The Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (representing the 11 Catholic dioceses across NSW and the ACT) rejected the concept of a promotions position being developed to manage ‘new’ work emanating from BOSTES in relation to assisting teachers gain proficiency status, managing trainee teachers and those teachers who may by choice aspire to highly accomplished status. The provision of accredited PD within school time also demands significant input.
It is pertinent to note that a number of dioceses are now creating positions both unpaid and paid to professionally manage the standards model agreed to in 2015. The reality is employers now understand that rejecting the Union’s submission was ill advised.
The standards model is a two way street. That is employers have clear cut responsibilities (via the Teacher Accreditation Authority processes – read your employer) to support those new to the profession.
The newly developed Teacher Accreditation Authority manual provides a regulatory framework to ensure school based process are fair and reasonable.