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Queensland Teachers' Journal August 2015

Local campaign secures special school for Cairns

After years of campaigning, the State Budget brought cause for cautious celebration for many FNQ teachers and parents, with the announcement of funding for the long-awaited Cairns Special School.

QTU helps girls in remote areas enjoy their big night

The QTU’s Women Teachers and Girls Education Committee (WTGEC) has launched Girlz ‘n Frox, a new initiative which aims to connect senior girls living in isolated and remote communities with pre-loved and donated formal wear.

Editorial: Taking stock of government

Six months after the election of the Palaszczuk government, it is worthwhile taking stock of the changes that have occurred.

From the President: There is power in our Union

My recent experience at the 7th Education International World Congress in Ottawa, Canada, caused me to reflect on some things that we take for granted: not least of which is the meaning of the word union.

Safe schools do better!

The Safe Schools program is now available in Queensland, with the aim of creating safer educational environments where every family can belong, every teacher can teach, and every student can learn.

From the VP: Inclusive really does mean everybody

There is work we do as teachers and school leaders which is fundamental to our schools and TAFEs being places that are welcoming and safe for all.

Naming workload woes

We asked, and you told us. When the QTU asked members what they believed were the biggest time wasters in their professional lives – the activities that add significantly to workload but have little or no apparent educational benefit ­– nearly 500 feedback forms were submitted via the QTU website.

Workload: something must be done

The information from the time wasters survey confirms members' previous advice - something needs to be done about workload.

State Budget 2015: education a priority

On Tuesday 14 July, Treasurer Curtis Pitt delivered the Palaszczuk government’s first state budget.

Negotiations underway for new highly accomplished classification

The recent State Budget saw the state government follow through on its Letting Teachers Teach election promise by committing $6 million over three years to develop a new classification structure for teachers. Published : QTJ Vol. 120, no.6, 21 Aug 2015,p.14

Curriculum ban lifted

The QTU’s curriculum directive has been withdrawn after the Education Minister addressed members’ concerns.

EI Congress: attacks on profession are global

Attacks on public education and teachers and their unions are international rather than local, and require collaboration and solidarity between teacher unions internationally.

The difference Gonski funding can make

While the “GRG” funding won for Queensland schools through the Gonski campaign has not been distributed along Gonski principles, the fact that there has been extra funding, delivered directly to schools and used judiciously, has resulted in better educational outcomes in so many instances. Here's the proof.

Federal control will not cure TAFE's ills

Among a number of proposals emerging from the “Reform the Federation” process was a suggestion that the Commonwealth take on sole responsibility for funding the VET sector.

Beginning teachers: Challenge yourself - go remote

I’m very much an opportunist, so when Griffith University offered me a chance to undertake a rural practicum, I seized the opportunity with both hands.

We all stand on sacred ground: NAIDOC Week 2015

Each July NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Milestone policy changes to maximise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander member activism

At the QTU Biennial Conference, held during the mid-year holidays, a number of important policy changes were agreed related to increasing the participation of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members.

QTAD Q&A

Performance plans / spousal leave / reporting to parents

Legal: Monash University Accident Research Centre

In discharging the duty to take reasonable steps to minimise risk of injury to students and staff, information is vital. Research projects can be very helpful.

Anna Stewart Memorial Project 2015