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Managing workload creep - 18 September 2019

In working with members on addressing teacher and school leader workload, it appears that many of you are being expected to undertake duties that otherwise would not fit into your role description.

This “workload creep” is a contributing factor in the increasing number of tasks being undertaken by teachers and school leaders.

In a step toward addressing teacher workload, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) developed a set of resources identifying which tasks were expected and which were not expected of teachers and school leaders.

The ACT’s “Addressing Teacher Workload” guidelines state that the core role of teachers is to improve student learning, and that this includes the planning, implementation, assessing and reporting of student educational experiences.

The guidelines identify administrative tasks (such as packing, stocktaking and moving equipment and furniture; photocopying; and cleaning and maintaining facilities, furniture and equipment) as not being expected of classroom teachers.

If a similar list was to be created in Queensland, what would these tasks be?

As we approach WWAM (Workload and Welfare Assertiveness Month) in November and start to consider our submissions to the new Workload Advisory Council (WAC), identifying the extra tasks we undertake and who might perform them in the future may be a first step in reducing teacher and school leader workload.

Uploaded 18 September 2019

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