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  • Volunteer as a Peer Support Consultant

    As you continue growing in your teaching career, you may feel the desire to give back to the profession in the same way that others helped you at various pointsRead more

  • The Struggle is Real: Peer Support may be for you

    Teaching is a very highly stressful profession with many layers of complexity. There are many reasons over a teacher’s career where we may end up struggling and needing support. TeachingRead more

  • Special General Meeting: Wednesday, October 6 at 4pm via Zoom

    We will be holding a Special General Meeting to conduct elections for delegates to the BCTF Provincial Bargaining Conference held on October 28, 29, 30. Do you have ideas aboutRead more

  • Teacher Inquiry Project

    The BCTF Teacher Inquiry Program (TIP) grant applications are now available. Please note that new for the upcoming year: A Dedicated Teacher Inquiry project focusing on teacher mental health, aRead more

  • Health and Safety Recommendations to principal

    Health and Safety Committee members, thank you so much for becoming a health and safety representative. This is an important role in keeping you and your colleagues safe, particularly duringRead more

  • Masks

    Masks are not currently mandatory grades K-3 students, leaving our primary colleagues more exposed to COVID-19. Thank you to those teachers who are also parents of primary students who haveRead more

  • New phones in secondary schools

    We are concerned about the health and safety implications around unreliable phones in classrooms. It has come to our attention that some schools have introduced new, web-based phones. Some membersRead more

  • COVID-19 is still here. Please take care.

    COVID-19 has not gone away as much as we wish it would! While teachers are once again being asked to complete Daily Health checks each day it’s also important toRead more

Land Acknowledgement

Surrey teachers work on the unceded traditional territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Qayqayt and Semiahmoo First Nations. As part of meaningful reconciliation work, we reflect on the impacts of colonialism through self-education in order to be accountable to Indigenous people and pay attention to our students of Indigenous ancestry, providing them the tools for their success in the future. We are all on a path to learn more and understand the role of each of us as educators in healing the broken relationship with the First Peoples of these shared territories. We thank those who live on and care for the land.

Grievance: Failures-to-Fill

The STA has filed a grievance regarding the District’s practice to direct non-enrolling teachers to cover failure to fill for classroom teachers. The STA is therefore collecting data to support this grievance by requesting that staff reps regularly report failures to fill. In an effort to make this task as quick and efficient as possible, we have created a new format for reporting failures to fill.

The Advocate


The Advocate is a seasonal publication for members. The Advocate contains a report from the President, information from the table officers, updates, and information on current educational issues and issues of importance to Surrey teachers.