School staffing campaign
In its 2012 Budget, the state government funded only 270 additional teachers, teacher-aides and support staff, even though an estimated 837 were needed to cater for enrolment growth in 2013.
The shortfall, amounting to 569 full-time equivalent positions, is being funded by redirecting staffing allocations previously used by schools to limit class sizes, provide early literacy support and allow schools to offer a broader curriculum.
The result is that schools are operating with reduced teacher numbers, despite having an equal or greater number of students.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek has been reported as dismissing these staffing cuts as "minor adjustments", but QTU members are campaigning to make it clear that these "adjustments" are having major repercussions in our schools and that they will not tolerate penny-pinching at the expense of providing quality, well-resourced education to our students.
Find out how you can take part in the campaign by reading the Newsflash (8 Feb 2013).
28 March 2013 : Also in this issue, find time to "give a gonski" during the school holidays
Government yet to hear the message on school staffing8 Feb 2013: As the state government's staffing cuts begin to bite, QTU members need to make it clear to the Education Minister that these "adjustments" are having major repercussions in our schools. Read more ...
8 Feb 2013 : Staffing shortfalls start biting in schoolsQTU President Kevin Bates : It seems that members' worst fears are becoming reality, with reports coming into the Union of prep classes of up to 32, subjects being dropped from high school offerings and contract teachers being "let go" purely due to budgetary constraints...
12 Sep 2012 : Devils emerge from education budget detailThe Queensland Teachers' Union has warned that state schools will be hit even harder than expected by the state budget.
Staffing: no excuse for under resourcing16 Nov 2012 : With the release of its first budget, the Newman government brought into question its commitment to the continuing provision of adequate resourcing for schools...
Newman government's first budget contains little good news for education5 October 2012 : The first Newman government State Budget, brought down on 11 September, confirmed the cut and slash fiscal and economic strategy foreshadowed in the so-called Independent Commission of Audit Interim Report...
Application for additional staffing to regions – post Day 8
Union reps should discuss the impact of staffing cuts with principals and other school leaders. Schools affected by budget cuts can apply to their region for an additional allocation through the Application for Additional Staffing Allocation form. Each region will produce a form to be completed by the principal of the particular school, outlining such issues as:
- the reason for the application
- details of the employee type and period requested
- current and proposed class arrangements or the other impacts of the cuts
- detailed and comprehensive explanation for the reasons behind the application
For further information, please read the Union Rep Update issued on 25 January 2013
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