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80 disciplinary investigations were finalised by the South Australian Education Department during 2015.

During 2015, the South Australian Education Department finalised 80 disciplinary investigations.

Allegations made against teachers may concern abuse, assault, financial wrongdoing, sexual harassment and a range of other matters.

33 allegations against South Australian teachers were not substantiated.

27 allegations were "substantiated with findings".

Three staff resigned prior to an outcome.

17 allegations were handled through "managerial processes".


Southern suburbs primary school teacher lifts veil on process of being investigated by Education Department, Tim Williams, The Advertiser, 7 May 2016

The number of male teachers in SA schools is falling.

South Australian Education Department figures show -

In 2000, 35 per cent of SA public system teachers were male.

in 2016, below 30 per cent of SA public system teachers are male.


More than 50 schools - about one in ten - had no male teachers in June 2015.

Most were small country schools.



17.4 per cent of SA primary school teachers are male.

43.1 per cent of SA secondary school teachers are male.



Over the past five years -

The number of women teachers has risen by 909, or 7.8 per cent, to 12,555.

The number of male teachers is down 125, or 2.6 per cent, to 4693.

Male teachers are slightly better represented in city than country schools, overall.


In 2010, 25.7 per cent of university enrollments in teaching courses were male.

In 2014, 28.1 per cent of university enrollments in teaching courses were male. 

But the proportion of male graduates did not improve over that period.


SA Primary Principals Association president Pam Kent says the gender imbalance will remain until the status of the profession is restored, and the culture of fear around accusations of child abuse is addressed.

"These days, teachers are fair game for criticism from parents who tend to be overprotective. that would never have happened 20 years ago," she says.

"It's seen by men and women as a tough job without much status."

"The big block at the moment is the fear and vulnerability of young men with child-safety (issues)."



Why we need more male teachers in SA schools, Tim Williams and Renato Castello, Sunday Mail (SA), 30 January 2016

One third of SA 2014 teaching graduates got some sort of teaching work during 2015.

The South Australian Education Department hired one-third of the South Australian teaching graduates in 2014.


Editor's Note : I would presume that this figure includes part-time and casual teaching jobs.



Teacher glut hits graduates' job hopes, Natasha Bita, The Australian, 12 October 2015

Increasing medical interventions are resulting in increasing numbers of disabled children in mainstream schools.

Increasing medical interventions are resulting in increasing numbers of children born prematurely surviving through childhood, often with significant disabilities.

80 per cent of these disabled children attend mainstream schools.

(Report by South Australia's Education Department to  the Senate inquiry into children with a disability.)



Mums' drinking behind disabled pupil spike, Natasha Bita, P.5, The Australian, 9 September 2015

There were 1062 assaults on teachers in the South Australian public education system in 2011.

There were 1062 assaults on teachers in the South Australian education system in 2011 - an average of more than five every school day.

There were 1046 assaults on South Australian teachers in 2010.

There were 1001 assaults on South Australian teachers in 2009.



144 of the 2011 assaults were classed as "critical" incidents.

764 were classed as "deliberate" acts by students.

298 were listed as assaults at special schools or disability units.


South Australian teachers lodged 46 compensation claims for assaults by students aged between 5 and 15 during 2011.

They lodged 38 claims in 2010.

They lodged 40 claims in 2009.


SA Primary Principals Association president Steve Portlock said teachers were increasingly at risk of harm from students.

Australian Education Union state secretary Correna Haythorpe said to deal with students who have more behavioural needs, teachers must have more support, especially in the form of school counsellors.

"The issue of violence is taken seriously and that is why there are strict guidelines on reporting all incidents," South Australian Education Minister Grace Portolesi  said.


SA Secondary Principals Association president Jan Paterson said teachers were often put in harm's way, especially when they became caught in the middle of student disputes.

"From what I hear a lot of the problems arise when teachers try and intervene to prevent things blowing up between students and that then leaves them in the middle," she said.


Opposition spokesman David Pisoni, who obtained the figures through FOI laws, said principals "don't have the authority or resources to implement the  tailored responses that are needed".


Five teachers a day assaulted by students, Callie Watson, Adelaide Now, 16 July 2012 :

More than 600 reports of improper parent behaviour in SA Public schools were made between 2008 and July 2011.

South Australian Public schools have made more than 600 reports since 2008 over improper parent behaviour - parents assaulting or threatening staff, students and other parents.

In 2008 there were 180 incidents.

In 2010 there were almost 240 incidents, an increase of about 30 per cent.


Incident reports include:

DEATH threats against a principal.

A MOTHER baring her buttocks at another parent after a verbal clash in a school carpark.

AN ASSAULT in which a student was pushed into bag racks.

A DRIVER reversing a car at high speed towards another parent's car and being abusive.

A THREAT against a student via Facebook.

A MAJOR disturbance that involved physical violence and verbal abuse that resulted in a class being evacuated.


Violent parents send fear to school, Sharadyn Holderhead, The Advertiser, 4 July 2011 :

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