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Teaching in the ACT. Do we have a rotation policy?

By Madam Cholet 17 August 2011 22

Having a conversation with my younger brother today about whether he and his wife should come and live in the ACT or surrounds, (from Sydney), to enable them to more easily afford a house/apartment.

Having discussed this with him many times before, I am familiar with some of the reasons as to why they can’t. The reason given today was new to me though….

His wife is a teacher in the NSW public system. She’s approximately 30 years of age, and teaches in primary school in Strathfield. It appears that whilst there may be a slight pay decrease to move into the ACT system, she is more concerned about the fact that, “teachers in Canberra, aren’t allowed to spend too many years at one school – they get moved around”.

Being thankfully a couple of years away from having to tackle schools yet, I am not familiar with the intricacies of the ACT system. Can anyone tell me if the above statement is true?

Personally, I can’t see that it’s such a bad thing, however it seems to be the thing that is holding up further consideration of a move to Canberra.

(I would like to add that my brother and his wife are fine upstanding perople and that no one should be too worried about them moving to Canberra)

What’s Your opinion?


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lilli_star 8:30 pm 28 Aug 11

Gerry-Built said :

lilli_star said :

Are there better conditions in the ACT? More support?

Highly unlikely. Basically, schools are expected to deal with difficult students “in-house”. Each school is able to run their Student Welfare their own way; so you can get a MASSIVE variance from school to school. Restorative Practices were flavour of the age for the last few years, but most schools adopted RP in a piecemeal approach, with minimal investment in RP training for classroom teachers… Outside of schools, there is almost no systemic support… whittled down from the minimal levels that existed a decade ago…

Thank you for explaining why I couldn’t post a new topic 🙂
I teach in the NSW Catholic system, and we have our own welfare policy at the school I am currently at, but I’m assuming it would be similar to other schools (as it was in other schools I have taught at), so I’m not sure exactly what you mean. I haven’t taught in the NSW public system since 2002, so I’m not up with what they do.
Does anyone here teach in Catholic schools?

Kuku 6:46 pm 28 Aug 11

MrMagoo said :

It is an iniquitous system as it stops teachers from becoming part of their community. The reasons I heard for introducing it were something along the lines of someone in power in DET thinking it would keep teachers on their toes.

The private system has no rotation, and it is a huge advantage. When they get a good teacher or principal, they can hold onto them.

Hang on, by your logic, the schools that can’t attract quality teachers should stay that way? How is that fair? The reverse arguement is that teachers who don’t want to work too hard anymore and there are a few of them, sit back at the same school and never work to freshen up what they are teaching. It’s not a perfect system but it does allow schools the opportunity to have teachers come into the school with a fresh approach.

My kids are at a school where they have the same teacher throughout primary. It’s been wonderful for my kids. As for High school/ college. Poor teachers who have been there waaay to long and couldn’t cut it in a the real world. I’m for rotation. And I think ACT ED has got it right. Now, if the AIS could implement the same rigorous performance standards that ACT ED do.

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