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Performance Pay Fact Sheet

Performance Pay Fact Sheet

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A re-elected Gillard Labor Government will implement Australia’s first national system of performance assessment and pay to reward the very best classroom teachers.

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A re-elected Gillard Labor Government will implement Australia’s first national system of performance assessment and pay to reward the very best classroom teachers.

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1Julia Gillard and Labor
Let’s move Australia Forward
 
REWARD PAYMENTS FOR GREAT TEACHERS
A re-
elected Gillard Labor Government will implement Australia’s first national system of 
performance assessment and pay to reward the very best classroom teachers.Federal Labor knows that great schools are created by great teachers and believes greatteachers deserve to be recognised.The Gillard Labor Government will provide the first reward payment to top performingteachers in 2014, based on teacher performance in 2013.Around one in ten, or about 25,000 of the best classroom teachers would receive aperformance bonus each year. Based on current wages, this bonus would be around$8,000 for our most experienced teachers.The Gillard Labor Government will develop a nationally consistent, transparent andequitable performance management system the
‘Australian Teacher PerformanceManagement Principles and Procedures’ so the best perform
ing teachers can beidentified and rewarded.These will be developed by Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership and
will set out the aspects of a teacher’s performance to be assessed and
will coverelements such as:
 
Student achievement.
 
Contribution to the school community including providing support to otherteachers.
 
Contribution to extra-curricular activities
and student support.
All teachers will be required to participate in the performance management frameworkand for the first time, every teacher in the country will be potentially eligible for a bonuspayment if they are a top performer.
 
Reward Payments forGreat Teachers
 
2Julia Gillard and Labor
Let’s move Australia Forward
 
Why do we need to reward the best teachers?
At the core of the Gillard Labor Government’s plan to deliver a world class education
system is the need for better outcomes at each and every school across the country.For the first time, through initiatives such as NAPLAN and MySchool, parents and thebroader community have access to comparable information about learning outcomes attheir local school. This has started a national conversation about accountability and whatschools and teachers could do to improve student performance.The current pay systems do not reward individual effort and performance and do notencourage the best teachers to remain in the classroom. It means that our mostexperienced teachers are tempted to move to the education bureaucracy or into schoolprincipal positions to increase their earnings, or worse
 –
to leave teaching all together
 –
 rather than staying in the classroom where they make the biggest difference tostudents.A recent report from the Grattan Institute,
1
based on OECD data, found that:
 
91 per cent of teachers felt that the most effective teachers in their schools didnot receive the greatest recognition.
 
92 per cent thought they would receive no recognition in their school if theyimproved the quality of their teaching.
 
81 per cent of teachers report that the evaluation of their work has no impact onthe likelihood of their career advancement.Evidence also suggests that pay dispersal for teachers is deteriorating over time. Overthe last 10 ye
ars, teachers’ starting salaries in Australia have increased around 30 per
cent in real terms while salaries at the top of the scale have declined by three percent inreal terms
2
.Performance based pay systems are now common in workplaces across the country.Unlike many other professions, there are no financial returns to reflect ability or skill inteaching, with a rigid pay scale structure that limits the ability to reward for greatereffort in the class room. The reality is that this means the most able teachers are paidthe same salary as the least able.
3
By providing greater reward and recognition forindividual effort and ability, we will move to attract the best and brightest of ourgraduates to the teaching profession. This will ensure Australian children benefit frombetter teaching that will help them reach their full potential.
How will reward payments be made
A re-elected Gillard Government will fund a new National Partnership agreement toprovide bonuses to the very best classroom teachers, supported by a $1.25 billioninvestment.Using the new Australian Teacher Performance Management Principles and Procedures,the top performing teachers eligible for a bonus will be identified by early 2014, basedon their performance in 2013.
1
 
Grattan Institute (2010) What teachers want: better teacher management
 
2
 
1996 and 2007 Teacher salaries drawn from OECD (2009) Education at a Glance, and interpolated by project team
 
3
 
Leigh, A. (2009) What do economists know about schools?
 
 
3Julia Gillard and Labor
Let’s move Australia Forward
 
The reward payment will be made in two instalments, at the start of each semester,starting in semester 1, 2014.As an estimate, the funding from the Federal Government would enable a one-off 10 percent salary bonus to the top 10 per cent of teachers in 2014 for their performance in2013.Based on current wages, this bonus would be up to $8,100, or two payments of $4,050for our most experienced teachers. A teacher in the first few years of their career mightreceive a bonus of around $5,400 dollars in total.
How the best teachers will be identified
The Gillard Labor Government will develop a nationally consistent, robust, equitableperformance management system, the
‘A
ustralian Teacher Performance Management
Principles and Procedures’
(the Principles), so the best performing teachers can beidentified and rewarded.The Principles will be based on the National Professional Standards for Teachers that willbe introduced in schools next year.The Principles will set out the aspects of a
teacher’s
performance to be assessed and willcover elements such as student achievement, contribution to the school community,including providing support to other teachers, teamwork and participation in extra-curricular activity.It is anticipated that the assessment will also take into consideration a range of localfactors as well as nationally consistent standards and information.
Assessment of a teacher’s performance will be based on
a range of methods including:
 
Lesson observations.
 
Analysis of student performance data (including NAPLAN and school basedinformation that can show the valued added by particular teachers).
 
Parental feedback.
 
Teacher qualifications and professional development undertaken.The consultation process will also consider how student feedback could appropriately beincorporated into the assessment.Assessment will be conducted by a panel including the principal, a senior regional staff representative and an independent third party. To ensure the integrity and fairness of the process it will also include an independent review and appeals process.
The Australian Teacher Performance Management Principles & Procedures
Starting this year, the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) willlead the development of the Australian Teacher Performance Management Principlesand Procedures. The development will include detailed consultation with teachersunions, Government, Catholic and Independent education authorities, ACARA,professional teaching bodies, parents and student representatives.This will ensure that the assessment is robust, comprehensive and equitable.

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