This year the HR department identified the recruitment process as an area of continuous improvement, which will continue to be further streamlined as online applications are introduced.
In line with the stated desired outcome of having dedicated teachers who are excellent in Christian education, a number of enhancements have been made to the Teacher Performance Appraisals. Christian distinctives as well as the AITSL Classroom Continuum have been incorporated, aligning the appraisals more closely to the holistic expectations of our teaching staff.
During the year, two new Enterprise Agreements were successfully negotiated and agreed with staff. The SCEA HR Team have supplied consultancy services to other organisations in Enterprise Agreement negotiations.
SCEA has a commitment to be both an educator and an employer of choice and to provide excellence in teaching and learning and, as such, several generous Scholarships implemented in 2014, were continued in 2015.
The Aspiring Christian Educator Scholarship is a one-year scholarship for students in the final year of their education degree. In addition to a financial reward, mentoring and practical placement opportunities, recipients receive conference fees for attendance at up to two WA Christian education conferences. Three Aspiring Christian Educator (ACE) Scholarships were awarded in 2015 to final year education students. Each recipient completed at least one of their practicums at a SCEA school. Three of the seven ACE scholars from 2014 and 2015 now work in a SCEA school.
The Aspiring Christian Educator Scholarship has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to explore Christian Education and see it in action for myself.Meredith Aguero, previous scholarship recipient, now a teacher at Mundaring Christian College
SCEA is equally dedicated to SCEA teachers and eight SCEA teachers were supported in their studies towards a Christ-centred Master of Education degree through Tabor College of Higher Education.
Lastly, the purpose of Innovation Grants is to encourage experimentation - a fresh look at the normal way things are done - to improve the outcomes for children, staff and parents across the Association. In 2015, two Innovation Grants were awarded to trial an Excel (EXpert, Collaborative Learning) system, which could give students access to expert teachers from across our whole Association regardless of the school they attend as well as implement MinecraftEDU in the Year 7 classroom at Swan Christian College.
With the help of the SCEA Innovation Grant, we have been using MinecraftEDU in the Year 7 classes this year as part of a Sustainability project where students have created their own sustainable house and block in a Virtual World.Mathew Woodbine, Head of innovation – Swan Christian College