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The Hon. Carmel Tebbutt, MLC

Minister for Education and Training

Embargo: 6am, Thursday, 16 February 2005



Principals will be able to recruit teachers locally as a result of staffing changes to be introduced in Government schools, Education Minister, Carmel Tebbutt, said today.

This follows a Staffing Agreement between the NSW Government and the Teachers Federation which comes into effect on the first day of Term 2, 2005.

“We are giving principals a greater say in choosing teachers in NSW public schools while maintaining our commitment to making sure every school has staff in place,” Ms Tebbutt, said.

“The new agreement gives principals a greater ability to recruit teachers to their own schools and further strengthens our detailed plans for quality teaching in more than 2200 schools throughout NSW.

“It’s the result of constructive negotiations with the NSW Teachers Federation that began in November 2004, and means:

• Schools will be able to recruit teachers locally to vacant positions from the list of teachers awaiting placement. Principals will be able to choose the most suitable applicant from 5 candidates through interview.

• Schools will also appoint to permanent positions 300 casual teachers each year who are currently working effectively in local schools.

• Principals and executives seeking a transfer to another school will need to meet specific criteria that reflect the needs of that school.

• The priority and service transfer of teachers has been retained to ensure that all classes across the State are staffed, including those in remote areas.”

Ms Tebbutt said the changes followed NSW Government measures to allow greater flexibility in the appointment of principals, including their recruitment from outside the NSW education system.

“The NSW Government has also introduced the Institute of Teachers to set minimum standards for teachers, and is providing professional development opportunities for teachers through a $144 million package over four years announced at the last election to improve the quality of teaching in schools in NSW.

“In addition, the Department will be seeking to employ up to 1,000 teachers through its graduate teacher recruitment program for the 2006 school year.”

Ms Tebbutt said the NSW Government was working hard to provide students across NSW with the highest quality in public education.

“I welcome the new agreement, and look forward to attracting and keeping the very best teachers in the public school system.”

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