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    Firstly, I would like to clarify that I do not think poorly of teachers' intellect. I never wrote that, I never thought that and I don't think that. I was commenting on the course of study not the person taking the course of study and there is a difference. I feel that, by and large, teachers are let down by the system. I feel they're let down by a lot of people actually but that's getting away from the point at hand.

    There are many tertiary education courses currently available and they vary widely. I should have stipulated which ones I meant (primary and BEds and in which ******s, online v offline etc) as they are not uniform, are not consistent and do change depending on which state or territory you're studying in. Again, I should have been explicit about the requirements in Qld as states and territories do vary in their requirements and, again, they are not uniform. Yes, of course, a teaching degree has exams, assignments, essays, pracs etc like other degrees but not every degree is the same and I have come across quite a few that do not offer units in the areas I mentioned.

    I also agree that a national registration body is necessary.

    Hope that clears things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Do teachers now not have to do any compulsory continuing professional development to keep their teaching jobs/qualifications?
    Yes we do. We need to do at least 37.5 hours of T&D per year in addition to compulsory training that we need to keep updated, such as First Aid, RAN etc.

    This is in SA anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Yes they do. See my above post for NSW public school teachers.
    So the teachers before 2004 are only now just being told to do the professional development courses? Why 2004? Did they change the course? Wouldn't the older teachers need it just as much as the new ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    So the teachers before 2004 are only now just being told to do the professional development courses? Why 2004? Did they change the course? Wouldn't the older teachers need it just as much as the new ones?
    Public school teachers have always done professional learning. They have 5 full days a year of professional learning (these are the pupil free days) plus at my school we have one professional learning meeting every Wednesday after school. The NSW government has increased funding for professional learning so teachers can do more external courses for their professional development.

    The dept of education recognises the qualifications and experience of pre-2004 teachers and will automatically accredit them at proficient level by 2018 when they will then have to participate in 100 hours of professional development every 5 years to maintain their accreditation.

    Teachers who graduated after October 2004 had to work up to proficient level and those who were/are already proficient have to maintain that by doing 100 hours of professional development every 5 years.

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    Only catching up on budget night.

    Very disappointed with the promised tax break for those earning over $80k. 😕

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    I'm not surprised in the least, particularly in relation to where tax cuts are going.

    But at least it was no where to the depths of the Hockey budget.

    And I really don't support the axing of the School Kids Bonus. Even a public education is expensive with uniforms, text books, stationery, camps. Given they have not taken away neg gearing, surely they can give low income a few hundred bucks to help with school expenses.
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    The whole thing is a complete non event.
    Dared to be different? By doing nothing?

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    it certainly is a pretty bland budget

    however - in an election year that is a good thing. There is no cash splash to buy votes .... which the cynic in me was expecting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    Only catching up on budget night.

    Very disappointed with the promised tax break for those earning over $80k. 😕
    I don't think it's that big of a break. Increasing the threshold from $80k to $87k, saving of $315 a year.. An increase in your paycheque of $6 a week. Nothing to get excited about if you're earning $87k.

    I do think they should have increased the lower brackets too though. Bracket creep doesn't just happen for people earning $80k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    I don't think it's that big of a break. Increasing the threshold from $80k to $87k, saving of $315 a year.. An increase in your paycheque of $6 a week. Nothing to get excited about if you're earning $87k.

    I do think they should have increased the lower brackets too though. Bracket creep doesn't just happen for people earning $80k.
    It's just a ploy to secure the high middle income vote and hope people are silly enough to think it's enough to vote for them.

    And yep, everyone gets bracket creep. Would be nice for 60k bracket we are in to get a break.


 

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