Late last year teachers working in Association of Independent Schools (AIS) schools voted to adopt new multi enterprise agreements with improved salary rates for either a three or four year period commencing in February 2017.
A large number of these schools (almost 100) voted to accept a ‘Hybrid Model’ salary proposal which will see the Senior Teacher 1 (ST1) classification from 2018 be transformed within a 3 Band salary structure, similar to the Standards Model structure which has been in place for years in many other AIS schools and a range of Catholic independent schools.
Within the Hybrid Model proposal transitional provisions for ST1 classification will apply from 1 February 2017 until 1 January 2018.
A teacher classified as Step 12 or Step 13 may apply for ST1 and be classified at Band 3 level up until January 2018. This means you will complete the ST1 process under current eligibility criteria for assessment as a skilled and competent classroom teacher, rather than undertake the ISTAA process for accreditation at Band 3. The latter process will not apply in Hybrid Model schools within this 12 month period.
The following important timeframes need to be carefully noted:
•a teacher classified as ST1 as at 31 December 2016 will be classified and paid at Band 3 from the first full pay period on or after the date of application
•a teacher classified as Step 13 as at 31 December 2016 will be eligible to apply for classification as ST1 up to the end of 30 April 2017, and
• a teacher classified as Step 12 as at 31 December 2016 will be eligible to apply for classification as ST1 up to the end of Term 4 2017.
Teachers who are eligible to apply for ST1 will need to make a formal application to meet the criteria which are set within Clause 6.2 for Hybrid and Clause 6.6 for Incremental Model schools.
These criteria are reproduced below for your information. For a small number of schools under the Incremental Model MEA, otherwise known as the Steps Model, the provisions for ST1 have not changed. In other words, the eligibility criteria and established timeframes for application are unchanged from previous years.
A teacher will be assessed by the school as a highly skilled and competent teacher in accordance with the following criteria: