SASSLA recently contributed to the Federal Government’s Review to Inform a Better and Fairer Education System in the form of a formal submission available to read here. The submission is focused on three areas we see as topical and important to future employment related education policy. These are:
- The Need for Improved Forecasting of Teacher Supply and Demand.
- Application of Incentives: Benefits and Risks
- Reconceptualising the Paraprofessional Workforce
The issues raised with respect to the paraprofessional workforce (SSOs and ECWs) are drawn from a literature review which SASSLA conducted incorporating national and international research. The work of education paraprofessionals is often neglected in national policy and framed in limited understanding. The literature review is available here. An intrastate comparison attached to the submission highlights the disparate models of paraprofessional employment across Australia.
We believe these topic areas are relevant to form a complete understanding of the importance of strategic human resource management in guiding education change and improvement.