No. 21-15, 2 November 2015
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Additional student free day in 2016

Student free day – January 2016

The Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) welcomes the decision of the Minister and Cabinet to make Monday 25 January 2016 an additional flexible student free day. This decision was made in response to community concerns as well as those of teachers.

The addition of a flexible student free day on 25 January means that schools should now consult on how this day is to be used, as well as the other three flexible student free days. A local decision should be reached with LCC endorsement on whether or not teachers will be required to attend school on this day or undertake professional development in lieu of attendance on 25 January at another time in the year.

Schools will have already commenced discussions on how the 15 hours of flexible student free days currently gazetted for April will be undertaken. Many schools, for example, will agree that teachers will return to work on Wednesday 20 January 2016 rather than Thursday 21 January as one of these days. Some schools will work extended hours on these days (e.g. 7 hours, 7 hours, 6 hours, excluding lunch breaks) so that 10 of the 15 flexible student free day hours can be accessed on these days.

Additionally, schools must recognise the hours undertaken in teachers’ own time for mandatory professional development (if this mandatory PD is not delivered face to face on student free days) as counting towards these flexible hours.

It is important that schools act in accordance with the agreement between DET and the QTU. Schools must consult on how these flexible student free day hours will be accessed and the arrangements endorsed by the LCC as a workplace reform.


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Gonski Week

Thank you to all members for your active participation in Gonski week. We need a fully funded, needs-based, sector blind education funding model to ensure all students have a fair go.

 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union