Extra-curricular events and MUP
Myth : If I don’t volunteer for extra-curricular events, my professionalism will be questioned and I will be on MUP.
Fact : Neither the duties and responsibilities of teachers in their generic role description nor the “Managing Unsatisfactory Performance - State School Teachers" [MUP] policy mention any required participation in extra-curricular activities. Attendance at and participation in these events is voluntary.
The vast majority of teachers do participate in extra-curricular activities, but there is a range of legitimate reasons which may arise during a teacher’s career that could cause them to choose to reduce such involvement.
The QTU believes that DET would not support a MUP process based on a teacher’s lack of involvement in such activities.
The MUP policy states that teachers are responsible and accountable for:
- effective and efficient teaching and learning practices in their classroom/s or other work areas
- student outcomes
- their own performance, including performance development and responding to and addressing performance concerns
- maintenance of relevant documentation, including but not limited to that related to lesson planning and preparation, curricula, testing/assessment, policy/procedure and professional development
- their own professional development through their positive engagement with the Developing Performance Framework
- seeking assistance from their colleagues, heads of program and school leaders if they are experiencing difficulties
- compliance with relevant legislation
- actively participating in the process
- responding to and addressing performance concerns
- identifying resources and assistance, in consultation with the principal, for the purpose of addressing performance concerns and meeting performance goals
- maintaining current teacher registration.
[Information updated 17 April 2014]
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