South Australia

GOWARD WELCOMES TEACHER DRESS CODE

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward has welcomed the first-ever teacher Dress Code for NSW public school teachers.

Ms Goward said the Dress Code, announced by Education Minister Adrian Piccoli, is another step by the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government to enhance the status of the teaching profession.

“Goulburn has an excellent teaching profession and, while the vast majority of teachers dress professionally, it is important for the Department of Education and Communities to detail the dress standards it expects its staff to follow,” Ms Goward said.

“I know that teachers will support the Dress Code because school teachers are part of one of society’s most important professions. The Dress Code announced by the Minister is one that befits their status in the community.

“The NSW Government has already announced a number of changes to improve the quality and status of the teaching profession in NSW.

“From 2015, students entering teaching degrees straight from school must have at least three Band 5 results, including English, and current teachers will have to gain accreditation from the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

“All teachers will have to undertake at least 100 hours of professional development every five years, and highly accomplished teachers will be eligible to earn more than $100,000 a year by 2016.”

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the new Dress Code is supported by principals’ groups who believe it will increase the esteem in which teachers are held by the community.

“Principals have asked me to provide greater clarity about what is acceptable. Teachers should not come to school wearing t-shirts, thongs or clothes displaying alcohol advertising and we have made this clear in the Dress Code,” Mr Piccoli said.

“Wearing appropriate dress helps teachers maintain respect and credibility with students, parents and the broader community.

“The Dress Code recognises that context is important. Obviously, what a teacher might wear for sports events or metal work is different to what is required for parent-teacher interviews or an end-of-year awards ceremony. For such occasions a suit and tie, or trousers and jacket, is more suitable.”

The new code will take effect at the beginning of Term 2 this year.

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