Letter recently received from Sub-branch Secretary21-03-2011
Towards the end of 2010 it became apparent that the Primary Special class would have more than the anticipated, or planned for enrolments in 2011. Concerns were immediately raised about our ability to provide a safe, supportive learning environment for the students in the class, within the current allocation of staffing.
The AEU promptly sent Anne Crawford and Daniel Pereira to consult staff and play a supportive role in presenting our concerns to DECS.
It was the prompt and positive support afforded us that enabled us to receive 0.5 teacher and 30 hours SSO above entitlements, through a RAAP application. The Primary Special Options class now has 14 students (instead of the recommended 12).
Without the AEU’s efforts we would not have been able to provide a safe, supportive and enriching learning program for these students and our staff.