Help support teachers
Help support teachers
Who can teachers turn too?
All of the workplace bullying sites say 'Tell someone'...but when you try nobody listens to you
Teachers are demoralised, stressed, anxious and worse
Principals appear to be protected by the DOE but nobody is protecting teachers
We try and approach our union
The union are fighting a losing battle
Teachers are scared for their jobs, for the vindictiveness of the principals to get worse if they speak up, for the persecution to escalate
Teachers are constantly looking over their shoulders
We should not have to send unsigned emails but we have too much to lose
There is a major problem with some schools and their Principals and this is never more evident than at Koorana PS in Warnbro
Principal has got a number of staff members scared every day
There is staff on stress leave. sick leave, leave without pay as well as resignations. Teachers with little experience through to very experienced teachers are targetted and if you speak up your life is made unbearable
If this is investigated it has a trail that goes as far back as when the principal came to Koorana as a deputy 5 years ago
Long term staff resigned due to pressure, conduct, bullying from said principal- but who can prove this. You are a lone voice or just try and keep your head down and try not to be next on the hit list.
There is a prolonged trail of bullying and incidents at Koorana which appear random in isolation but when looked at as a whole have caused staff to be fearful for their jobs and performance management
Thinking about work, even when away from work, is causing anxiety and dread for many
Teachers rarely speak up and then when they do their life is made unbearable.
With the huge focus on teachers mental health in recent DOE systemic documentation, we're unsure as to what level the efficacy and accountability of these documents is actually having
How are they are implemented at a local school level?
There is a large number of teachers lodging grievances and complaints both at local and regional level but other than ongoing pressure and stress on the teachers who have the strength to speak up - nothing is happening above a teacher.
It has reached a point where there needs to be a Royal Commission into the rights of teachers and how these rights have been neglected by outdated and irrelevant documentation.
Many of the executive staff in the DOE have lost their ability to review situations with a level of objectiveness that supports the public school system.
When teachers are complaining or require support at a regional or central level they are dismissed and told to work with the principal at a local level even when this approach has been exhausted and more often than not the principal is the issue
At Koorana Primary School a number of teachers have succumbed to a high level of scrutiny even when it was not warranted and even if warranted it has been verging on obsessive and like a witch hunt where teachers have almost been set up to fail
Many teachers are moved through hidden department processes that are foreign to classroom teachers where our core business is to teach. Something that appears to have been lost in recent years with the added pressure of the job
Even with COVID-19 the pressure and scrutiny at Koorana continued and when the Executive Director at the Department of Education stated that "I’m not a teacher and for all I know you could be the crappest teacher out there." when investigating a situation at Koorana it doesn't give a lot of faith in our system
Teachers are told when they are taken to task that there is a process that has to be followed, a process often unknown to teachers. A process that then is manipulated by the Department to suit their own often delayed responses. A process that often has the 'goalposts' changed or the blame put back on the teachers who are fighting for justice as well as working full time against people who 'deal' with these processes as their jobs
Knowing the current staffing of administration staff at Koorana we are very concerned bout the corrupt nature of our system which has lead to a culture of nepotism and favouritism and teachers are the innocent victims of this system that is rampant at Koorana
Please look after the people who are the grassroots of our education system
We implore you to look into this not only for Koorana but for all Teachers and for all of the children of Western Australia so their teachers can continue to give of their best without fear of retribution