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The importance of male teachers in the classroom

According to research in 2018, male educators make up just two percent of the workforce in Australian early education, compared to 18 percent in primary schools and around 40 percent in high schools. The rate of decline in new male teachers is alarming, with the …

IEU Speaks – On Gendered Violence

IEU CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RATIFY THE ILO CONVENTION ON GENDERED VIOLENCE AND ADOPT THE RESPECT @ WORK REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS Background 25 November 2020 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  This date marks the brutal assassination in 1960 of the …

Family breakdown – schools stuck in the middle

Teachers are well aware that teaching is only one part of their daily job. The care of their students goes hand-in-hand with delivering education and learning. Teachers deal directly with the emotional and social well-being of their students, particularly when a student’s parents separate. With …

Start of school checklist – 7 tips to get your year started!

As the year draws to a close, schools and their staff are organising themselves for the new school year. Changes of work place, new or altered working hours and contracts – even beginning the journey as a new teacher – they all require you to …

IEU(SA) – Reps of the year…

The IEU Rep’s role is vital to the IEU’s work protecting members’ rights and entitlements and, as such, the role comes with certain rights and responsibilities. Jenny and Jon have been very active Reps for the IEU and have participated as part of the 2020 …

Women’s Professional Learning Day – Event Summary

Our annual Professional Learning (PL) Day for women members was held on Thursday 12 November in the IEU Boardroom, having been postponed last term due to COVID and social distancing requirements. Ten women members attended. Three very practical and interactive sessions provided the members with …

Feminism in the Pub – Event Summary

Friday 13 November defied superstition and it was a fantastic day at the pub! The IEU(SA) Equity Committee had planned to have a ‘Feminism in the Pub’ session each term this year, but sadly, COVID-19 put a spanner in the works, so the first session …

Work Health & Safety for Education Support Staff

Non-teaching staff work in many different environments such as: offices, laboratories, libraries, classrooms, maintenance workshops, school grounds and buses. This exposes them to a wide range of health and safety risks including: extreme weather conditions hazardous chemicals infections lack of resources for the requirements of …

Kylie Sumner – NGS Scholarship Winner 2020

My vision for All Saints Catholic Primary School is to ensure that our staff and children are able to have an understanding of the local language and culture. It is therefore important that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is targeted in an authentic and …

Duty of Care – does it apply to support staff as well?

Reprinted with permission – original article appeared in IE Magazine, Issue 3, Vol 50, 2020. Education support staff are increasingly aware there can be legal consequences for the things that happen in the course of doing their jobs. Students get hurt. Parents get angry. People …