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]
QTU stands in solidarity
The Queensland Teachers’ Union wishes to express its shock at the killing of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and stands in solidarity with the many brave teachers who risked their own lives to protect the students in their care.
These horrific events reveal the deep commitment and bravery of members of our profession under the most extreme of circumstances, and we are proud to stand with them at this terrible time.QTU, 16 Feb 2018
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