Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Excellence in Local Teaching

Students, staff and guests at Thornleigh West Public School

High-achieving teachers in our community will be some of the first to earn salaries of up to $152,000, thanks to a $100 million commitment from the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government.

Local teachers at Thornleigh West Public School will be among the first cohort of 200 teachers across more than 50 schools to start in 2023, helping shape the career pathway before it is expanded across NSW.

State Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens SC said the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government was future-proofing education by attracting the best teachers to the profession, and keeping them in the classroom, to lift student outcomes across the State.

“This is seismic reform that will modernise the teaching profession and ensure we have the best teachers in our classrooms to benefit students for generations to come,” Mr Henskens said.

“We want our children to have the best start in life and that starts with a world-class education. The Rewarding Excellence in Teaching career pathway recognises outstanding work and ensures teachers stay in the profession.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said if re-elected a NSW Liberal and Nationals Government would create 600 additional roles for highly-effective teachers over four years with a vision of growing the roles further.

“Our vision is for Rewarding Excellence in Teaching to be an integral part of the classroom career pathway in NSW schools, which is why we are doing the work now to get this right and making a clear commitment to delivering this reform longer-term,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Parents and students engage with amazing teachers every day in our schools and this commitment means those teachers stay in the classroom.”

The Rewarding Excellence in Teaching Program has been the subject of one of the largest consultation processes ever undertaken by the NSW Department of Education, as detailed in the ‘Rewarding Excellence in Teaching – Consultation Playback Report’ published today.

The consultation included: 

  • 117 roundtables held across every school network in NSW 
  • 1,267 teachers from 849 schools directly consulted 
  • 4,554 online surveys completed 

“This is another great example of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s long-term economic plan delivering for teachers, students, and families,” Mr Henskens said.