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Staffing of A.C.T. schools 1974



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File No: 86/73 For Release: 20 September 1973

STAFFING OF A.C.T. SCHOOLS 1974

The Minister for Education, Mr. Kim Beazley, . today announced staffing details for A.C.T. schools for 1974 when they will come under the full control of the Australian Government.

He said it had been necessary to develop a staffing structure for both the A.C.T. and the N.T., consistent with the provisions of the Commonwealth Teaching Service Act, to meet the differing educational structures and needs of the two Territories.

The new staffing structures had been influenced by the 1972 Neal/Radford report - 'Teachers for Commonwealth Schools' - and by the Report of the Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission. They would provide suitable

career opportunities for teachers in,the various teaching categories - pre-school, primary and secondary - together w i t h 'opportunities for educational innovation by allowing each school principal considerable discretion in staff and

program management. .

Among the proposals outlined by Mr. Beazley were:

. all primary and secondary schools, other than small rural schools, would have non-teaching , ■ principals; "

' . some relief from teaching duties would be provided for senior professional staff and for teachers in their first year of service;

. an improved ratio of staff to pupils would ' give teachers more time for lesson preparation . and professional care' of children;

. every primary school would have a full-time . teacher-librarian and every high school would have two, subject to the availability of . "

suitably trained personnel. The training of- ' . such teacher-librarians is a feature of the . Report of the Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission; .

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. positions of Master Teacher would' be provided at all levels of education - pre-school, primary and secondary - to enable teachers of high professional skill to assist in the

development of teaching staff. The number of Master Teachers would depend upon the . availability of suitable men and women and on the development of effective professional roles

for them;

. some large single unit pre-schools would have . an additional teacher in 1974 to increase the ' · availability of pre-school education;

. salary structures for pre-school and primary teachers would be linked.

Mr. Beazley welcomed the assistance provided to his Department by school principals and teachers, representatives of the A.C.T. Parents Council and others. The. changes which had been adopted for 1974 could be .

regarded as a first step in a program of school improvement which the A.C.T. Schools Authority could be expected to develop. e

Mr. Beazley expressed the hope that teachers in both the A.C.T. and the Northern Territory who had not already done so would make a decision about joining the Commonwealth Teaching Service. The staffing proposals

had been developed in co-operation with the acting Commissioner of the Commonwealth Teaching Service, who had already taken initial steps to recruit teachers to - vacant positions in 1974.

The number of teaching positions provided for 1974 represented ah, increase over 1973 staffing

levels. The filling of' these positions would depend on the ability of the Commonwealth Teaching Service to recruit suitably qualified teachers willing to teach in the ■ Australian Capital Territory.

. Because some teachers would want to return to N.S.W., a greater than usual turnover of teaching staff could be expected before the new school year opened. To achieve the greatest possible stability in the allocation

of teaching personnel, full use would be made of the qualifications of existing staff as far as possible in the schools in which they were currently located and . movement between schools would be minimised. Staff would be allocated to schools at the beginning of the year on the basis of estimated maximum enrolment for the year.

. Mr. Beazley said that his Department would have available within a few days a detailed statement on the professional staffing proposals for A.C.T. schools. .

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. Proposals for increased ancillary staff in

all types of schools were under consideration and would be the subject of a further announcement in the near future, . .

FURTHER INFORMATION: Mr. D. Hood Tel. : 81 7004

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