Annual Performance Review (APR) processes are to be conducted in rostered duty time unless otherwise agreed. This is one of the key outcomes of the QTU/Queensland government workload reduction negotiations last year, outlined in the DoE/ QTU Agreed Statement 17 Sept 2020 (link at the bottom of this post).
This means that any conversations and/or meetings, formal and informal, to reflect on areas of strength and areas for development, to set goals or review those goals, should occur during school hours, unless teachers are consulted and agree to hold meetings at other times, outside of school hours, or in lieu of a staff meeting, however, this must be the subject of consideration at the Local Consultative Committee (LCC).
It is important that each teacher is engaged in the APR each year. In accordance with the agreement between DoE and the Union, the process is a developmental one and is designed to enhance the quality of teaching and provide collegial support to members. It is not a process of performance measurement and is separate and distinct from managing unsatisfactory performance. Additionally, to enable a genuine discussion between teachers and their supervisors regarding their developmental needs, the PDP is not to be pre-populated and is to focus on the establishment of SMART goals aligned to the school priorities and the developmental needs of teachers, to provide them with the best opportunities to support the students that they teach.
Remember, the LCC, which includes both management and member representatives, considers matters impacting on workload and should meet regularly (at least once a term). Teachers must be contributing to the decision-making process, not only in appearance, but in fact. The current agreement supports this in clause 3.1.9, where the local consultative committee (LCC) is recognised as the “key mechanism for managing workload issues at the workplace level.”
For advice or assistance with matters relating to APR, please contact our Queensland Teachers’ Assist desk on 1300 11 7823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to read the DoE/ QTU Agreed Statement: https://www.qtu.asn.au/application/files/4316/0040/8460/Agreed_Statement_17September2020.pdf