Tougher teacher training standards announced by the Government today will only succeed if professional support for teachers is also increased, says Australian Greens spokesperson on Schools, Senator Penny Wright.
"We all want our teachers to be of the highest possible standard, but if we are going to create more hoops to jump through we also need to provide more incentives to jump through those hoops," Senator Wright said.
"Teachers need fair wages, appropriate career structures and support for the challenging roles they do, including ongoing professional development and adequate time to prepare lessons.
"University entrance standards and curriculum are pieces of the puzzle in improving teacher quality, but to attract the best candidates to teaching we must provide an attractive career path.
"If we expect teachers to score in the top 30 per cent for literacy and numeracy and meet a range of other tests, we need to pay a salary which reflects their expertise.
"School resourcing is also essential. For too long, we have been requiring teachers in the public schools to deliver results in a chronically underfunded system, severely impacting teacher morale.
"A fairer funding model like the Gonski model will go a long way to improving the attractiveness of teaching as a profession, by ensuring teachers know schools are sufficiently resourced to support them and the students they teach."