Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    Pay boost for principals in disadvantaged areas

    25/03/2012 12:00 AM
    • 30 principal positions over next three years to include salary incentives of up to $28,703 a year on top of usual pay rates
    • Major initiative to attract outstanding principals to schools with most vulnerable children to address educational disadvantage
    The State Government will pay outstanding principals up to $28,703 on top of their usual salary to work in schools with high proportions of vulnerable children, Education Minister Liz Constable announced today.

    The Attracting Outstanding Principals trial will see incentive packages offered for 30 principal positions in selected schools over the next three years.

    “This trial is about addressing the issues of educational equity,” Dr Constable said.

    “Principals working in schools where students may experience a range of hardships like family dysfunction, poverty, homelessness and disabilities need to be experienced at working with families to overcome these issues. 

    “They also need a proven ability to successfully lead a team of staff so these children get the best from their school years.

    “Our most disadvantaged schools often struggle to attract experienced and outstanding principals - but these schools are actually where we need outstanding leaders.

    “The trial recognises the vital role of exceptional school leaders to help overcome a range of social factors affecting student learning in some communities.

    “These are complex issues, impacting on students’ ability to take advantage of education.”

    Principals who take on the running of these schools and make a difference by reaching their performance targets will receive school grants of between $24,000 and $57,000 a year to be used on a range of options, including learning programs, resources, professional development for staff, equipment and activities.

    As principal vacancies arise in the selected schools, talented school leaders should apply for positions which would include the added salary and incentives.

    “Great leaders inspire and motivate people to work together - and this is exactly what we want these principals to do,” the Minister said.

    “We want them to unite school staff, parents and community members, as well as other agencies and organisations, so everyone is involved in the learning and development of children.

    “When this happens, students have the very best chance to succeed at school.”

    Principals appointed to schools where the additional salaries and incentives were on offer would be assessed on their implementation of school reforms, assessment and reporting, quality teaching and development of partnerships with the community.

    The first schools to take advantage of this new initiative are The Ngaanyatjarra Lands School in the Western Desert and Moorditj Noongar Community College in Swan View, where vacancies currently exist.

    A nationwide recruitment campaign to fill these positions seeks applicants to demonstrate their experience and achievements in improving school performance in complex environments.

    The initiative is co-funded by the State Government under the Smarter Schools Bilateral Agreement.

          Fact File
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