educashun standards to go down under liberal (CONservative) style or the destruction of the fair gonski reform...
For those who measure a teacher's week by time spent in the classroom the TALIS report provides a more balanced account. Australian teachers, on average, work 43 hours a week, 5 more than the TALIS average, with 19 hours teaching, seven hours planning and five hours marking.
Add the time spent on interviews and communicating with parents, staff meetings, yard duty, report writing, recording and monitoring related to performance reviews and it is understandable why many teachers complain there are not enough hours in the week.
Given the move in Australia towards more autonomy for schools, especially government schools, it is significant that the TALIS report suggests, notwithstanding the variation across counties, that "a general reading of the research seems to show that greater levels of autonomy for schools would also improve learning outcomes".
The report also suggests that when schools embrace a collaborative model of management where school leaders involve others in decision-making teachers have a greater sense of confidence and self-respect and job satisfaction.
Dr Kevin Donnelly is Director of Education Standards Institute and author of the recently released Australia's Education Revolution: How Kevin Rudd Won and Lost the Education Wars (Connor Court Publishing). Donnelly taught for 18 years in government and non-government schools and was a branch president of the Victorian Secondary Teachers Association. In 2004 he was chief-of-staff to Liberal Party Minister Kevin Andrews.
I believe Donelly is trying to open doors that are already opened... We all know that teachers work harder than it looks... Even myself being retired there is never enough hours in the week to do what I want to achieve though I work at twice the speed than before the invention of the computer. But the little bomb posted by Donelly here is the mention of "the move in Australia towards more autonomy for schools, especially government schools"... Hello? That is the first time I have heard of this caper... though I must say I haven't paid much attention to this aspect of public educashun which is strongly fighting against the yet again reforms from the Libs (CONservatives)... But the most insidious factor here is that Donelly speaks of encouraging better teachers, when we know some good teachers are unemployed and that the Federal government is passing the buck to the states, though it is pushing for chaplains in public schools.
Job satisfaction? I believe most teachers would have better job satisfaction should the Gonski reforms go ahead.