Staff meetings will differ from school to school.
The provision regarding staff meetings was included in the certified agreement in an attempt to address a range of issues that have commonly arisen in schools. The provision acts in conjunction with the Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006 (QLD).
The role of the LCC (see last week’s WW post) is to clearly outline the purpose, frequency and duration of staff meetings in the school and ensure there is broad consultation around the topic.
Once feedback from members has been received through the LCC and the purpose, frequency and duration of staff meetings is confirmed, the school meeting schedule should be published on the school calendar and via LCC minutes.
When developing staff meeting schedules, it is important for schools to take public holidays into consideration, as well as planned school activities such as after school PD being held in lieu of attendance at student free days and parent-teacher interviews.
It is the view of the QTU that if a principal determines that a staff meeting needs to be re-scheduled to a different day due to a public holiday, this change should be identified during the consultation phase so that all members are aware and can plan around it.
It is important to recognise that the principal maintains some discretion around staff meeting agendas, and that it is not possible nor desirable for the LCC to plan every agenda item for every staff meeting throughout the year. Schools should establish an understanding that there is some flexibility around staff meetings. For example, additional staff meetings may be called in exceptional circumstances, such as following critical incidents and for school reviews. Conversely, weekly staff meetings are not mandatory and may be cancelled if there is not a need, or if staff are involved in other school activities, such as parent teacher interviews or report card peer reviews.
But, I work part time?
Part-time teachers and supply teachers are not required to attend staff meetings on days on which they do not work. Important information shared in staff meetings will need to be made available to part-time teachers to enable them to participate fully and appropriately as staff members.
Uploaded 17 February 2021