19 February 2016      No. 04-16
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Don’t miss your chance to reduce your workload – help identify the core P-10 Australian Curriculum

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is conducting a series of face to face forums and webinars, between late February and early March 2016, to give members the opportunity to provide feedback on the implementation of the P-10 Australian Curriculum in Queensland. The dates of the forums and webinars are outlined in the QCAA Memo Number 015/16.

The QTU lobbied intensely for members to have the opportunity to identify the core and optional components of the Australian Curriculum and strongly encourages members to attend these forums and webinars. If you are unable to attend the forums, please pass your feedback on to your HOC, HOD, HOSES, Deputy Principal or Principal, to raise on your behalf. All schools should endeavour to send a representative to these forums. Teachers unable to attend a forum should register for a webinar. Following the forums, the QCAA will prepare a report to the Minister (by the end of April).

Last year Education Minister Kate Jones agreed with the QTU that more work was needed to review and identify the core content of each of the learning areas of the P-10 Australian Curriculum. The Minister directed the QCAA to work with school sectors and stakeholders to identify a core curriculum by April 2016 – before consulting on revised implementation timelines. The QTU has been a strong and persistent voice advocating for this sensible approach, as we recognise the need for a core curriculum to be identified in order to reduce member workload and address concerns that the curriculum is indeed overcrowded.

The previous implementation schedule, which has all remaining learning areas earmarked for implementation by the end of this year, was unrealistic and unattainable without significant additional resources in schools. At QTU State Council on 17 October members voted to advocate for a revised timeline that will see schools implementing the remaining areas of the Australian Curriculum no sooner than the end of 2020 and this is the position that the QTU will take when negotiations occur.

Gonski Sign-up a Supporter Day Saturday 20 February

Tomorrow across the country parents and teachers will be signing up supporters to the Gonski campaign and sharing their Gonksi stories about how needs-based resourcing is making a difference every day in our schools.

You can assist with this important activity by going to www.igiveagonski.com.au and signing up, if you have not yet had the chance to register your support.

Please encourage your colleagues, family and friends to do the same.

We will continue the campaign to see bipartisan support for the Gonski model so that school funding is no longer treated as a political football and all schools have the resources they need to ensure every child, no matter what their circumstances or postcode, can reach their potential

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