Teachers in Wolverhampton’s Waverley School are getting an annual pay rise as the state’s education department announced a pay increase of 5% for all teachers in 2017-18.
Wolverhampot Schools principal David Smith says that is because of the new education funding formula.
“The money for teachers has gone up by 5% over the last four years, and this is just because of what the Government is doing to our education system,” Mr Smith said.
Education Minister Simon Corbell announced the annual pay increase for all Waverleys teachers at the end of June, meaning teachers who had previously been eligible for a pay rise will now get a 5% increase.
A teacher will earn an average of $58,200 in 2017, up from $52,800 in 2016.
The pay rise is part of a larger funding package announced in January.
In 2017-19, Waverly Schools will receive an extra $9 million to invest in new schools, upgrade facilities, improve student behaviour and build new pathways to higher education.
Students who are currently attending Waverleys schools will also receive an additional $5,000 per year to help pay for this investment.
Waverley Schools is one of the countrys best performing schools, attracting more than 2,000 pupils per term.
Mr Smith says the salary increases will be a boost for all the teachers in the Waverles.
“This will make a real difference to the work that we do every day for all of our students,” he said.
“It will make our schools a better place to be, and it will make all of us better teachers.”
Waverleys schools will receive another $3.8 million in the 2017-2018 school year to invest on an extra 700 classroom spaces and upgrade equipment.