Great Teachers = Great Results plan

The QTU has called on the government to meaningfully negotiate with the QTU around the issues in the Great Teachers = Great Results plan since its release in April 2013.

They have failed to do this.

Key elements of the plan that the government seeks to introduce in 2014 year are a system of performance review (which in all appearances is a performance appraisal process), fixed term performance based contracts for principals and performance bonuses. Members have been informed of these issues through a series of updates to schools and area meetings.

8 April : The Newman Government released Great Teachers = Great Results plan ("The Plan")

9 April : The QTU released its initial response to The Plan

7 May : The QTU released an action-by-action analysis of The Plan

This response includes the QTU position on each matter, as well as clearly indicating the QTU's preparedness to negotiate on some areas of The Plan.This has been provided to the Director General of DETE by Senior Officers of the QTU.

Ballot information:

Bulletins:

Newsflashes:

8 Nov 2013 : Members vote overwhelmingly to protect our profession, as Queensland gets Gonski (sort of...)

5 Nov 2013 : Government attacks your rights and conditions

Industrial relations legislation - Award stripping - Contracts - Indus…

16 October : Ballot for industrial action to protect the profession

The QTU is conducting a ballot of school members to authorise a 24 hou…

1 Nov 2013 : Ballot reminder - Further IR changes in Queensland

19 Sep 2013 : School closures

Information for members: School closures | Queensland Teachers = Quali…

5 August 2013 : QTU activities in schools

New "advice" issued by DETE reveals how the state government's latest …

31 May 2013 :QTU nominees removed from principal selection panels

29 May 2013 :Stand up for your profession - area meetings

1 May 2013 : Have you been consulted?

The state government continues to churn out ill-informed announcements…

15 April 2013 : State government failing Queensland education and teachers?

Rally - Wednesday April 17 - Government risks Gonski reforms - Govern…

Videos:

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Graham Moloney, QTU General Secretary

Video by QTU member in support of the ballot

Kate Ruttiman, QTU Deputy General Secretary

Sam Pidgeon, QTU Honorary Vice President

Articles:

Sleeping dragon, not so hidden agenda

Over the last term, the QTU has been advising members of the attacks on the profession resulting from the state government’s plan for education: Great Teachers=Great Results.

22 Oct 2013 : Class sizes matter to teachers, principals and parents

The manufactured crisis of teacher quality

Yet there is a distinct lack of evidence for the assertion that current teacher quality is poor...

GT=GR: parts of this plan are and will remain unacceptable

The Union’s focus for term four will centre on state education issues. Chief among these is the state government’s Great Teachers=Great Results action plan.

Queensland Teachers = Quality Teachers

The state government's vision includes a number of key issues that do not recognise the professionalism of Queensland’s teachers, the complexity of the communities in which we teach and the roles we undertake.

Deja vu: it didn't work overseas, why should it work here?

Teachers who have experienced the impact of plans like "Great Teacher = Great Results" in the UK and US, where such approaches are deeply entrenched, know only too well what could happen in Queensland.

Area meetings unanimous in concern over "Great Teachers = Great Results"

QTU nominees kicked off principal selection panels

“Great Teachers = Great Results” and the state government's education agenda

QTU response to "Great Teachers = Great Results"

Journal article May 2013 : A brief summary of the QTU's response to the plan.