The NSW/ACT IEU has launched a campaign for an increase in pay rates for members supervising trainee teachers during their practicum. As a first step, teachers in Catholic systemic schools are endorsing a pay claim raising the current prac rate of $21.20 per day to $39 per day. Current rates are an insult and have not been updated for 20 years. In the case of secondary teachers one method is as low as $12.45 per day.
The IEU considers the rates should be increased in line with the CPI.
The Union is recommending members not accept student teachers on the current rates from Term 2, 2014. The IEU has advised universities of the urgency of our claim. Universities receive indexed funding to support the practicum.
The supervision of trainee teachers involves professional consultation and should be suitably compensated. It's time for recognition of the critical role teachers play in sharing their expertise with those entering the profession.