Priority Items

Final week to complete Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) 2021 (Ref: 168/21)

Notice for schools with kindergarten students: This is the final week to complete the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) 2021.

  • Please review your Teacher Pack and School Leader Pack for instructions on completing.
  • Schools will be immediately issued with an Early School Profile upon completion.
  • School invoices are to be submitted by 17th September 2021.
  • Contact the AEDC Helpdesk with any issues or questions –

Professional Learning

Deadline extended: Instructional Strategies Systematic Instruction - Short Course Term 3 (Ref: 169/21)

We appreciate how busy the end of term is for school staff, so we extended the deadline for applications in the next short course with Dr Bree Jimenez (University of Texas).

This professional learning short course targets the evidence-based instructional strategy of Systemic Instruction for students with disabilities.

What is Systemic Instruction?

This course will cover a series of systematic instructional strategies such as time delay, choral responding and task analysis that are evidenced based for having highly effective outcomes for students with autism and intellectual disability. Using universal design principles, these strategies will allow all students to better engage with age and stage appropriate curriculum content.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • be proficient in the use of systematic instruction as an instructional strategy to support students
  • through one-to-one live coaching, develop the tools to successfully implement response prompting procedures within their classroom
  • trial systematic instruction procedures in their classrooms with selected students and collect student data to identify how students are responding to the instructional strategies


Teachers (specialist or otherwise) in both systemic and non-systemic schools, who have direct daily contact in classrooms with a consistent cohort of students


Sound like a teaching strategy you would like to implement in your classroom?
Learn more HERE and complete a short application to apply.




Children’s Guardian Amendment (Child Safe Scheme) Bill 2021 (NSW) – 10 Child Safe Standards (Ref: 167/21)

The Children’s Guardian Amendment (Child Safe Scheme) Bill 2021 (NSW) (the Bill) has now passed the Legislative Assembly.

The Bill seeks to introduce into law the 10 Child Safe Standards which were recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. To recap, the 10 Child Safe Standards are as follows:

  1. Child safety is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
  2. Children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
  3. Families and communities are informed and involved.
  4. Equity is upheld, and diverse needs are taken in to account.
  5. People working with children are suitable and supported.
  6. Processes to respond to complaints of child abuse are child focused.
  7. Staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training.
  8. Physical and online environments minimise the opportunity for abuse to occur.
  9. Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is continuously reviewed and improved.
  10. Policies and procedures document how the organisation is child safe.

To prepare for the likely passing of the Bill (which is anticipated to be before the end of the year), it would be prudent for schools to:

–  Review their current child safety framework and procedures to ensure the Child Safe Standards are addressed and can be implemented (if they have not already been); and

–  Develop a plan to show that there is continuous review and improvement of the framework and procedures, as required by Standard 9.

Click here for more information about the 10 Child Safe Standards.


Modern Slavery eLearning Module – Complimentary Access (Ref: 164/21)

Catholic Schools NSW is participating in the Australian Catholic Anti-slavery Network (ACAN) Modern Slavery Risk Management Program alongside 35 other Catholic organisations from education, health & aged care, dioceses, social services, finance and investment.

Modern slavery is an umbrella term that includes:

  • Trafficking in persons
  • The worst forms of child labour
  • Slavery or slavery-like conditions
  • Debt bondage
  • Deceptive recruiting for labour or services
  • Forced labour
  • Servitude

According to the 2018 Global Slavery Index 40.3 million people are enslaved in the world today, with the highest number in the Asia Pacific region. Of those people trapped in slavery in the Asia Pacific region some 70% are women and girls.

The first step of the ACAN Program is to commence engagement with staff to build an understanding of modern slavery risks and impacts.  For this purpose, ACAN has produced a series of highly interactive e-learning modules to access professional, factual and engaging training materials.

The first of five modules is now accessible for no cost to all Catholic Schools NSW member schools via this link

ACAN’s modern slavery eLearning modules include:

  • Module 1: Modern Slavery 101
  • Module 2: Business Relevance
  • Module 3: Implementing a Modern Slavery Risk Management Program
  • Module 4: Modern Slavery Risk Management for Suppliers
  • Module 5: Remedy Pathway

Catholic organisations can access more information about the 2021-2023 ACAN Modern Slavery Risk Management Program including over 30 templates, tools and resources via this link

We strongly encourage schools to think about how modern slavery risks may impact on them and their supply chains (for example, those supply chains relevant to school uniforms, sporting equipment, IT and stationery needs), and reach out to their Diocese education office to find out more about ACAN membership. We can also assist in answering any questions about ACAN or modern slavery more generally via our Legal Hotline on  1800 4Catholic Schools New South Wales (1800 427 679).


School Newsletter

Phonics screening check available for schools (Ref: 161/21)

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, developed by the NSW Department of Education, is an optional online reading assessment available to both diocesan Catholic schools and schools operated by Religious Institutes and Ministerial Public Juridic Persons, with a Year 1 student cohort.

Schools that choose to use the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will have the flexibility to schedule the assessment to best suit their school and student needs within the assessment window.

Online professional learning will be available to support both the administration of the assessment and the analysis of results. More information including how to access to Professional Learning will be available after opting in.

The access fee is $2 per student for schools not participating in the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan (2017-2021). Schools will be invoiced for the access fees following the assessment window.

Additional information is available in this factsheet.

The assessment window is in term 3.

2 August 2021 – 20 August 2021

To participate in the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check schools must register by Thursday 24 June using this link.

For additional information please contact


Employment Opportunities

Senior Legal Counsel (Ref: 162/21)

An employment opportunity at Catholic Schools New South Wales for the role of Senior Legal Counsel is open for applications. This position will support the Chief Legal and Risk Officer by delivering reliable, high quality legal advice and related compliance services to the Chief Executive Officer and senior Catholic Schools NSW employees.

This position may suit someone who is looking to move from a highly regulated environment such as financial services to a new regulatory environment with significant compliance and regulatory requirements.

This is a full-time role and is subject to a Working with Children Check.

Please apply with cover letter and resume through the following links:


Catholic Jobs Online

Human Resources:


Assistant Company Secretary (Ref: 163/21)

This position will support the Company Secretary and the Chief Legal and Risk Officer by undertaking all administration activities required to support the work of the Catholic Schools New South Wales Board and its Committees.

The purpose of this role is to ensure the efficient and effective operations of Catholic Schools New South Wales Board meetings and related activities and to deliver high quality support to the board of Catholic Schools New South Wales.

This is a part-time role, three days per week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and may suit someone returning to the workforce or stepping back from a more senior role. This role is subject to a NSW Working with Children Check.

Please apply with cover letter and resume through the following links:

Catholic Jobs Online

Human Resources:



Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales Awards are open (Ref: 170/21)

The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales Awards are open to recognise outstanding educators in 2021.


Research Award

The “Guild Research Award” is offered to a Postgraduate Student and/or Experienced Teacher in NSW or ACT schools, who is currently completing or completed a research of direct benefit to classroom teaching within the last two years.

2021 Guild Research Award Presentation

Date: Friday 27 August 2021
Venue: Concord Golf Club
Cost: This is a free event
Time: 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Click here for the Research Award nomination form 2021
Click here to find out more about our Research Award

Nominations close by 5.00PM, Friday 25 June 2021


World Teachers’ Day

Honouring teachers with the World Teachers’ Recognition Certificate who have made a wonderful contribution to their school in advancing the education profession.

Click here for nomination form 2021
Click here to view past award winners

Nominations close by 5.00PM, Saturday 25 September 2021


Honorary Fellowship of the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales 

Applying is simple. Perhaps you, yourself, will apply. If you believe you are eligible, please do! But please also forward this to colleagues who deserve this recognition. There are so many of them, and we’d love to be able to recognise them. Existing members, or current non-members, may make an application to the Guild for Honorary Fellowship of the Guild.

Click here to see past recipients

Register here for New Membership

Click here if you are an existing TGNSW Member

You will not regret a moment of your time, invested for your own recognition, or for that of valued colleagues.

Let’s recognise the outstanding and accomplished teachers among us. Applicants need not be current members of the Guild.

 For any enquiries please contact the Secretariat: