Frequently Asked Questions – Experienced Senior Teacher

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Who is eligible to apply for EST in 2019?

All four-year trained senior teachers with a minimum of two years (FTE) experience as a senior teacher (classification level A03/04) or all three-year trained senior teachers with a minimum of five years (FTE) experience as a senior teacher (classification level A23/03/04).  

This year’s round captures those senior teachers that meet eligibility between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.
What do I need to do to become an EST?

You need to complete the Experienced Senior Teacher (EST) Application pro-forma and have your supervisor verify the truthfulness of the statements/examples used in your application.

It should be recognised that most senior teachers should be able to access this new classification.

The success of applicants will be based on whether a panel believes an applicant has met or exceeded the selection criteria.

There are no additional duties associated with becoming an EST

What exactly is a “supervisor’s verification”? Who can complete it?

The supervisor’s verification confirms that the examples that you are using in your application are truthful. It should be completed by your immediate supervisor, which in most cases will be your HOD, HOC, HOSES or DP.

The process does not involve supervisors assessing the merit of applicants or commenting on the merits of particular activities cited by applicants in the application template.

If the supervisor verifying your application is not your principal, you will need to have your principal sign off in the final section of your application template.

I have heard that there are only a few EST positions in a cluster – is this true?

No. There are no quotas for the classification. EST is a personal classification. 

Will I be expected to do more if I become an EST?

No. The EST classification recognises those things that you do as a senior teacher. The classification does not create pseudo-classified officers in schools; it is a way to recognise and reward the experience of classroom teachers.

Can my supervisor/principal refuse to sign my application?

No, however, a supervisor can indicate that they cannot verify the statements in the application.

If this happens supervisors are required to make a comment outlining why this verification cannot be made. Consequently, you as the applicant will have the right to respond to these comments prior to submission as outlined in the Applicant Information Package.

Can my supervisor/principal indicate they will not sign the application if I do not have certain qualifications/roles – e.g. ICT pedagogical license/Subject Area Co-ordinator?

No. It is not the role of the supervisor to determine the merits of the application or whether or not your application is complete enough. Their role is to verify that the statements made are true. The panels will determine the merits or otherwise of the application.

Can my supervisor/principal prescribe the length of my application or what it looks like?

No. The application should adhere to the guidelines outlined on the application form.  Evidence for each response to selection criteria should be 200-250 words.  To highlight a particular piece of evidence outlined in your response to selection criteria, you may choose to include an additional attachment such as a lesson plan or unit overview.

Can my supervisor/principal require an interview with me as part of my application?

No. Supervisors may request to meet with you to discuss the supervisor’s verification but not to interview you to determine whether or not you should get the classification.

Does service in a private school as a senior teacher count toward my eligibility for an experienced senior teacher?

No. The experience as a senior teacher must be in a Queensland State School. 

Does service interstate or overseas count toward my eligibility for experienced senior teacher?

Yes.  Employees from interstate can access EST provided that they can demonstrate that they have met the relevant years of service, complete the application process, and have their application verified by their supervisor and reviewed by a Queensland panellist.  

Does experience as a temporary teacher count toward my eligibility for experienced senior teacher?

All experience as a senior teacher in Queensland state schools counts toward eligibility for EST. If you have been engaged as a temporary teacher at senior teacher level, then this contributes toward your eligibility. However, to apply in this round you must currently be engaged in a Queensland state school.

Will my service as a classified officer with the Department of Education be recognised for experienced senior teacher eligibility?

Yes. If you have returned to the classroom from a school-based classified officer role then satisfactory service as a classified officer will count toward eligibility.

What if I am not sure I am eligible to apply in this round?

DoE have recognised that, for a variety of reasons that include part-time service and periods of leave, uncertainty may arise regarding the eligibility of some senior teachers to apply.  To seek clarification regarding individual circumstances, teachers are able to contact the DoE’s Teacher Classifications Team to request a statement of service via

The QTU encourages most strongly any senior teacher who considers they are “potentially” eligible to contact the Teacher Classifications Team to have their eligibility “confirmed”. Members should not wait to hear from DoE before working on their application.

I become eligible for EST on or after 1 July 2019 – can I apply now?

No. Any senior teacher who becomes eligible after 30 June 2019 will not be eligible in this round.

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