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Queensland Teachers' Journal

October 2015

National Gonski Week 2015

National Gonski Week (26 October – 1 November) is set firmly within the context of Queensland’s State Education Week (25 October – 31 October) and World Teachers’ Day – Friday 30 October.

Editorial: QTU prepares for EB8

Now that the question of an interim increase for teachers and principals pending changes to Queensland industrial legislation has been settled, the Union’s attention turns to preparing and documenting our claim for EB8 in schools.

Member renewal notices go digital

The QTU will move to electronic distribution of membership renewal notices later this year.

From the President: Charter schools - NO WAY!

A recent opinion piece by Jennifer Buckingham of the Centre for Independent Studies (published widely but freely available here1) promotes charter schools, yet another failed American experiment, as an answer for imaginary issues in Australian education.

Adopting a position on data – the next step in addressing workload timewasters

Walk into any school across Queensland and one of the key messages you will get is that workload is oppressive. Unpack this message and a number of themes will emerge – the most common is that schools are being placed under pressure to “perform”. And how is this “performance” measured? Through data of course!

From the VP: Senior assessment changes represent a huge task

Queensland’s dedicated high school teachers are approaching the changes to the senior assessment and tertiary entrance system with professionalism and goodwill, but with many of the details yet to be announced, we are understandably concerned about the sheer size of the task ahead over the coming few years.

Review of IR legislation begins

The state government is acting on its pre-election commitment to restore fairness for public sector workers by establishing an Industrial Relations Legislative Reform Reference Group to review Queensland’s industrial legislation.

Pay rises negotiated for Queensland teachers

The QTU has successfully negotiated what are in effect interim pay increases for Queensland teachers with the new state government.

Time to restore the teachers’ union voice to AITSL

In June this year, then Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne made a unilateral decision to restructure the board of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). The Minister gave no reason for his decision.

Government announces additional teacher allocations

The Palaszczuk government has announced the distribution of an additional 875 teacher positions to Queensland state schools over three years.

Restoring the Balance - Professional Issues Conference 2015

The Joint QTU/IEUA-QNT Professional Issues Conference was held on Friday 21 August 2015 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

IPS advertised, but new rules apply

The Department of Education and Training has opened expressions of interest for the 2016 round of Independent Public Schools, but the process is very different from previous years and the conditions under which IPS operates are likely to be very different.

Telling a story – sharing your Gonski tale

Storytelling is such an important way of communicating. Let's look at what the Gonski story might look like.

Ending domestic and family violence in Queensland

The government recently published its response to the “Not Now, Not Ever - Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland” report, accompanied by a draft strategy which is open for consultation for three months.

“We’ve boundless plains to share”

While the core business of trade unions will always be to promote and protect the industrial rights and entitlements of workers, a unique aspect of the Australian union movement is demonstrated in the attention to social and community issues affecting us all.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor: Let justice and common sense prevail

Mojgan Shamsalipoor – an exceptional year 12 student at Yeronga State High School – was three months away from graduating when on Friday 7 August 2015, she was forcibly removed without warning from immigration detention in Brisbane and transferred to Darwin.

TAFE: Overtime and remuneration for additional work

There is continued confusion in TAFE workplaces regarding overtime and remuneration for undertaking additional work.

Commonwealth paid parental leave: still standing, but for how long?

Queensland teachers and their families will be left with only their employer-funded 14 weeks’ paid parental leave if the federal government gains the support of the Parliament for its proposal to deny them access to the Commonwealth paid parental leave scheme.

New Educator Network training 2015

On 4 and 5 September, a group of excited and enthusiastic teachers joined together at the Teachers’ Building in Brisbane to engage in the New Educator Network (NEN) training 2015.

Changes in QCU leadership

There are significant on-going changes to the leadership of the Queensland Council of Unions.

Changes to the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2015 was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 17 September.

New maintenance model piloted

The Department of Education and Training has been piloting an Asset Life Cycle Assessment program.

QTAD Q&A

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