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Queensland Teachers' Journal

June 2018

Editorial: Fair funding now! Don't be a spectator ...

The QTU State Council of 19 May saw the Queensland launch of the national Fair Funding Now! campaign.

State Council report - 19 May 2018

At its meeting on 19 May, State Council made determinations about a number of issues.

Independent Public Schools review underway

A series of interviews with stakeholders and focus groups of key personnel in schools mark the commencement of a wide-ranging review of IPS.

From the President: A new way or more of the same?

Does “Growth Through Achievement” (Gonski 2.0) represent a new way for education or another invention of the establishment to be done to teachers rather than developed with teachers?

No more suitability rankings

Following QTU advocacy, the teacher suitability assessment ranking process for graduate teachers has been discontinued.

From the VP: NAPLAN: You have been heard!

Three key ingredients for a successful campaign are anger, hope and action. These have been well and truly on display in our ongoing NAPLAN campaign.

Fair Funding Now! officially launched in Queensland

The Fair Funding Now! campaign was officially launched in Queensland on 19 May at QTU State Council.

Locality allowances process updated

A new public sector directive on locality allowances has been released, essentially updating the previous directive from 1999.

NAPLAN survey results are in: time for a review!

More than four and a half thousand teachers and school leaders have completed the QTU’s NAPLAN and MySchool member survey.

EB implementation: A checklist for teachers and school leaders

As the QTU starts the process of developing the next EB claim, it is important to take stock of what has been implemented and what needs to be in place as soon as possible.

Gonski 2.0: the concerns

On 30 April, the second Gonski report was released.

Gonksi 2.0: the recommendations

The recommendations of the second Gonski review, in full.

2018 Federal Budget

The Federal Budget released on 9 May failed to deliver fair funding for public schools, with the Turnbull government yet again prioritising big business over our children and their future.

Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships

The Education Council has released a major report into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Australian schools.

Juggling full-time teaching and professional sport

We all know that it’s hard work being a teacher, but next time you find yourself wondering where the hours go, spare a thought for Kirby Short.

Rachel's tips for academic success

Named 2017 Outstanding Academic Achiever at the Queensland Certificate of Education Achievement Awards, Rachel Hauenschild certainly knows how to succeed.

Waterfront dispute still relevant 20 years on

April 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Australian waterfront dispute between the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Patrick Corporation.

Legal: Domestic violence

What mandatory reporting obligations do teachers have when it comes to domestic violence?

TAFE key issues and growth

The QTU is focusing on a number of key TAFE issues in the coming months.


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