Press Release – To reaffirm and publicly recognize the vital role of the 221,477 school staff in the mission of Québec’s schools, the Québec Governorate will invest nearly $140 million over the next four years to recognize their contribution to student educational success . Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge made the announcement today at the launch of the Strategy to promote school staff†
Sixteen actions to ensure appreciation
One of the Strategy’s strong actions consists of a: class support pilot project in primary school. From the start of the 2022 school year, classroom support resources will be deployed at 100 primary schools in Quebec, ie two FTEs per site, equivalent to two or more people per school. This pilot project will be both an opportunity to promote the primary mission of the teaching staff, which is to teach, to take advantage of the skills and expertise of other resources within the school team, and to foster cooperation among staff. Classroom assistants can support the teacher by performing non-teaching tasks. This action, which represents a $21.3 million investment, will be followed by a research team that will document the integration of classroom support in elementary school and identify the success factors.
School bodies will now have the resources to fulfill their ambitions to promote school staff development as $43.6 million will be allocated for support local promotions school staff. Schools and training centers will have every leeway to implement mobilizing promotion actions for the local community and school staff, create a sustainable culture of collaboration in their environment and promote a caring working environment. More concretely, depending on their situation, education organizations can, for example, create or improve a committee or a development plan for school staff locally or regionally, encourage partnerships with parents (particularly for parent participation organisations) and industry or hire a development agent initiate, coordinate and disseminate initiatives that promote the school teams and the center teams.
Over the next four years, $18.9 million is also planned for appreciate the teaching staff who share their expertise by guiding students in teacher training during their internship. This action aims to promote the participation of a larger number of associated teachers in the supervision of students in training. Besides a positive spin-off for these teachers, this action will make a positive contribution to the education of the next generation of teachers.
It should be noted that in order to develop this strategy, which is divided into 16 actions, the Ministère de l’Education has carried out a wide consultation process with the actors of the network, in particular the trade unions, the professional associations and the professional associations, the disciplinary associations in education, parents’ committees, education faculties and educational researchers as well as Aboriginal partners.
“With this strategy, nothing is left to chance. What we want is to recognize once again the tremendous contribution of school staff, both to the success and overall development of our children and to our collective future. Everyone from families to employers has realized the importance of the role and complexity of school staff’s work during the pandemic. Our school teams were strong and resilient. They have been important allies. But outside the pandemic, school workers guide and support our students day after day. It changes things in their lives. It is an immense and costly responsibility. Education is a government priority and we have taken concrete steps to demonstrate this in recent years. This promotion strategy fits in with our efforts to promote school staff after, among other things, the historic pay increases for teachers. Careers in education should be pursued and respected. †
Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education
- The Strategy to promote school staff consists of 16 actions divided into four areas, namely promotion actions at the local level, professional development, public recognition and monitoring and evaluation:
- Action 1: Setting up a pilot classroom support project in 100 primary schools;
- Action 2: Support local actions to promote school personnel;
- Action 3: Support the professional development of school staff;
- Action 4: Provide all school staff with a platform with professional development offerings;
- Action 5: Update the school management skills reference system;
- Action 6: Setting up a reflection project on enriching initial teacher education;
- Action 7: Update ministerial orientations for on-the-job training of teachers;
- Action 8: Improving the guidance of trainees in teacher education;
- Action 9: Deploy a reference framework for the professional integration of teaching staff;
- Action 10: Encourage and promote the professional development of teaching staff;
- Action 11: Make school staff and teaching careers shine;
- Action 12: Stimulate and promote inspiring role models;
- Action 13: Set up a school staff appreciation day;
- Action 14: Measure the public’s perception of careers in education;
- Action 15: Measure the professional satisfaction of school staff;
- Action 16: Support the development of scientific knowledge on the development of school staff.
- The Quebec government will invest nearly $140 million over the next four years to reaffirm and publicly recognize the defining role of school personnel in the mission of schools in Quebec. Investments come from:
- of the 2021-2022 Budget Plan: A Resilient and Confident Québec†
- labor operation;
- of the Budget Plan 2022-2023: Your government†
- It should be noted that this strategy is also intended as a logical continuation of government actions related to Opération main-d’oeuvre, including the improvement of the training offer in school day care and the continuation of financial incentives to promote the return to education of retirees, as well as the various gains made during the last negotiations with the school staff (eg salary increase for the teaching staff and the creation of the mentor-teacher role).
- Remember that the Strategy to promote school staff was launched on the same day as the second ceremony to award the insignia of the Order of Excellence in Education of Quebec, a ceremony that aims to recognize the outstanding commitment and dedication of certain actors in education and higher education in Quebec .