Home >  Blog >  Funding support for teachers

Funding support for teachers

Posted by Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President on 4 May 2016

An edited version of the letter below was published in The Australian of Monday 3 May 2016. Underlined words were deleted and the bracketed ones inserted. The paper's heading was "Teachers need more pay".

Funding support needed for all teachers

The Prime Minister is reported as saying that (Malcolm Turnbull says) the government wants taxpayer funds to support the "best-performing teachers" ("PM's cash for 'best' teachers, basic skills", May 2).

Unless the normal meaning of "best" is being deliberately tampered with, this relates to support for only a minority of the students in our schools.

As in all other occupations, the majority of teachers are of average competence with only a relative few meaningfully described as the "best". Was this a slip of the tongue or is the government's schools policy really about further assisting the minority (those) who are already relatively well off?

The teaching profession needs to (should) be made more attractive overall and (;) better salaries is an obvious way of doing this.

Garry Collins

Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past PresidentAuthor:Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President
About: Garry Collins was ETAQ President from mid July 2005 to 15 March 2014. He taught English in state high schools for around 35 years and now tutors in English curriculum courses in the School of Education at the University of Queensland.
Tags:General news

Post comment

Upcoming Events

Essential English: Community of Practice 2021

Following on from the success of last year's event for teachers of Essential English, we will be running this event again this year with some modifications. The program is available and registrations are now open. Venue: Deception Bay SHS, Phillip Street, DECEPTION BAY. Registrations will close on Saturday 30 October. Interes...

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 6th November 2021
Venue: Deception Bay SHS
Venue Address: Phillip Parade, DECEPTION BAY
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Grammar PD term 4

To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 20 November at John Paul College.  The flyer gives further details.  Registration will close on 14 November.  ...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 20th November 2021
Venue: John Paul College
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


View all

Latest News

View all

Blog Feed

Grammar myths

Sep 12 2017
An edited version of the letter below was pu...

Impact on learning

Sep 12 2017
The following letter was submitted to The Au...
Read all

Testimonials

Read All

This is the first time I have been to an ETAQ conference and it was really sensational to get so much at all of the sessions.

ETAQ conferences always have sessions that make me excited to be a teacher.

I know that ETAQ conferences in the past have never disappointed - valuable, relevant, practical, inspiring so I came again.

Read All

Newsletter

Receive updates
from ETAQ

Connect to a great range of people who are passionate about English and have their finger on the pulse.

Be Connected