A range of strategies called for at Federation’s Rural Education Conference have been taken up in part by Education Minister Adrian Piccoli’s new blueprint for rural and remote education.
The conference called for promotion of rural and remote education, provision of additional incentives to attract and retain teachers, and more support for professional learning.
More than 150 teachers from diverse rural towns and cities including Burke, Wagga, Murwillumbah, Tooleybuc and Peak Hill attended the conference on November 2.
Teachers participated in workshops on work health and safety; staffing; professional learning; student access to learning and support services; Aboriginal education; homophobia; protecting rights and entitlements; and community campaigning.
The sessions provided the opportunity for rural and remote teachers to network, discuss ideas, develop recommendations and contribute to Federation campaigns and policy development.
Federation will use the ideas, recommendations and strategies developed in conference workshops to inform union campaigns and policy development for public education in rural and remote areas.
The teachers also welcomed the launch of the Federation’s Rural handbook. The handbook provides advice and information for teachers and trainee teachers who are considering teaching in rural and remote schools or have been appointed to these schools.
It outlines entitlements such as locality allowances and transfers as well as information on a range of support services for rural and remote teachers.