14 Aug 2013

Underperforming NSW teachers to face sack

6:17 am on 14 August 2013

Underperforming teachers in New South Wales face getting sacked under moves by the state government to boost teacher quality.

From next semester, principals will be given new powers to deal with teachers who fail to attend playground duty, are late for class, don't to turn up to parent teacher interviews or refuse instructions.

"We simply can't accept that kind of recalcitrant behaviour," NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said.

AAP reports the measure is part of a $A150 million package to boost the quality of teaching in NSW, which was announced earlier this year.

A fresh round of enterprise bargaining is due to begin with teachers next month.

Department of Education director-general Michele Bruniges said it was about dealing with a small group of teachers who were repeat offenders.

"We need to be able to call it and deal with it," she said.

Mr Piccoli described it as "more like a private sector approach to performance management".

"Parents and teachers have made it very clear to me that they want teachers who are underperforming out of the system," he said.

"It's going to be a fair process but a tougher process than what exists already."

Mr Piccoli said teachers who failed to live up to the standards set out in a new code of conduct could be sacked, demoted, fined or cautioned.

"There are a range of teachers who are underperforming," he said. "Those teachers need to know there is a process in place and they face dismissal."

AAP also reports new pay arrangements mean salaries will be based on meeting standards rather than employment length.