Additional school administrators will be coming to Ngarala and Eastwood public schools in Ryde as part of the first stage of an innovative plan to lighten teacher workload from the Perrottet Government.
Liberal candidate for Ryde, Jordan Lane, said he welcomed the program roll out to Ryde schools as a way of freeing teachers from a number of task and giving them more time to just teach.
“As we embark on a brand-new school year, we welcome both kids and teachers back and greet new staff and staff who have moved into permanent roles thanks to this program,” Mr Lane said.
“The admin staff will be able to make a considerable difference - from helping coordinate school events to following up on student attendance matters with parents, these new staff members will be incredibly valuable.”
“This program is helping free up teachers to focus on the kids, as well as helping to modernise and diversify school operations.”
The Perrottet Government approach aligns with Grattan Institute research that says this is the best way to enable teachers to do what they do best – teaching and supporting students.
“This investment in our schools is built on the Perrottet Government’s strong management and the long-term plan. I’m proud to be running as part of the Perrottet Team to continue the great work of Victor Dominello advocating for services that are so important to our community, like education and health, so that we can keep NSW moving forward.”
Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said this approach aligns with both staff feedback and research from the Grattan Institute which recommends finding better ways to use the wider school workforce, including support, administrative and specialist staff.
“We have heard from our teachers that it is not one policy or thing they need removed to help them with their workload, rather they need holistic and flexible support to lighten their workload,” Ms Mitchell said.
“We want our teachers to do what they do best – teaching and supporting our children in their learning – and spend less time on admin tasks.”
The program will also look at how systems and processes in schools can be further modernised, streamlined and simplified to create greater efficiencies for all school staff.
The findings from the first stage will also help determine how effective additional support roles in schools are in freeing up time for teachers. It will also inform how to improve administration functions in all schools across the state.
The Quality Time program to reduce administrative burden remains a priority for the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government. The program exceeded all its targets in 2022, saving teachers more than 50 hours of time. It continues through the admin staff program and other initiatives in 2023 and beyond.