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  • Early Childhood Education and Care update

    ​The NSW Government recently advised of three matters relevant to schools providing Early Childhood Education and Care services. More

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  • Applications for 2016 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards now open

    ​Launched by the Commonwealth Bank and Schools Plus, twelve fellowships worth $45,000 each are available to outstanding teachers and school leaders. Each fellow will receive $10,000 for professional development and participation in a year-long program, a group visit to Singapore valued at $5,000, and $30,000 to put towards a significant project at their school. Applications close 5pm 30 November.

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  • Australian Government CRICOS briefing

    AISNSW is hosting a briefing at its Sydney headquarters on Friday, 26th August, to assist schools to gain a deeper understanding of Australian Government requirements for delivering courses to overseas students (CRICOS).

    Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DET) officers will present information on ESOS legislation, DET's role in school compliance and PRISMS. It is anticipated the session will assist all schools delivering (or considering delivering) courses to overseas students.

    Schools are invited to nominate up to four senior staff who have responsibility for CRICOS requirements and overseas students. Participants with an AISNSW user profile are invited to register online. To establish a user profile please go to www.aisnsw.edu.au.

    Date: Friday, 26th August 2016
    Time: 12:45pm to 3:00pm
    Venue: AISNSW, Level 12, 99 York Street, Sydney

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  • UNSW Built Environment Arcadia Landscape Architecture Scholarship for Indigenous Students

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship for Landscape Architecture at UNSW  Applications are open for the Built Environment Arcadia Landscape Architecture Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, a new tertiary scholarship available to study Landscape Architecture at UNSW.  Indigenous students are encouraged to enter and help shape an industry which will benefit from their cultural perspective. Included is a flyer that gives a brief explanation of the scholarship and the degree.

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  • New AIS website and support document for Teacher Accreditation Authorities

    ​The AIS has developed a support document, Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities, now available through the new AIS Services/Education Regulations/Teacher Accreditation Authorities section of the AIS website.  The document provides information, advice, draft policies and templates for procedures to assist schools to address new BOSTES TAA Guidelines, which came into effect on 1st January 2016.

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  • New draft Attendance and Exemptions Policy

    ​The AIS has published a new draft Attendance and Exemptions Policy, which schools may customise for their own use in response to for school registration requirements of Section 3.8 of the BOSTES Manual. Previously, the AIS provided two separate draft policies (one for Attendance, the other for Exemptions), however these two areas have been combined into one policy template, now available through the revised Education Regulations/Attendance web page.

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  • 2015 Annual Report guide now available

    ​The AIS guide to requirements for annual reporting has been updated and is now available on the Government Education Policy – School Reporting - web page. The guide includes

    • a summary of requirements
    • a sample school policy for educational and financial reporting
    • advice and explanatory information about what should be included in annual reports
    • a checklist for assisting in compliance with requirements of both the NSW and Australian Governments
    • new advice about issues most commonly identified by the BOSTES for attention in the reports for 2014.

    Further information is available from the Government Education Policy Team on (02) 9299 2845.

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  • Student Attendance webpage updated

    The AIS Education Regulations (Student Attendance) website has been redesigned to provide more streamlined access to information, advice and documents related to enrolment and attendance matters.

    While the content of the page is not new, schools should now find it easier to locate advice and documents they need in relation to:

    • Legislation around compulsory school age and school leaving age
    • Responsibilities of parents
    • Responsibilities of schools
    • Attendance Codes
    • Delegations of principals to approve applications for exemption from attendance or enrolment
    • Guidelines, procedures and collated forms, particularly in relation to exemptions
    • Applications for Leave for Travel (no longer an exemption)
    • Strategies for Improving Attendance.

    Schools are invited to seek further assistance on attendance and enrolment matters from the AIS Education Regulations and Program Implementation Team on 9299 2845.​

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  • AIS School Conference 2016

    The annual AIS School Conference 2016: Shared Purpose, Different Journeys – Focusing in Impact , will be held in the Hunter Valley in August.

    School leaders, middle leaders and teachers are invited to attend this educational conference to consider how to best drive school improvement and effectiveness.   Highly experienced international and national educational leaders will explore the drivers of authentic school improvement and provide delegates with the opportunity to share their school journey and consider new ways of transforming learning and teaching.

    Dates: 25th June to 26th August  2016

    Venue: Crown Plaza, Hunter Valley​

    For further conference information and registration details click 'More' below.

     

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  • Courageous Leadership 2016

    The NSW Heads of Independent Co-Educational Schools (HICES) is hosting its sixth national conference Courageous Leadership 2016, to be held in Sydney in June.

    School leaders, middle managers and teachers from Independent schools across Australia are invited to attend the conference to hear from elite Australian and international leaders in the political, education, business, arts and sporting space. Each speaker will address the most pressing and contemporary issues facing Independent school leaders while presenting inspirational and thought-provoking themes.

    Dates: 26th June to 28th June 2016

    Venue: Novatel Brighton Beach Hotel Sydney

    For conference information and registration​.

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  • Simplified Student Visa Framework commences 1 July 2016

    A simplified student visa framework (SSVF) is expected to commence on 1 July 2016.

    Key changes announced by the Australian Government under the SSVF are:

    • a reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two; and
    • the introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.

      The SSVF provides an indication of the level of financial capacity and English language proficiency related documentation that the student would need to provide with their student visa application, based on the combined immigration risk outcomes of the student's education provider and country of citizenship.
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  • Applications close 13 May - Rural and Remote ECT Scholarships

    The Department of Education's Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate has announced that applications are now open for Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teacher Scholarships.

    Thirty scholarships worth up to $10,000 each are available for study in the 2017 academic year.

    The scholarships are offered to assist Diploma-qualified educators working in non-metropolitan long day care services, or centre-based or mobile preschools in NSW to undertake a Bachelor Degree leading to an ACECQA approved, four year, university qualified early childhood teacher qualification.

    A limited number of scholarship places are available for students who wish to commence study later in the 2016 academic year.

    Applications close on Friday 13 May 2016.

    The Department of Education can provide further online information including eligibility criteria through FAQs and a downloadable Application Form.

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  • Sponsorships available - Early Childhood Reconciliation Symposium

    The Department of Education is offering to pay for fees and travel costs for up to six regional participants from the early childhood sector, to attend the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) 2016 Reconciliation Symposium at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park on 13–14 May 2016.

    To apply for a sponsorship to attend, participants need to send an expression of interest to ecec.funding@det.nsw.edu.au by 28 April 2016.

    For further information please contact Lisa Tang in the Department of Education on 9244 5645.

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  • Annual school reports due 30th June

    Schools are reminded of the requirement to produce and publicly disclose a 2015 annual school report by Thursday, 30th June 2016. Schools must publish their annual report online and also submit an electronic copy to the BOSTES through RANGS Online by the due date.

    The AIS Education Regulations Team has prepared a guide to Australian and NSW Government requirements for the 2015 annual school report.

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  • The Longest Dreaming in History - a storytelling workshop

    Partnering with the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS), The Longest Dreaming in History Workshop will be provided via the Powerhouse Museum's state of the art video-conferencing facilities. Presented by the Sydney Story Factory and led by talented Storyteller Russ Smith, a proud descendent of the Ngarrindgeri nation, these workshops are the perfect opportunity for students to develop their writing skills in preparation for entering their short stories for this year's competition.

    The workshops will provide students with the opportunity to explore significant events in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' culture and history. Using drama games and other pre-writing activities, the workshops will build student skills in preparation for a piece of writing that explores an event outlined in the Schools' Reconciliation Challenge 'Always Was, Always Will Be' timeline; the timeline includes events as varied as the story of the Brewarrina Fish Traps and the establishment of the Tent Embassy. Students will be encouraged to place themselves at the event, empathising with the characters involved and exploring their own understanding of the event.

    The purpose of the workshop is to have students begin a piece of writing they will be able to complete in class and then enter in the School's Reconciliation Challenge, prior to the closing date of June 10, 2016.

    Workshop dates:         

    Monday 16, Tuesday 17 and Thursday 19 May, 2016.

    For further details about the storytelling workshops visit www.nswreconciliation.org.au or email schools@nswreconciliation.org.au

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