More schools opt to have a say on teacher selection

15 August 2015 -

NSW public schools are embracing the opportunity to choose teaching staff, as the NSW Government continues to deliver on its commitment to hand them more decision-making power.

The percentage of classroom teachers chosen on merit, as well as through scholarships and targeted recruitment of outstanding graduates, has increased from 39 per cent to almost 70 per cent over the past five years.

More than 92 per cent of executive teacher and principal positions are now filled via merit selection, up from 77 per cent and 81 per cent respectively in 2010.
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli welcomed the school community involvement in selecting more staff, while meeting with recently appointed Deputy Principal Monica Cidem at Strathfield South Public School.

"We've handed schools more decision-making power by delivering Local Schools, Local Decisions and it's great to see that schools are using it," Mr Piccoli said.
"This has been done while retaining the important benefits of a statewide staffing system which ensures the Department of Education is able meet the staffing needs of all schools.

"Schools are best placed to determine their priorities and recruit the best candidates to meet the needs of their students.

"Selection panels for merit based appointments can include parents, as well as staff from the school."

The number of transfers in NSW public schools decreased from 2197 in 2010, to 906 in 2014.

Under the Local Schools, Local Decisions reforms, NSW public schools can choose how to fill at least every second vacancy once incentive transfers and Aboriginal employment applicants are placed. Incentive transfers remain to ensure teacher supply in rural and remote schools.

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