Volume 22, 25th July 2014
Over the last 12 months, parents and guardians may have read or heard community and media discussion around teacher performance in Victorian schools. In the first half of the school year, DEECD (The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) released new instructions and guidelines for teacher performance and development in Victorian government schools.
These new guidelines are intended to provide a more robust process for assessing and guiding teachers in their work performance. As part of the principal team at Trafalgar High School, I have been involved in department briefings and discussions at the local level to consider how these new guidelines will be implemented at Trafalgar High School. It has been reassuring for the leadership team of our school and our staff to see how our current processes have aligned with the new requirements. Over the last five years our staff have been increasingly challenged in their development of individual performance targets and the focus on whole school improvement as part of their work.
We are confident that the transfer to the new system will occur in such a way that enhances the processes we currently have at Trafalgar High School. As parents, this information should also reassure you that the leadership and staff at your child's school are consistently focused on improving teacher performance to enable the programs we provide to be of the highest quality. Indeed the results across a range of student learning and student wellbeing indicators in the last two years would indicate that the work at Trafalgar High School in teacher performance and review is already heading in the right direction for students and families.
Trafalgar High School, with a student enrolment of approximately 600, is situated in a pleasant environment between the Strzelecki Ranges and Mount Baw Baw.
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