Top teachers should be rewarded: union

The Independent Education Union is pushing for teachers in the Catholic education system to be recognised for their work.

The Independent Education Union's (IEU) latest campaign focuses on recognising, respecting and rewarding teachers.

IEU general secretary John Quessy said changes to teacher accreditation, the upcoming national curriculum and mentoring of undergraduate teachers all added to educators' workloads, reducing the amount of time available for lesson planning and review.

He said the "reward" they were seeking referred to both improved salaries and "non-cost" items.

For example, Mr Quessy said professional development credit should be given to teachers who spent time working with undergraduate teachers on practical placements.

"You can reward teachers by saying you get some professional development logged for doing some of these things. That's a tangible example." Acting director of schools for the Catholic Education Office (CEO) in the Wollongong diocese, Carolyn Hadley, said she agreed teachers' efforts should be recognised.

She said that the CEO was on "the same page" with the IEU on trying to minimise the impact upcoming changes to the education system would have on teachers.

"There's no doubt there's a lot of major changes at a pace that is challenging for teachers in our schools," she said.