I am concerned that Federation has failed to restructure itself to support teachers in the environment of Local Schools, Local Decisions.
At the current time, principals in schools have been given increasing freedom to manage the affairs of their schools, a move that could result in localised negative impacts on teachers. Yet Federation has maintained a centralised philosophy of fighting the big bureaucrats in “Bridge Street” when the reality is that teachers are facing increased pressure from a local context.
What particularly concerns me is that since the introduction of Local Schools, Local Decisions Federation has remained unchanged in the way that it offers support to principals and teachers.
Under the Local Schools, Local Decisions model it is no longer acceptable that a one-size-fits-all union exists for principals and teachers. It is time for principals have their own union and for Federation to represent the interests of teachers.
I don’t wish to see Federation marginalised simply because it is too slow to adapt its governance to a new educational landscape.
Ariah Park Central School