As reported this week: Under the new National Professional Standards for Teachers, there was to be an opportunity for teachers who achieved certification as ‘Highly Accomplished’ and ‘Lead’ to receive one-off bonus payments of $7,500 and $10,000, respectively. The Queensland government has knocked back the opportunity because it has refused to fund the certification process for Queensland teachers. No doubt this will cause significant backlash; however, it begs the question of why the States are being asked to fund a federal initiative in the first place.
In addition, there is a suggestion that teachers may have to pay for their own certification under any system that exists in the future (regardless of the State in which they teach). Kevin Bates (QTU president) has said that teachers will need to spend “a substantial amount of money” to apply for certification. Does Kevin know something that we don’t? Worryingly, it seems the precedent has already been set in the USA.
Asking teachers to pay so that someone can confirm they are a good teacher seems a bit rich, considering there is not likely to be any real financial benefit (unless the off payments become regular payments and/or certification is linked to remuneration)!
It seems to me that what is needed is a national approach.