecture proposed by the Gonski Review…
The proposed framework must be reviewed and the elements of teacher performance and teacher development be de-coupled. The IEU believes that a revised Framework should be based on the following elements. Elements of a Model that will assist Teacher Development and Build Teacher Capacity: Must…
ERC Media Release http://www.erc.org.au/index.php?module=documents&JAS_DocumentManager_op=viewDocument&JAS_Document_id=334 MEDIA RELEASE: Sydney, Friday, 22nd June 2012 The Edmund Rice Centre today called upon Federal politicians to forge a 'concrete and durable mechanism' for bipartisan cooperation on Australia's asylum policy. "This boat disaster is a tragedy which can't fail to move…
FECCA Media Release The annual celebration of Refugee Week in Australia (June 17 to 23) is traditionally a time when we pause and reflect on the outstanding contribution refugees have made to this country, Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA),…
“Minister Garrett’s comments that outstanding issues in relation to the recommendations of the Gonski review need to be undertaken thoroughly and deliberately are welcomed by the IEU,” said Independent Education Union Federal Secretary Chris Watt. “Whilst the architecture of the model is supported, the IEU…
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