(This information is taken from the ALP’s Performance Pay Fact Sheet, downloadable from the ALP’s Performance Pay page.)
If re-elected, the ALP proposes to invest $1.25 billion over five years into a teacher performance pay scheme. All teachers are eligible for the bonus; it is not restricted to those with the most experience. Approximately one in ten teachers would receive the bonus each year. Teachers who are already at the top of the payment scale would receive eight thousand dollars, whilst those at the lower end would receive five thousand four hundred dollars. (These figures are based on the current rates of pay). The Gillard government claims that the motive behind this scheme is to see outstanding individuals rewarded. Ideally, this reward will inspire the best teachers to stay in the classroom, rather than moving on into administration or executive positions (or even leaving the profession altogether) in the pursuit of higher pay.
The ‘best’ teachers will be identified using a variety of assessments, including:
- Lesson observations
- Analysis of student performance data (including NAPLAN)
- Parental feedback
- Teacher qualifications
- Professional development
There are also plans to utilize student feedback, however it has not yet been decided how to integrate it. The evaluation of a teacher would be undertaken by a panel, consisting of “the principal, a senior regional staff representative and an independent third party” (p. 3).