Supply teachers and playground duty
Myth : Supply teachers must undertake as many playground duties as they are directed.
Fact : A supply teacher, like any other teacher, has the right to a reasonable meal break each lunch period. The QTU defines a reasonable break to be at least 30 uninterrupted minutes. So while there is no specific limit to how many playground duties can be allocated, they must allow for this break. The other point is that a supply teacher should only be undertaking the duties associated with the teacher he or she is replacing, and not undertaking additional duties.
[Information updated 8 February 2018]
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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