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Queensland Teachers' Journal February 2018

Editorial: Change the rules

Inequality is at a 70-year high. The industrial relations laws of Australia grossly favour employers. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the right to strike.

State Council report - 4 November 2017

Key issues discussed at November State Council included Workload and Wellbeing Awareness month (WWAM), the proposed 2018 branch restructure and the QTU state election campaign.

New office, new faces for 2018

The QTU has appointed an extra Regional Organiser and opened a new office.

QTU members elected to Parliament

The state election saw three current and one former QTU member elected to the 56th Queensland Parliament.

NAPLAN ballot draws a line in the sand

By Sam Pidgeon, Vice-President | To be published in Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 123 No 1, 9 February 2018, p11

From the President - Education: one path to changing the rules

As in many processes in the natural world, imbalance does not last forever. Countervailing forces rise to restore equilibrium and sustained excesses almost always have catastrophic consequences.

Education and the 2017 state election

In a welcome result for Queensland state school teachers, principals and students, the Palaszczuk ALP government was re-elected, with a majority in its own right in the 2017 state election.

From the VP: Girls are speaking up on uniform - so must we

It is incredible that in 2018 there are still many schools across Queensland in which girls and young women are not given the choice to wear shorts or pants to school.

School funding – still union business in 2018

In one simple statement, Jane Caro slayed the argument that more money won’t make a difference in public schools: “If money makes no difference to how kids do at school, why do private schools need so much?”

WWAM goes off with a bang!

The QTU’s first Workload and Wellbeing Awareness Month (WWAM) in November proved a riproaring success.

Planning for times of high workload

When your workload increases and the pressure is on, does just the thought of it all throw you into anxiety and resentment and send you reaching for another chocolate bar?

Purpose and use of data in Queensland state schools

Commonly held views and how they align with the QTU/DET joint statement.

Teaching principal strategy

The QTU is to investigate the unique issues facing teaching principals and find ways of reducing the burden they carry.

Change the rules – one new union member at a time

In 2017, the QTU grew to 45,000 members for the first time in its 129-year history. This means that, on average, nine out of 10 teachers and school leaders choose to belong.

Who's who in the QTU

Your pull-out guide to who does what in your Union.

Avoiding pitfalls

A simple introduction to those areas you can't afford to ignore.

School makes a big splash on the national stage

Students and teachers from Chapel Hill State School have overcome fierce opposition from across every state and sector to win the largest performing arts event for schools in Australia.

Vale John Alcorn

The QTU lost another fine life member with the death of John Alcorn late in 2017.

The future of public TAFE institutions

The Australian Education Union, in conjunction with the John Cain Foundation, has held a conference to initiate discussion and debate around the future of TAFE and the importance of developing new public policy in the sector.

Transitioning to inclusion

Teachers are currently denied resources available to them to support students with disabilities because verification for students is not maintained.

Welcome to teaching – what you must know!

As a new educator and employee of the Department of Education and Training, there are certain formal requirements that you must fulfil during your first year of teaching.


Staffrooms / student free days / playground duty / supervision before school

Legal: You need to get it right first time every time

Your first response to any serious allegation against you can make the difference between facing a lengthy suspension and official disciplinary action or having the matter dealt with swiftly and sensibly at a school level.