New admin roles rolled out in schools


Tuesday, 07 February, 2023

New admin roles rolled out in schools

As part of a plan to lighten the workload for teachers, 200 new administration roles have been created in NSW schools.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the new staff members are part of a program to rethink what tasks are performed by teachers, and to modernise and diversify school operations.

“From helping coordinate school events to following up on student attendance matters with parents, I know these staff will provide welcome support in our schools,” she said.

Mitchell said this approach aligns with both staff feedback and research from the Grattan Institute that recommends finding better ways to use the wider school workforce, including support, administrative and specialist staff.

“We have heard from our teachers that it is not one policy or thing they need removed to help them with their workload, rather they need holistic and flexible support to lighten their workload,” she said.

“We want our teachers to do what they do best — teaching and supporting our children in their learning — and spend less time on admin tasks.”

The program will also look at how systems and processes in schools can be further modernised, streamlined and simplified to create greater efficiencies for all school staff.

The admin staff involved in the first stage of the program have been placed across schools in northern Sydney, Lithgow and Port Macquarie.

The findings from the first stage will also help determine how effective additional support roles in schools are in freeing up time for teachers. It will also inform how to improve administration functions in all schools across the state.

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