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Workload reduction matters - 28 April 2021

The QTU’s focus has always been on advocating for a sustainable reduction in our members’ workload. The intent of the workload reduction resources is to support members in schools by outlining what the key areas would look like if the requirements were being delivered. Below is a handy guide to the resources that are available to members:

➡️ One-page resources for key areas

The QTU have developed one-page resources for each of the key areas contained in the workload reduction resource (poster). These resources will support local action as members can use them to audit the current situation at their workplace to determine if the requirements are being met and to make notes of what the next steps might be in terms of consultation and completing the workload action plan. These new one-page resources are now available on the website (member only access).

You can find the new workload action resource page here: https://www.qtu.asn.au/…/workload-reduction-action-resources

➡️ Workload reduction resource (poster)

The workload reduction resource has had a small change in the wording in the REPORTING section. It should be noted that, if a school determines via a workload audit that it is meeting the requirement in a key area, then we are not suggesting that they do more. It is the QTU’s view that the requirements are just that, and provided that workload does not increase, if schools wish to extend beyond what is required, they should be able to do so, following consultation at the local level.

You can find the updated resource poster here:
https://www.qtu.asn.au/application/files/2616/1956/6109/workload_reduction_resource_A2_Poster.pdf

➡️ Regional initiatives (including requests for data)

Following on from last week’s Workload Wednesday post on data, members should note that this applies to school and regional initiatives including requests for additional data. Schools are required to have a data plan.

Proposed new initiatives at the school, regional and system levels will be subject to consideration of workload impact and consultation with the QTU, in accordance with the certified agreement. These include regional pedagogical frameworks, models of collegial engagement, and data collection. For example, being asked to collet and report datain addition to mandatory data requirements without consultation is not a requirement. These requests add to workload of QTU members. Unless consultation has occurred at the local level and there is a way for the initiative to be implemented without adding to workload, then the response to the request should be no.

The Joint Statement on the purpose and use of data is available here: https://www.qtu.asn.au/application/files/8516/1241/5827/AQSA_Joint_statement_Purpose_and_use_of_Data_Feb2021.pdf

Further resources to support workload reduction can be accessed here: https://www.qtu.asn.au/workload_reduction/workload-reduction-action-resourceshttps://www.qtu.asn.au/workload_reduction/workload-reduction-action-resources

For advice or assistance with matters relating to workload reduction or the purpose and use of data please contact our Queensland Teachers’ Assist desk on 1300 11 7823 or email qtu@qtu.asn.au

Uploaded 28 April 2021

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