A Class Act: Inquiry into the Status of the Teaching Profession

A Class Act: Inquiry into the Status of the Teaching Profession

March 1998

© Commonwealth of Australia 1998
ISBN 0 642 25170 3

View the report as a single document - (PDF 4498KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

(PDF 129KB)
Terms of reference (PDF 113KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 108KB)
Overview (PDF 114KB)
Chapter 2 - Taking teaching seriously (PDF 187KB)

Registration of teachers - The way forward
Standards of professional teaching practice

Chapter 3 - Status and professionalism (PDF 200KB)

The concept of professionalism
The concept of status
  Professional vs industrial

Chapter 4 - Perceptions of teachers' status (PDF 328KB)

Community perceptions
Parents' perceptions
  Improving Links with Parents
Students' perceptions
Teachers' perceptions
  The Countervailing View

Chapter 5 - The outside school environment - factors affecting teachers' morale, professionalism and status (PDF 541KB)

Government funding to schools
The politicisation of education
  Politicisation of the Bureaucracy

The impact of the media
Teachers' career structure
  Teachers' Salaries
  The Salary Structure
  Feminisation and the Career Structure
  Casualisation and the Career Structure

Chapter 6 - The school environment - factors affecting teachers' morale, performance and status (PDF 346KB)

Work load
  The 'Overcrowded Curriculum'
  Lack of Control over the Curriculum
  The Pace and Scope of Change in Schools
  The Time Devoted to Non Core Teaching Tasks
  The Requirement to Teach Unfamiliar Subjects
  Vocational Education

     The Committee's view
  The Impact of the Inclusive Classroom
  Class Size
  Other Factors Contributing to Teacher Work Load
  Teacher Work Load - Conclusions

The impact of technology
  The Impact on Teachers
  The Impact on Students
  The Impact on Schools

Organisational structure - the impact at school level
  The Case for Devolution
  The Reality of Devolution

Changes to school funding practices
Working conditions

Chapter 7 - Teacher recruitment and training (PDF 436KB)

Teacher recruitment
  Supply and Demand
  Declining Academic Qualifications of New Teachers
  Reasons for Decline in Number and Quality of New Entrants

     More career options for women
     Men's fear of litigation
     The impact of university fees and charges
     Uncertain job prospects
  Expanding Teacher Recruitment
     Recruitment Campaigns
     Changes to HECS fees
     Raising TER scores
Initial teacher training
  The Current Position
  The Quality and Appropriateness of Teacher Training - Weaknesses
  The Quality and Appropriateness of Teacher Training - the Positive View, Including Some Examples of Good Practice
  The Way Forward

Teacher induction
  Existing Induction Arrangements - the Negatives
  Existing Induction Arrangements - the Positives
  The Way Forward

Professional development
  Professional Development - Inadequacies of Current Practice
  Quality Professional Development
  The Way Forward

Chapter 8 - Supply and demand (PDF 631KB)

The Preston report
  Objections to Preston’s projections
Factors influencing supply and demand
  Patterns of School Enrolment
  Teacher Training, Graduation and Employment
  Ageing and Retirement
  Devolution of Staffing Decisions to School Level

Variations in supply and demand
  Differences between States
  Differences between Regions
  Differences between Subject Disciplines
  Proposed Remedies

Government Senators' report (PDF 138KB)
Appendix 1 - A national profile of Australian teachers (PDF 635KB)
Appendix 2 - Information on teachers salary rates (PDF 807KB)
Appendix 3 - Submissions to the inquiry (PDF 433KB)
Appendix 4 - List of public hearing witnesses (PDF 225KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706
Email: eet.sen@aph.gov.au