West Australian director-general of education Sharyn O'Neill has called on principals to apply to join a Crack Team to help identify and remove poor teachers.
There will be four members of this WA Crack Team, two principals and two 'labour relations specialists' - whatever that might mean.
The WA Crack Team will begin operating in February 2016 and will be based in central office but will spend most of its time in schools.
Sharyn O'Neill said that so far during 2015, 15 staff members who were subject to a substandard performance review had left WA public schools, presumably to be replaced by cheaper, less experienced and more easily manipulated teachers.
"The team will help principals to identify these teachers and provide them with the appropriate opportunities to learn, develop and improve."
"But it will also help to ensure that when these teachers cannot improve, or are simply not prepared to put in the effort required, principals have a smoother process for removing them from their school." (And, presumably, replacing them with cheaper, less experienced. more easily manipulated teachers.)
Ms O'Neill said that a poor teacher was one who -
- struggled to manage student's behaviour
- failed to set tests
- failed to set homework
- did not provide class routine
- or was unable to deal with queries from parents.
Editors' Note : So, WA teachers - just one angry, irrational, out-of-control parent and you will lose your job!
And don't dare to send any poorly behaved student to the principal!
Life is going to get so much easier for WA principals in 2016 - no WA teacher will dare to ask their principal to help deal with any problem.
Is this WA Crack Team really just an economy measure - a way to drive experienced teachers out of schools and replace them with cheaper, less experienced, more easily manipulated teachers - teachers who can be sent out to work in the remote schools?
Will teachers who make suggestions, try to deal with problems or ask questions at staff meetings be driven out of work?
We need some research into the sort of teachers who are attacked by this WA Crack Team.
2016 is going to be a fun year for teachers in WA schools!
Squad targets inept teachers, Bethany Hiatt, The West Australian, 25 November 2015