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Catholic EA Update – 26 October 2021

Members in Catholic schools will soon be receiving a 2.35% salary increase in anticipation of the finalisation of an Enterprise Agreement (EA) document for voting in early 2022. The employers agreed to the IEU request in light of the length of negotiations and the progress …

2.35% increase and backpay for Catholic School Staff Members before Christmas

Imminent salary and allowance increases A joint announcement from the SA Catholic School Employers and the Independent Education Union SA to Catholic School Staff Members  As you are aware, negotiations between the SA Catholic School Employers and the Independent Education Union (SA) towards a revised Enterprise …

National Safe Work Month

October is National Safe Work Month—a time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace. During October each year, Safe Work Australia ask workers and employers across Australia to commit to safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians. Being healthy and safe means being …

Equity, or the lack of… and the school curriculum

The OECD Report Equity and Quality in Education: SUPPORTING DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS identifies that the highest performing education systems are those that combine equity with quality. They give all children opportunities for a good quality education. School failure penalises a child for life. The …

Outdoor play for children – so many lessons to learn…

A recent study in the United Kingdom found that on average, children aged 10 to 16 now spend only 12.6 minutes a day on vigorous outdoor activity compared with 10.4 waking hours being relatively motionless. These statistics would be understandable where lockdowns restrict activities in …

Health Literacy – a vital skill for students

If the current pandemic environment has taught us anything, it is that the need for sound health literacy, and the ability to critically assess health information for credibility is vital for students (and their educators and parents). Every Australian has had to cope with extra …

Parents, teachers and schools play a critical role in reducing prejudice

Professor Fiona White, leading expert from the new documentary The School That Tried to End Racism (ABC Education TV), writes: “parents and teachers play a critical role in working together to reduce prejudice and racism before they become so deeply entrenched in children that they …

IEU(SA) Women’s Professional Learning Day

A large group of IEU women members, from a cross-section of school sectors and cultures, spent the last Friday of the October term break taking advantage of 6 hours of free professional learning and networking (not forgetting the great coffee and food from the staff …

IEU presents at the SASTA Early Careers Conference 2021

Last month, Tim Oosterbaan (IEU Pre-service Teacher Coordinator) was invited to present to early pre-service and early career teachers at the SA Science Teachers Association (SASTA) Early Careers Conference. The conference was well organised as usual and held at Nazareth College, Kidman Park. Apart from …