Data released this year by the University Admissions Center showed that ATARs in the mid and low 60s were the standard for entry into some education courses at the Australian Catholic University, the University of Newcastle and the University of Canberra.
The Australian Catholic University and Newcastle University have a threshold of about 65 for a BA in primary education, while at Charles Sturt the tertiary admission rate for a bachelor of education was 65.75.
There is no minimum ATAR to study teaching in NSW, but year 12 applicants must have obtained a minimum of three band 5 HSC results.
“The students haven’t learned because the teachers haven’t learned. The quality of education in our state was not enough to keep up with our international competitors, and even our past performance,” the report said.
The committee called for independent classroom observations for teachers, following a 2019 report by the auditor general showing students’ academic results could improve by 30 percent through an “active feedback loop on how teachers teach.”
The committee’s findings come from a survey showing that less than a third of public school teachers say they can keep their work stress at acceptable levels and less than one in five believe they have enough time to do their job well. to do and be paid fairly.
The NSW Public Service Commission survey of approximately 12,000 public school teachers found that 67 percent agreed or strongly agreed that they felt burned out by their work, while 32 percent agreed that they could manage their work stress at an acceptable level. could maintain a level.
About 19 percent said they were paid fairly for their work, 19 percentage points less than the year before.
NSW Teachers Federation president Angelo Gavrielatos said the high rate of burnout and overtime was reflected in the growing teacher shortages in the state.
“Children are missing out because of the shortages in public and private schools and teachers are burning out,” he said.
NSW Education Secretary Sarah Mitchell said the state has invested $125 million in a strategy to attract and train quality teachers, with the right subject qualifications and in the locations where they are needed.
“From attracting professionals to teach through our mid-career programs, to attracting highly qualified graduates, and extensive investment in supporting beginning teachers, we have a clear plan that is already delivering results,” Mitchell said.
“The government has already hired more than 6,200 teachers in public schools alone this year, a fifth more than last year around this time and more than half are new teachers on their first tenure.”
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