Education Leaders Conference – United in Professionalism
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 124 No 1, 15 February 2019, page no. 6
The QTU’s 2018 Education Leaders Conference, “United in Professionalism”, took place in term four, providing school leaders with a deeper understanding of current issues, as well as updating them on the latest developments at the state and national levels.
The day saw the launch of the Joint Statement on NAPLAN in Queensland Schools, which sets out clear expectations of what should and should not be associated with NAPLAN testing and data in all Queensland state schools. Also launched was the first edition of the “QTU Education Leaders and the Law Guide”, which specifically focuses on the legal issues that impact on school leaders (it can be ordered by emailing email@example.com).
The keynote address was by Professor Alan Reid, Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Queensland. He spoke on “Changing Direction: How Australian Education Policy is taking us backwards, and what can be done about it”. Other guest speakers included Grace Grace (Minister for Education) and Tony Cook (Director-General, DoE).
The day also featured two panels. The first was a discussion about the Promotional Positions Classification Review consisting of Jeff Hunt (Deputy Director- General, DoE) and Graham Moloney (QTU General Secretary). Jeff Hunt is the Chair of the Working Party for the PPCR and Graham Moloney has been lead negotiator for the QTU on the PPCR Working Party. Delegates were provided with an opportunity to ask questions and make comment with regard to the PPCR.
The second was a Q&A session with Tony Cook (Director-General, DoE) and Sam Pidgeon (the then QTU Vice-President), featuring much discussion about Independent Public Schools.
This conference is organised every two years by the QTU’s Education Leaders’ Committee.