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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 41

Rules affecting the Position, Promotion, and Rights of Teachers

Rules affecting the Position, Promotion, and Rights of Teachers.

1. After 1880, five classes shall be established for teachers: (1.) Those who have passed the second year examination in arts at the University of Melbourne with first or second honours. (2.) Those who have passed simply or with third-class honours. (3.) Those who have passed the first year examination in first or second class honours. (4.) Those who have passed simply or with third-class honours. (5.) Those who have passed the matriculation with credit in English and arithmetic or the license examination as amended. The values of these classes shall be as 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 respectively.

2. Actual teachers shall rank as follows:—
  • Those certificated with first honours, or those who are actually in charge of schools above 700, or those who are first assistants in schools above 700, as 5.
  • The certificated with second honours, or those in charge of schools above 500, or first assistants in schools between 500 and 700, or second assistants in schools above 700, as 4.
  • The simply certificated, being head teachers of schools above 250 and first assistants in such schools, and second assistants in schools above 500, as 3.
  • Other head teachers or assistant teachers, being simply certificated, as 2.
  • The simply licensed as 1.
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3. The department may substitute the University certificate of teaching with honours and a simple certificate for the third and fourth classes as above constituted, or may take them as of equal value.

4. Teachers may rise from a lower into a higher class by passing the requisite examination, and may rise a step a year from the lowest into the highest class if they prove themselves capable.

5. After 1882, the headships of high schools and school inspectorships shall be confined to B.A.s of the University with a preference to those who have been not less than five years teachers in State schools.

6. To facilitate rising from the different grades, teachers shall be allowed to count two years' work as pupil-teachers in a high school as two years of service, and forty sets of rooms shall be reserved at the Training College for teachers anxious to attend lectures at the University. These shall be charged £30 to cover the cost of their board. The department shall decide in what order the rooms are to be assigned, if there are more applicants than can be accommodated at once.

7. Holders of a certificate with honours (classes 1 and 3) must serve at least two years in a country school before they can rise to a head-mastership in either of the two highest classes, or to a first-assistantship.

8. Holders of a pass-certificate (classes 2 and 4) must serve at least four years in a country school before they can get a head-teachership in schools of the third and fourth class.

9. The inspector shall determine the efficiency of every school once a year, giving marks to a head teacher on the following principle:—
Organization 20 or any lower multiple of two to express very good (v.g. = 20 or 10); good (g. = 16 or 8); fair (f. = 12 or 6); moderate (m. = 8 or 4); or indifferent (i. = 4 or 2).
Discipline 10
Intelligent teaching 20
Six classes at 7½ each 45
Allowance 5
In payment of results these numbers shall be taken as they are, so that a maximum of £140 shall be divided by such proportion of 100 as has been obtained. But, in estimating the efficiency of the teacher—
Above 80 shall count as 5
Above 60 shall count as 4
Above 40 shall count as 3
Above 20 shall count as 2
Below 20 shall count as 1

This will form nine classes of teachers every year, their rank being determined by the certificate of appointment and the certificate of results. Thus—

Appointment. Results. 5 + 5 or 4 or 3 or 2 or 1= 10 Highest certificate of honour or 9 or 8 or 7 or 6. 1 + 5 or 4 or 3 or 2 or 1 = 6 License ... ... or 5 or 4 or 3 or 2.

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10. Head teachers of the largest schools (Class A) (above 700) shall be those whose value is 65 in the last seven years. Head teachers of the second class (B) (500-700) shall be those whose value is 60 in the same period. Head teachers of schools between 250 and 500 shall have a qualification of 55. First assistants in schools above 700 shall have a qualification of 65. Promotion shall be determined by the qualification; and when the qualification is equal, seniority shall count so far that no one shall have juniors promoted over his head for three years.

11. A head teacher falling below the value of his school shall be removed, and put in a school of a lower grade; but shall not be reduced more than one grade at a time or except at intervals of three years. But a head teacher taking charge of a disorganized school may be allowed half a year to bring it into order, during which his results may tell for and shall not tell against him.

12. Teachers whose value does not exceed 28 in seven years shall not be capable of taking a head-teachership, except in Class I. or F, or an assistant-teachership above the sixth class.

13. For assistant teachers the scale shall be thus calculated—
Efficient teaching 1½, 3, or 4½
Intelligent teaching ½, 1, or 1½
Discipline ½, 1, or 1½

And in calculating results for assistant teachers their maximum shall be divided by 15, or any smaller number that they have obtained.

14. In case two examinations for results are held during the year, these values shall be raised proportionately.

15. No teacher who does not average at least 2 for teaching ability can be head teacher above Class F or first assistant teacher in a school above Class D; and any teacher making 5 for efficiency during seven years shall have 1 added to his certificate of qualification.

16. The term organization shall include a proper arrangement of the time-table, an efficient distribution of classes, and a satisfactory classification of the pupils.

17. The term discipline shall include the behaviour of the pupils out of school as well as in school, for the head master; the attention of the children, as well as their silence during work, for the class teachers; and a proper keeping of the rolls for both.

18. Head teachers of schools in classes A and B and first and second assistant teachers shall have a right to appeal to the inspector-general, and demand a fresh examination of their schools or classes; but in such cases the paper-work of the examination appealed against must be forwarded to the head office, and the inspector-general may base his decision upon these, unless the appeal is only or chiefly for vivâ voce work.

19. No teacher shall suffer loss in future by being changed to a worse position than he or she holds, or by being transferred when his [her] school is about to be enlarged, unless the public reports of the district inspector justify such a punishment.

20. The Minister shall appoint a court of appeal at the beginning of each year, which shall have the power to hear appeals by page 79 any teacher or other officer in the department who may consider himself aggrieved; and shall also have the power to refuse to hear them if the complainant cannot make out a good primâ facie case in writing. Counsel shall not be heard on either side, and a decision of the court once given shall be final.