Valuing the teaching profession - an independent inquiry

Valuing the teaching profession - an independent inquiry will investigate changes in the policies, procedures, practices and regulation of teaching and their impact on the work of teachers and principals.

This independent inquiry was commissioned in February 2020 by the NSW Teachers Federation.

The last time such an investigation was conducted into the nature of teachers’ work was in an Industrial Relations Commission Case in 2003, with the Commission handing down its decision in 2004. The inquiry will review the state of the teaching profession in NSW public schools and the significant changes that have affected the profession since that time.

Evidence will be collected through an open submission process, site visits and public hearings.

Walkley Award-winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Spicer has today (23 October) hosted a special broadcast from Federation House to update members on the status of the independent inquiry into the teaching profession.

Click below to watch this special presentation.

NSWTF Inquiry Update Broadcast from NSW Teachers Federation on Vimeo.

Hearing Dates and times*

Date Expert appearing before panel
31 August Mr Angelo Gavrielatos (12pm)
1 September Mr Denis Fitzgerald (10am), Professor Emerita Raewyn Connell (1.30pm)
2 September Mr Tom Alegounarias (10am), Professor Pasi Sahlberg (1pm)
3 September Assoc Prof Susan McGrath-Champ, Assoc Prof Rachel Wilson, Dr Meghan Stacey and Dr Mihajla Gavin, Dr Scott Fitzgerald (9.30am), Professor Ian Hickie (1pm)
7 September Ms Alison Pennington (10am)
10 September Professor John Buchanan (10am)

*The times of these hearings are subject to change.

Submissions have now closed.

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