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MPs visit schools to assess NCCD success

Yesterday, Meryl Swanson, member for Paterson, and Andrew Giles, Shadow Minister for Schools, visited two schools in Swanson’s electorate: St Peter’s Campus of All Saints College in Maitland, NSW and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School in Tarro, NSW. They talked with principals, teachers and support staff about issues related to additional needs students, teacher workloads and increasing expectations on teachers to collect data on student performance.

The main purpose of their visit was to assess whether the NCCD (National Disability Data Collection) was a useful program in highlighting where additional government resources should be allocated. Andrew Giles asked teachers whether they felt the training they received at university satisfactorily prepared them to teach and support additional needs students. Many teachers felt that it hadn’t provided sufficient training and had to learn on the job.

IEU Organiser, Therese Fitzgibbon coordinated the visit and had the opportunity to brief the MPs on the current dispute between IEU and Catholic Employers, and the significance of arbitration.

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