Frequently Asked Questions – Experienced Senior Teacher

Feb 2018 |  pdf

1.  Who is eligible to apply for EST in 2018?

All four-year trained senior teachers with a minimum of three years (FTE) experience as a senior teacher or all three-year trained senior teachers with a minimum of six years (FTE) experience as a senior teacher.

This year’s round captures those senior teachers that meet eligibility between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.

2.  What do I need to do to become an EST?

You need to complete the “Response to the Selection Criteria Pro-forma” in the Applicant Information Package and have your supervisor verify the truthfulness of the statements/examples used in your application.

It should be recognised that most senior teachers should be able to access this new classification.

The success of applicants will be based on whether a panel believes an applicant has met or exceeded the selection criteria.

There are no additional duties associated with becoming an EST.

3.  How current do the examples I use in my application need to be?

It is preferable that the examples that you use under each selection criteria should relate to your current experience as a senior teacher. However, where other duties have been performed previously, these may also be used. It is expected that the examples used in addressing the selection criteria have currency.

4.  What exactly is a “supervisor’s verification”? Who can complete it?

The supervisor’s verification confirms that the examples that you are using in your application are truthful. It should be completed by your immediate supervisor, which in most cases will be your HOD, HOC, HOSES or DP.

The process does not involve supervisors assessing the merit of applicants or commenting on the merits of particular activities cited by applicants in the pro-forma.

5.  I have heard that there are only a few EST positions in a cluster – is this true?

No. There are no quotas for the classification. EST is a personal classification

6.  Will I be expected to do more if I become an EST?

No. The EST classification recognises those things that you do as a senior teacher. The classification does not create pseudo-classified officers in schools; it is a way to recognise the experience of classroom teachers.

7.  Can my supervisor/principal refuse to sign my application?

No, however, a supervisor can indicate that they cannot verify the statements in the application. If this happens supervisors are required to make a comment outlining why this verification cannot be made. Consequently, you as the applicant will have the right to respond to these comments prior to submission as outlined in the Applicant Information Package.

8.  Can my supervisor/principal indicate they will not sign the application if I do not have certain qualifications/roles – e.g. ICT pedagogical license/Subject Area Co-ordinator?

No. It is not the role of the supervisor to determine the merits of the application or whether or not your application is complete enough. Their role is to verify that the statements made are true. The panels will determine the merits or otherwise of the application.

9.  Can my supervisor/principal prescribe the length of my application or what it looks like?

No. The application should only be two pages in length and in dot points under the headings on the Response to the Selection Criteria pro-forma available in the Applicant Information Package. Other information/submissions will not be considered by the panels.

10.   Can my supervisor/principal require an interview with me as part of my application?

No. Supervisors may request to meet with you to discuss the supervisor’s verification but not to interview you to determine whether or not you should get the classification.

12.  Does service interstate or overseas count toward my eligibility for experienced senior teacher?

No. The experience as a senior teacher must be in a Queensland state school.

13.  Does experience as a temporary teacher count toward my eligibility for experienced senior teacher?

All experience as a senior teacher in Queensland state schools counts toward eligibility for EST. If you have been engaged as a temporary teacher at senior teacher level, then this contributes toward your eligibility. However, to apply in this round you must currently be engaged in a Queensland state school.

14.  Will my service as a classified officer with the Department of Education be recognised for experienced senior teacher eligibility?

Yes. If you have returned to the classroom from a school-based classified officer role then satisfactory service as a classified officer will count toward eligibility. Provided that you have a minimum of 12 year’s satisfactory service with DoE as either a classified officer (e.g. HOC/HOSES/HOD/Principal) and a classroom teacher and you are four-year trained you are eligible for EST.

15.  What if I am not sure I am eligible to apply in this round?

DoE have recognised that, for a variety of reasons that include part-time service and periods of leave, uncertainty may arise regarding the eligibility of some senior teachers to apply. Accordingly, DoE have arranged a process by which senior teachers can have their eligibility to apply for the classification investigated.

DoE have informed the QTU that their EST material includes a point of contact for those senior teachers who need to confirm their eligibility. DoE’s documentation recommends all potential applicants complete and submit an application to ensure they meet the deadline.

The QTU encourages most strongly any senior teacher who considers they are “potentially” eligible to submit an application at the same time as they contact DoE to have their eligibility “confirmed”. Members should not wait to hear from DoE before working on their application.

16.  I become eligible for EST on or after 1 July 2018 – can I apply now?

No. Any senior teacher who becomes eligible after 30 June 2018 will not be eligible in this round.