Have your say on K–12 syllabus developments

Syllabus development consultation opportunities

Technologies Years 7–10 (Agricultural Technology, Food Technology, Graphics technology Marine and Aquaculture Technology, and Textiles Technology) draft syllabuses – closes Sunday 17 June

Technologies Years 7–10 (Design and Technology, and Industrial Technology) – closes Sunday 8 July

Implementation…New Syllabus

2018 Familiarisation and planning for Technology Mandatory Years 7–8.
2019 Start teaching Technology Mandatory Years 7–8 (100 hours in Year 7 or the full 200-hour course in Year 7 or Year 8).
2020 Start teaching Technology Mandatory Years 7–8 (100 hours in Year 8).

Technology Mandatory Years 7–8  Draft Syllabus  Consultation Report

Shape 2017 at the Tamworth Regional Gallery

25 May 2018

Topic: HSC

Shape 2017 opens at the Tamworth Regional Gallery on Thursday 31 May.

A selection of Design and Technology, Textiles and Design and Industrial Technology projects from the 2017 HSC will be on display until Sunday 22 July.

Shape 2017 provides an opportunity to view innovative and inspiring student inventions and designs from areas as diverse as multimedia, engineering, fashion, furniture and product design.

Gallery opening hours and contact for school bookings are available on the NESA website.

For more information, contact:
Petra Sawicki
Project Officer, Events

02 9367 8825

Have your say on   syllabus development consultation opportunities
Technologies Years 7–10 elective draft syllabuses Upcoming opportunities
IPT, IPT Life Skills and SDD Stage 6 draft directions. Early registration opens Monday 28 May

Program Builder available for new Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory syllabuses

4 May 2018

The new syllabuses for Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 are now available in Program Builder. These syllabuses are for implementation from 2019.

Teachers using Program Builder will be able to use the features of these interactive syllabuses to:

  • create and edit teaching programs
  • develop scope and sequences automatically
  • use drag-and-drop editing to design units of work
  • share work with colleagues.

If syllabus outcomes and/or content are updated, schools that have developed resources in Program Builder will be notified automatically to update the outcomes and content to the latest version of the syllabus, ensuring that documentation is always current.

For more information, contact:
Mark Tyler
Inspector, Technology Education
(02) 9367 8454

Tanya Coli
Inspector, Primary Education
(02) 9367 8191

Kerry Sheehan
Senior Curriculum Inspector
(02) 9367 8144

Applying for accreditation

When is my 2018 accreditation fee due?

Online payments and financial records are now fully operational in your electronic Teacher Accreditation Management System (eTAMS). Pre-2004 teacher invoices, which had previously been postponed, have now been issued for payment. All pre-2004 teacher invoices dated 13 April are due for payment by 25 May.

Invoices are now available to view, download and pay via eTAMS.

Accreditation safeguards the quality of the teaching profession. It means that teachers must have a teaching qualification, meet quality standards and keep up to date. Your annual accreditation fee directly supports quality teaching in NSW by enabling NESA to coordinate a rigorous system of accreditation. Find out more about fees, including how to pay and what your fees are used for

Feedback opportunities for Years 7-10 elective courses for Technologies

20 October 2017

Topic: Curriculum

Learning areas: Life Skills, Technology

Stages: Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10), Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8)

The  Technologies Years 7–10 elective course syllabuses (including Life Skills) are being converted into an online interactive format. This includes the amalgamation of learn about and learn to content and the inclusion of learning across the curriculum.

An online survey has been developed to gather feedback to inform this process.

These surveys will be open until Sunday 19 November.

For more information, contact:
Karen Ingram
Senior Inspector and Inspector, PDHPE

(02) 9367 8150Mark Tyler
Inspector, Technology Education

(02) 9367 8454

Tech Talk



Latest News from

PTC NSW Association

EdNews Brief, 31 October 2017

Higher education cuts will be felt in the classroom, not the lab

By Michael Whelan (The Conversation)

In a recent Productivity Commission report, the bias of universities in favour of research over teaching was exposed.

Link to report

Experts say addressing huge educational disadvantage starts with upskilling teachers in regional schools

By Geoff Egan (Townsville Bulletin)

EVERY year about 30,000 regional Queensland students do not finish high school.

Public principals want high school enrolment period brought forward to compete with private schools

By Tim Williams (The Advertiser)

PUBLIC schools miss out on high school students because the enrolment period closes too late compared with private schools, which pressure parents months or even years in advance, principals say.

SA public schools, preschools have almost $500 million in their accounts — as the State Government promises $690 million more

By Tim Williams (The Advertiser)

MORE than 90 public schools would be gifted $690 million for upgrades in a State Government pledge, but a report has questioned whether some schools are overfunded or not using resources for their intended purposes.

Designing Australia’s largest school

By Sara Brocklesby (Pursuit)

Melbourne architects are transforming our schools, with a new inner city learning precinct to teach children from kindergarten to university

Linguists digitise 1970s children’s storybooks to help preserve Indigenous languages

By Jesse Thompson (ABC Radio Darwin)

Few people involved in the Indigenous language storybook programs of the 1970s could have realised how precious the books would be decades later.

Reading aloud – not just for the early years

By Jo Earp

Research has highlighted the importance of providing ongoing opportunities for children to read aloud in class to teachers and friends, and at home to parents, siblings and even pets.

Bell Shakespeare’s Regional Teacher Mentorship 2018

Supported by the Australian Government and Teachers Mutual Bank, the Regional Teacher Mentorship offers 30 teachers from regional, rural and remote Australian primary and secondary schools a fully-funded, year-long mentorship with Bell Shakespeare. The Mentorship includes four days of Professional Learning at Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney, and ongoing support throughout 2018. All travel, accommodation and Professional Learning expenses are provided at no charge to schools. Applications close 27 November 2017, 5pm.

EdNews Brief, 28-30 October 2017

All Canberra secondary public school students to get Chromebook in 2018

By Emily Baker (The Canberra Times)

Every public school student from year 7 to 11 will receive an Acer Chromebook when school returns next year. The ACT government has chosen Datacom Systems AU to deliver the laptops and expects all students to have their own device by the 2019 school year.

Noel Pearson says literacy teaching at heart of social justice

By Stefanie Balogh (The Australian)

Indigenous leader Noel Pearson has called on sceptics of his literacy program to give it a go and let the results speak for themselves, saying teaching disadvantaged children to read is at the heart of social justice. “You give these kids a chance to read, you give them justice. And, if you’re concerned about justice for Aboriginal children or remote and disadvantaged children generally, then the first duty of social justice we owe to them is a basic strong education,’’ he said.

‘If you look at fees Australia really has the highest level’: Aussie childcare revealed as the most expensive in the WORLD – as Germans pay just $1.57 a day for others to mind their kids

By Peter Devlin (Daily Mail)

Childcare fees in Australia are among the highest in the world, an international investigation has revealed. In Australia parents are forking out up to $200 a day, or $1000 a week for full time childcare, The Daily Telegraph reported. With government subsidies this comes down to $500 per week up to a cap of $7613.

‘Shortsighted’: More TAFE closures feared

By Pallavi Singhal (The Sydney Morning Herald)

An international report on vocational education has used Australia as an example of how fast public education institutions can be privatised, amid growing concerns that TAFE NSW is moving to sell off more sites. “In the state of NSW, government funding cutbacks and fee increases have led to steep declines in enrolments in TAFE and one third of the TAFE workforce have lost their jobs over recent years, with more jobs to go,” according to the report Global Trends in Technical and Vocational Education and Training, commissioned by Education International.

Link to report


WA Independent Public Schools shakeup: Principals lose hiring freedom

By Rebecca Carmody (ABC News)

Principals of WA’s 524 Independent Public Schools (IPS) have been directed to consider “redeployees” when hiring new staff, in a policy shift described as “the beginning of the end” of the popular IPS system. Since 2010, IPS principals have had complete autonomy over staffing, but under the change, they will have to consider education department “redeployees” before hiring any teachers, support staff and school administrators.

Eleven Canberra childcare providers were in breach of national standards

By Emily Baker (The Canberra Times)

Ten Canberra childcare centres and a family daycare provider investigated by authorities were found in breach of national standards for issues including poor staffing arrangements and allegedly harming or losing children. Nineteen of the 51 complaints investigated by the Education Directorate’s Children’s Education and Care Assurance team in the 2016-17 financial year established a breach of national laws.

How should Australia respond to China’s influence in our universities?

By Jonathan Benney (The Conversation)

The federal government is concerned about Chinese influence in Australia, particularly on universities. While we don’t know exactly how deep this influence runs, we do know quite a bit. Financially, many Australian universities depend on international students from mainland China. It was recently suggested that 16% of the University of Sydney’s revenue comes from these students. Over the past two decades, this rapid change has made universities look and feel different.

Early grade reading changing children’s lives

By Julia Gillard (Teacher)

Learning to read is one of the great joys of life. At home in Adelaide, I love bedtime story reading with my nephew and niece. It is almost like you can see their brains growing as their gaze starts to move from the pictures to the text. ‘Wow!’, you can hear them thinking, those shapes mean something. Those shapes are telling the story. Then comes recognition of individual letters and working out their sounds. Then letters together forming words.

Andy Marks: Higher education reforms are all about savings and not possibilities

By Andy Marks (The Age)

A Senate impasse and yet another round of higher education reforms are floundering. Only they aren’t. Reforms that is. Australia hasn’t seen anything remotely approaching meaningful higher education reform in nearly a decade. And the newly released “Shifting the Dial” Productivity Commission report neither tweaks nor even nudges government towards meaningful reform in this nationally critical area.

Link to report

Are universities failing students in the chase for research dollars?

ABC News

The Turnbull Government has seized on criticism of Australian universities by the Productivity Commission to argue its case for higher education reforms. The Coalition wants to increase fees for tertiary students and cut some university funding — but negotiations have stalled with the crossbench.

Link to report

Incident at recess: The secret school files that record every student stuff-up

By Henrietta Cook (The Age)

Victorian schools are creating secret electronic dossiers that record a child’s every misstep and even contain observations about their parents. They are called the “student chronicles” and most parents are unaware of their existence.

Choosing VET: investigating the VET aspirations of school students

By Jennifer Gore, Hywel Ellis, Leanne Fray, Maxwell Smith, Adam Lloyd, Carly Berrigan, Andrew Lyell, Natasha Weaver, Kathryn Holmes (NCVER)

This study explores the views of 6492 NSW primary and secondary school students’ post-school aspirations. It explores when VET begins to feature in students’ thinking about their futures, the kinds of students who think about VET, and under what conditions. The study informs how teachers, schools and VET providers might enrich the information available to students and their parents/carers and address current gaps and misunderstandings in students’ knowledge about VET.

In their words: student choice in training markets – Victorian examples

By Justin Brown (NCVER)

This research offers insights into the options available to individuals as they navigate the VET market. Importantly, this study directly represents the voice of students, asking how their choices were made and whether their choice was sufficiently ‘informed’. The student voice is contrasted with recent literature and data on measures of choice. Implications for policy and practice are explored, as are strategies for improving and broadening choice. The focus here is on examples from Victoria, the first state to initiate market reforms, by means of the Victorian Training Guarantee.

Performance funding is not the way to improve university teaching

By Andrew Norton (The Conversation)

A week after the Nick Xenophon Team called for a new review of higher education, the Productivity Commission has provided one, of sorts. The report, titled “Shifting the Dial”, covers higher education as well as health care, schools, cities, government and energy. It is part of much broader five-year productivity review and covers topics from recent policy debate on higher education.  

Teaching kids about maths using money can set them up for financial security

By Catherine Attard (The Conversation)

One of the most common complaints children have about learning maths is its lack of relevance to their lives outside school. When they fail to see the importance of maths to their current and future lives, they often lose interest. This results in opting out of mathematics study as soon as they can, and proclaiming they are “not good at maths”.

School Improvement Episode 12: Evidence-based professional learning

By Jo Earp (Teacher)

This podcast from Teacher magazine is supported by Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank. The Mutual Bank is proud to support the financial wellbeing and professional development of the education community.

Early childhood investment wasted without quality

By Eduction HQ News Team

Highly skilled educators are the most important ingredient to achieving high quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) but many early childhood educators don’t receive sufficient training or support.

‘I was shocked’: the students pushed out of NAPLAN to boost school results

By Henrietta Cook (The Age)

A staggering two-thirds of Victorian students who receive disability funding are not sitting NAPLAN, new research reveals. And there are concerns that schools are discouraging these students from sitting the test due to fears they might bring down a school’s academic results.

Melbourne Uni poaches Duncan Maskell from Cambridge

By Tim Dodd (The Australian)

The University of Melbourne has lured Duncan Maskell, the number two academic at the University of Cambridge, to be its new vice-chancellor in place of the long-serving Glyn Davis who steps down next year. Melbourne’s chancellor, barrister Allan Myers, said Professor Maskell was an outstanding university leader and academic who was “operating at a very senior level at one of the world’s top universities”.

Connected Communities program shows mixed results for Indigenous kids

By Brendan King (ABC News)

Walgett isn’t the easiest place to grow up. The town records violent offences at a rate four times the state average and businesses in the main street bar their windows. After a 2015 viral video showed a group of students from Walgett Community College beating one of their peers, the school became the first in NSW to have police stationed inside it. The college’s secondary campus is one of the sites for Connected Communities, a radical plan to turn around underperforming regional schools. Set up in 2012 by the then-education minister Adrian Piccoli, the program took 15 struggling schools with a high proportion of Indigenous students out of the regular education system.

Industry shake-up highlights gaps in key areas forcing up costs

By Emmaline Stigwood (Courier Mail)

QUEENSLAND has the second lowest rate of degree-qualified early childhood teachers in the country leading to a shortage of quality staff in regional areas but also metro pockets where childcare staff can’t afford to live. About 12.5 per cent of key contact staff at approved childcare and kindy services in Queensland have a bachelor degree or above, with only Tasmania below on 9.7 per cent based on 2016 data.

Government spending on Indigenous people is rising, so why do so many still live in poverty?

By Nicholas Biddle (The Conversation)

At first glance, the most recent review of government expenditure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians is quite staggering. It estimates that direct expenditure was A$33.4 billion, an increase of around 23.7% since the first report in 2008-09 (taking into account inflation).  

Employers’ use and views of the VET system 2017

NCVER Statistical Report

his survey collects information about employers’ use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system and the various ways employers use the VET system to meet their skill needs. Information collected is designed to measure employers’ engagement and satisfaction with the VET system.

Who inspires the world’s best teachers?

By Rebecca Vukovic (Teacher)

Most people can reflect on their schooling and think of one educator who made a significant difference in their lives. To mark Australia’s celebration of World Teachers’ Day, we asked two of the world’s best teachers to share with readers the educator who inspired them most when they were a student

Associations Administration

Professional Teachers’ Council (PTC) NSW

Mail: PO Box 699 Lidcombe NSW 1825

Phone: 02 97160378   Fax: 02 95642342



PTC NSW Patron – Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO


Newcastle Stitches & Craft Show

We have some pattern making and fashion illustration workshops happening on the Sunday of the Newcastle Stitches & Craft Show , conducted by Anita Faro of Studio Faro.

These are specially designed to appeal to students and teachers of Textiles & Design.

The information is on the website and the bookings are online.

The link is here:

Looking forward to seeing the Hunter TEA Exhibition of Student Works at the

Newcastle Stitches and Craft Show

August 17 – 20, 2017
Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow
Thursday To Sunday/ 10am To 4pm



Spaces are available in the below workshop which will be held in our newly renovated premises at 76 Queen St Concord West.

Please contact the NSW Embroiderer’s Guild office on 9743 2501 to make a booking …  Janet Davidson


Goldwork tree workshop Sept 2017

 …..also check these workshops out:


Miniature Drawn Thread Sampler.Alison Snepp

Turkmen Cap Alison Snepp for Record docx

Mystery Ball Workshop

Cutwork Panel





Outstanding Student Award 2017
Call for Nominations
Members are asked to send names of students to be considered. There have been many outstanding
students supported by ATASDA through this award.
The award will be presented to a textile student who is finishing high school in 2017 and is going on to
further studies, or is a continuing tertiary student. The award will recognise the student’s achievements in
textile arts and surface design. It will provide the student with all the benefits of ATASDA membership and
compliment their further studies in the field.
Students must be nominated by a financial member of ATASDA, but do not need to be a member
Entries close 18 November, 2017. For more information see March 2017 Fibreline or email; The Secretary
National Committee with subject line Outstanding Student Award 2017.




Robotics and Electronic Prototyping 101

MakerSpace is proud to present this class in collaboration with The Blueprint Lab:


1/17 Barclay Street,
Marrickville NSW 2204, Australia.


(02) 9557 8584



Syllabus Consultation for CAFS




Dear PTC NSW members,

I would like to share with you the article, sent to me by AATE, published in the Australian Financial Review today by Wendy Coady who is president of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English. 017/07/changes-world-leading-c opyright-system-risky-say-teac hers/changes-to-copyright-syst em-risky-say-teachers-afr-10- july/

The AATE supports Copyright Agency’s position that the introduction of fair use in the Australian Copyright act would be detrimental to both content users and creators.

If your association is also opposed to the introduction of fair use, I encourage you to inform your members about the #freeisnotfair Campaign so they can voice their concerns directly with their MPs. PTC NSW will be opposing the changes.

The links below provide further details. 017/06/creative-organisations- launch-freeisnotfair-campaign/

In the recent months, creators across the arts have demonstrated their opposition to the recommendations of the Productivity Commission Report (see below): 017/06/open-letter-writers-sta ge-screen-2/ air-use/indigenous/ -opinion/2017/open-letter-aust ralian-government-copyright/


David Browne

Professional Teachers’ Council (PTC) NSW

Mail: PO Box 699 Lidcombe NSW 1825

Tel: 02 9716 0378   Fax: 02 9564 2342



PTC NSW Patron – Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO



New Release of Information 




Bolor Amgalan…


Karolina Novak
Education Program Producer
Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW 2007 Australia
T +61 2 92170509

Bolor Amgalan…

is an experimental interdisciplinary designer exploring materiality at the intersection of digital and physical, natural and synthetic as well as material and immaterial. She graduated from the University of Technology Sydney from the Fashion and Textiles Design course with First Class Honours. Her graduate collection explored the concept of sustainability through zero-waste pattern engineering and lasercutting. She is currently in the second year of the MA Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins and her final year project is on exhibition at Ventura Lambrate, Milan as part of Milan Design Week. Bolor was a highly commended finalist for The Woolmark Company/Domus Vim joint scholarship in 2014 and is the recipient of first prize in Art U Wear Competition 2015 and University of the Arts London/International Students House Postgraduate Scholarship. Bolor's work has been featured in several publications in print and online including Terrific Fashion by 24 Ore Cultura and i-D. She has exhibited internationally including in Sydney, London, Dubai and Milan.

We are lucky enough to have some of her pieces in our current exhibition Out of Hand at the Powerhouse








Stage 4  Technology Draft Syllabus  Consultation

TEA Response – Technology Draft Syllabus Consultation

TEANSW is collecting your feedback to submit a response on behalf of our members. The outcome of the current Technology Syllabus consultation will ultimately impact you and your students. Please complete this survey by Monday 10 April 2017. Link to…

K-10 Draft Syllabus consultation for Science and Technology K–6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7–8 has now commenced.

Consultation on the draft syllabuses commenced Monday 6 March and continues until Friday 5 May and includes:

  • face-to-face meetings from 4–6pm in metropolitan and regional locations
  • an online survey
  • written submissions.

The draft syllabuses, links to online surveys and a registration facility for consultation meetings are available on the NESA website.

Feedback will be used to guide the development of the final syllabuses.

Please send written submissions to:

Science and Technology K–6

Technology Mandatory Years 7–8

Alesha Bleakley
Senior Curriculum Officer, Technology Education
NSW Education Standards Authority
GPO Box 5300
Sydney 2001

For more information, contact: 

Mark Tyler
Inspector, Technology
(02) 9367 8454


Consultation opportunities

NESA seeks your feedback on the draft syllabuses, which can be viewed or downloaded.

Feedback may be provided by:

  • attending a consultation meeting
  • completing the online survey
  • providing a written submission.

The documents introducing the draft syllabuses are designed to assist with completing the online surveys. They provide background and an overview of the key features of the draft syllabuses, including the proposed course structure and course content.

Science and Technology K–6 Technology Mandatory Years 7–8
Draft syllabus (PDF) Draft syllabus (PDF)
Introduction to the Science and Technology K–6 draft syllabus (PDF) Introduction to the Technology Mandatory Years 7–8 draft syllabus (PDF)
Online survey Online survey
Online survey statements (PDF) Online survey statements (PDF)

If you are unable to attend a consultation meeting, and require further information about the draft syllabuses, please watch the Inspectors present an overview of the key features of each draft syllabus.



Online Feedback….Survey Monkey


EdNews Brief, 6 April 2017

Parents abandon private schools for public education

By Bethany Hiatt (Perth Now)

THE drift of WA students away from private to public schools is accelerating, figures show. Student census data collected in February show enrolments at independent and Catholic schools fell for the second year in a row after 35 years of growth. While the number of students in public schools surged 2 per cent to a record 302,271, up 5894 from the same time last year, private school enrolments fell by 1074 to 147,471.


Schools funding: Parents warned they face fee hikes unless Government develops strategy

By Natasha Robinson and Meredith Griffiths (ABC News)

Parents of children at Catholic and independent schools have been warned they face fee hikes unless the Government develops a coherent strategy on schools funding. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has again delayed discussions with the states on the future of schools funding, and NSW has today warned the Federal Government is “getting very, very close to midnight” on negotiating funding packages beyond 2018.


UTS leads 17 local institutions on ‘young uni’ best 100

An international ranking of “young” universities has placed 17 Australian unis in its top 100, with University of Technology Sydney coming in at 15th. The ranking of universities established after 1965 saw all Australian institutions on its list improve on last year’s positions, a sign of a strong, vibrant higher education system, says UTS vice-chancellor Attila Brungs. “It means the system is really functional,” Professor Brungs said. “Younger universities tend to be very innovative in their teaching and research. It shows that new approaches are having an impact.”


All Australian universities commit to releasing sexual assault data

By Eryk Bagshaw (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Every one of Australia’s universities has committed to simultaneously releasing data on sexual assaults on their campuses after concerns were raised about a landmark survey of 39,000 students that would not reveal how many assaults had occurred at each institution. Universities Australia secured the commitment from all 39 universities to release individual data on Wednesday in what has been described as “an incredibly important step” by the peak body’s chairman and Vice-Chancellor of the Western Sydney University, Barney Glover.


AEU slams Government’s failed funding scheme

By Sarah Duggan (Education HQ)

The Turnbull Government is blindly pushing ahead with its “shambolic” model to end needs-based funding, and will have no option but to honour the Gonski agreements, the AEU has announced. Noting that 339 days had passed since the Coalition announced it would bring in an alternative system, AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe  said that every school in Australia had been left in the lurch. “Now, after months of delay Education Minister Simon Birmingham has made a last-minute decision to call for yet another education ministers meeting in June.


Funding boost to help Indigenous uni students close the gap

By Nakari Thorpe (NITV)

The Federal Government has announced a $67.5 million funding boost to help Indigenous university students complete their study. Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Senator for New South Wales Marise Payne made the announcement at the launch of the Indigenous Student Success Programme today at Western Sydney University. The funding boost of $67.5 million is part of a larger $235 million four-year investment to support Australia’s 16,000 Indigenous students to complete their studies. 


Working together for better quality graduate teachers

By Chelsea Attard (Education HQ)

Just as the first few years of a child’s education are crucial, initial teacher education has a huge impact on an early career teacher’s chances of flourishing in the classroom. In recent years, the classroom readiness of graduates has been inconsistent, with both school leaders and the general public losing faith in the system producing our next generation of educators. But when the next wave of education graduates throw their mortarboards in the air, their employers can expect some changes.


MySchool website data backs Gonski funding claims: union

Education HQ News Team

Government funding to private schools continues to increase at a much faster rate than to public schools, a new analysis shows. The examination of the latest data published on the MySchool website, done by schools funding expert Bernie Shepherd for the Australian Education Union, shows that between 2009 and 2015, government money to private schools grew more than twice as quickly. And in the years since the Gonski money started flowing, the combined spending from commonwealth and state governments has increased nearly three times as much to the independent sector and twice as much to Catholic schools than public ones.


Can a four-year-old be sexist?

By Kimberley Norris (The Conversation)

The Victorian government has announced it plans to teach its Respectful Relationship program to preschoolers as a way to target and prevent sexist behaviour among children aged three and four years old. The program – which is taught to teenagers in schools – more broadly aims to tackle issues around family violence, and also to develop young people’s social skills and promote respectful relationships. The justification for extending this program into preschool settings, according to the document released by the state government, is that as young children learn about gender, they may also begin to enact sexist values, beliefs and attitudes that may contribute to disrespect and gender inequality. But can children at that age be sexist? When is it that children are aware of gender differences – and what makes them act on it?


The effect of fibre broadband on student learning

By Arthur Grimes, Wilbur Townsend (Australian Policy Online)

We estimate the impact of ultra-fast broadband on schools’ academic performance using a difference-in-difference study of a new fibre broadband network. We show that fibre broadband increases primary schools’ passing rates in standardised assessments by roughly one percentage point. Estimates are robust to alternative specifications, such as controlling for time-varying covariates. We find no evidence that gender, ethnic minorities or students enrolled in remote schools benefit disproportionately. However, we find some evidence of a larger benefit within schools that have a greater proportion of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Student wellbeing in Australia and Denmark

By Jo Earp (Teacher)

You’ve seen a great workshop presentation, picked up some useful information from a professional development session, or read a research paper that could help you and your colleagues. How do take the next step and use what you’ve learned to improve your own practice?



The Excellence in Professional Practice Conference (EPPC) is a conference exploring best practice for teaching and learning, through presentations and discussions facilitated by leaders and peers within the educational community.  


EdNews Brief, 7 April 2017

Sydney Catholic schools offer selective entrance tests to keep ‘best and brightest’

By Alexandra Smith (The Age)

Sydney’s Catholic schools will have selective entrance tests for the first time this year, with high schools across the diocese to offer places in selective streams for gifted and talented students. In a bid to stretch their brightest students and stop a drift to high-achieving public selective schools, Sydney Catholic Schools has been developing an external selection test with the Australian Council for Educational Research, which year 6 students will be able to sit in term three this year.


Funding wrangle likely to continue until June

By Sarah Duggan (Education HQ)

Resolution over federal funding to schools looks likely to remain in limbo until June, when the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting is scheduled. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has called for an extra Education Council meeting with his state and territory counterparts to be held this Friday, but details of his alternative schools funding model will remain under wraps.


One in three higher education students think about suicide or self-harm, report says

By Don Vukovic (ABC Online)

A new study has found levels of anxiety among TAFE and university students are reaching “alarming” levels, with 35 per cent experiencing self-harm or suicidal thoughts in the past 12 months. The research, by leading mental health group Headspace and the National Union of Students, surveyed 2,600 Australian tertiary students between the ages of 17 and 25. “We know that self-harm rates are increasing, with one in three experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm over the last 12 months,” Headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said.

Link to report


Preschool teachers in Australia encouraged to focus on non-gendered play

By Joseph Patrick McCormick (Pink News)

In Victoria, Australia, preschool children will be encouraged away from “gendered play” under a new policy. A professional learning kit which is being rolled out after a trial this year, aims to encourage teachers to guide children away from “gendered play”, in order to encourage equality and to help tackle family violence. As well as encouraging non-gendered play with the kids, teachers are also encouraged to reflect on “conscious and unconscious biases”, reports the Australian.


Australian Government to Turn Children into ‘Fairy Tale Detectives’ to Spot Sexism in Kids’ Books

By Lukas Mikelionis (Heatstreet)

The Australia’s Victorian government has introduced new measures to tackle family violence by asking preschoolers to become “fairy tale detectives” and spot sexism among fairy tales like Snow White and Cinderella. The “Respectful Relationships” curriculum will apply to all school students, including preschool children, to fight gender-based violence, the Herald Sun reports. The $21.8 million program will look into all preschool books and toys to evaluate whether they encourage certain gender stereotypes.


NAPLAN: Queensland pulls out of online trial saying it will disadvantage students

By Gail Burke (ABC News)

Queensland students will not participate in the online pilot of NAPLAN testing next month over a number of glitches the Education Minister says will disadvantage school kids. More than 100 Queensland schools, including about 68 state schools, were due to take part in next month’s online national literacy and numeracy test. Ms Jones has ordered her department to pull schools out after a number of glitches were identified. She said, for example, one question remained on the screen the entire numeracy test, obscuring other questions and answers.


Govt hiding plans to cut $30 bln from schools, with poorest students to be hardest hit: Plibersek

By Julie Doyle (ABC Radio)

As the first term of the school year comes to a close parents and teachers are becoming increasingly worried about education funding arrangements for next year and beyond. The country’s Education Ministers are meeting in Hobart tomorrow but the Federal Government is keeping its funding plans under wraps until June. Independent and Catholic schools are worried they’re in line for funding cuts and are urging the Government to make its intentions known.


How ethical is sexual assault research?

By Bianca Fileborn (The Conversation)

Thirty-nine Australian universities will now individually release the findings of a national research project on sexual assault and harassment on campus.

The “Respect. Now. Always.” project, launched in February 2016, has involved two phases:

·         an open call for submissions from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

·         an online survey with a randomly selected sample of current university students.


Why I use emoji in research and teaching

By Jennifer Fane (The Conversation)

It’s probably not for the reasons you think. Yes, they’re fun and eye catching. But they’re also an incredibly useful tool in research and teaching. For young children, emoji can aid inclusion in aspects of society previously closed to them, such as active participation in increasing knowledge of childhood well-being, and being heard in educational and care settings. Emoji can also support children’s learning in areas of health, well-being, safety and diversity. These are key aspects of supporting children in becoming knowledgeable, confident and informed citizens, essential aspects of high quality education.

 What are ACER Certificates in Mathematics and Reading?

ACER Certificates in Mathematics and Reading help students to engage and progress their learning by:

  • setting challenging personal goals toward higher levels of knowledge and skill
  • gaining formal recognition by one of the world’s leading educational research centres
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses to inform personal learning plans, and
  • benchmarking their achievement against other Australian students




Shreela Pradhan

Office Coordinator

Professional Teachers’ Council (PTC) NSW

Mail: PO Box 699 Lidcombe NSW 1825

Phone: 02 97160378   Fax: 02 95642342

Email: shreela.pradhan@ptc.


PTC NSW Patron – Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO


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Professional Teachers Council News

Answer to ATAR crisis is less marketing and a rethink of first degrees
By George Morgan (Sydney Morning Herald)
There is a common perception that only the best and brightest should enjoy the privilege, and derive the benefits, of studying at university. This informs the idea (myth perhaps) that we live in a meritocratic society, where social mobility is available to those with talent who work hard. So the revelations this week that universities are ignoring their own published entry standards to offer places to low-ATAR applicants must sully the sense of achievement felt by other new students.

2016 – A year for global understanding and action
While you are planning for 2016, the United Nations is looking ahead to 2030 and how to realise its vision for a world without poverty. In September 2015, 193 countries adopted a huge new agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…There is a range of stimulating resources available for teachers serious about developing global awareness in students. As well as the graphics and data available from the United Nations, contact your local Geography Teachers’ Association and check out the teaching sections on aid agency websites such as UNICEF, Save the Children, Red Cross, Caritas or Care’s Global Poverty Teacher’s Toolkit.

Exodus from public to private schools stops
By Mathew Knott, Henrietta Cook & Judith Ireland (The Sydney Morning Herald)
According to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released on Thursday, 65.2 per cent of Australian students attended public schools, up from 65.1 per cent the previous year. The proportion of students in non-government schools dropped from 34.9 per cent in 2014 to 34.8 per cent. In Victoria, 63 per cent of students attended public schools in 2015, up from 62.8 per cent the previous year. In NSW, 65.3 per cent of students attended public schools in 2015, up from 65.1 in 2014. NSW public school enrolments grew by 1.1 per cent over the year, on par with the 1.2 per cent growth in the non-government sector.

Finger tracing can help students solve maths problems
By Paul Ginns & Janette Bobis (The Conversation)
Using the index finger to trace over advanced and multi-step maths problems can help students with problem solving, new research shows. Tracing can assist learning not only for spatial topics such as triangles and angle relationships, but also for non-spatial tasks such as learning the order of tasks in arithmetic problems. The index finger plays a vital role in early learning. The specific gesture of pointing with the index finger is common across all cultures as a means of guiding attention.