NSW Teachers Federation acting Illawarra organiser Dennis Long hopes any savings made by the merger of the Board of Studies and NSW Institute of Teachers will be reinvested in the sector.
Education Minister Adrian Piccoli yesterday announced that as part of a major reform of the sector, the two bodies would merge to become the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BoSTES).
"In NSW we currently have great schools, great teachers and great students - but we can improve the way we capture information and data on standards, and how we apply that information to improving quality teaching and student outcomes," Mr Piccoli said.
"The government will introduce legislation to bring together for the first time in Australia the three cornerstones of education standards - curriculum, student assessment and teacher quality - under a single authority."
Mr Long said while there had not been much consultation about the merger, the teachers' union supported the move, although there were some reservations.
"In principle the merger makes sense, but our concern is how it is implemented," he said.
"We want to ensure that if there are any savings from the amalgamation that it goes back into the areas of curriculum and teaching standards.
"We also want to see that the attitude that goes into it is about strengthening the profession and showing respect for the profession rather than imposing additional work on teachers without giving them the resources to achieve that."
Mr Piccoli said the new body, which will come into effect in January 2014, would also continue to register non-government schools.
"It makes a lot of sense to have all these functions being developed and delivered by a single body, and I'm encouraged by the positive response we have received from all the school sectors," he said.
However, the union representing teachers in Catholic and independent schools remains unconvinced of the wisdom of the merger.
"It would have been useful to have had some consultation prior to the announcement, with an opportunity to ask questions and maybe even get some answers," Independent Education Union general secretary John Quessy said.