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Queensland Teachers' Journal

November 2015

Editorial: Goodbye to 2015, but what will 2016 bring?

General Secretary Graham Moloney looks back at the QTU's achievements during 2015 and looks ahead to the new year.

It’s official: Labour Day holiday moved to May

The Queensland Parliament has passed amendments to the Holidays Act 1983 which officially return Labour Day to the first Monday in May from 2016.

QCU Emma Miller Awards celebrates Jenni

The Queensland Council of Unions’ 2015 Emma Miller Awards have recognised Lead Union Rep and QTU Peninsula Area Council President Jenni Holmes.

From The President: A retrospective look at the year in public education

Much has been said and written about the startling defeat of the Newman LNP government. While this was a watershed moment for Queensland, it is crucial that we take the time to celebrate the achievements of the teachers, principals and students in our state schools and TAFE

QTU makes submission to IR review

The QTU has made a submission to the Queensland Government's wide-ranging review of the state's IR system to ensure that the voice of our members is heard during the process.

From The VP: Be proud of yourself

As you farewell the students for the holidays and contemplate the summer break ahead, why not take some time to reflect on what you’ve achieved and what you’re proud of?

United Nations told: "teachers matter"

Susan Hopgood, AEU Federal Secretary and President of Education International, has addressed the United Nations for the opening in September of the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

New "Gonski" funding model negotiated

The QTU, the Queensland Government and the department have negotiated a new model for distributing Gonski funding that is much closer to the original recommendations of the Gonski Review.

Government unveils digital technologies plans

The Queensland Premier and the Education Minister have launched “#codingcounts: a discussion paper on coding and robotics in Queensland schools”.

Education plan

The Queensland Government has invited feedback on Advancing education: An action plan for education in Queensland.

More time and resources needed for revised Australian Curriculum

State and territory Education Ministers have endorsed changes to P-10 Australian Curriculum content descriptions and achievement standards, changes which have done little to declutter or reduce the amount of content in the curriculum.

Selecting education leaders

The leadership skills of education leaders are a key factor in school effectiveness, but how do we make sure that the right people are in the right role?

Selection panel changes

Following discussions with representatives of the QTU, DET has agreed to modify selection panel composition requirements for classified teaching recruitment panels.

VET FEE-HELP poses "unacceptable risk"

The third federal parliamentary report into TAFE and VET in two years has further underlined the rot in the vocational training and education training system in Australia and has called for changes to the way the VET FEE-HELP scheme is run.

What now for EB8?

Last year, QTU members turned their minds to key issues that they wanted to see negotiated in the next certified agreement.Twelve months later the bargaining environment looks very different and our claim needs to be redeveloped and our bargaining and campaigning filters re-engaged.

How does EB work?

Every three years or so we gear up for our EB campaign, and then for the duration of that agreement we work/argue/negotiate with the government to ensure it delivers on what’s in the agreement. But how does it work?

Stronger together: QTU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference 2015

The 2015 QTU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference was a thoughtful and inspiring event for all delegates and presenters.

A refugee's tale

Recent events in our state, the nation and around the world have highlighted the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, yet the unique stories that each individual carries with them often go untold. Here, QTU member Majeed shares the story of his journey to Australia 27 years ago.

Flexible work arrangements and permanent part-time employment

It can be difficult to know how to access the right information and then navigate the territory of workplace flexibility in your school.

Executive principals

The QTU has negotiated an increase in the allocation of executive principals.

Beginning teacher mentoring clarified

A number of questions have been raised by both mentors and new educators regarding the beginning teacher mentoring in schools program.

Legal: Mandatory notification: the need for an evidentiary record

A person who gives a notification, whether under the general duty of care, under an employer instruction or under a mandatory provision such as those referred to in relation to the department’s “Report of Suspected Harm or Risk of Harm”, may be called as a witness.