No. 01-16, 21 Jan 2016 | Download as PDF
Welcome to 2016
Welcome back to the start of the 2016 school year. This will be a busy year, with the implementation of a number of new joint statements, the negotiation for a new certified agreement and ongoing developments in curriculum. The QTU is looking forward to working with members to continue to protect and improve working conditions throughout the year.
A win for QTU members on Australian Curriculum
In her Christmas message sent to all schools at the end of 2015, Education Minister Kate Jones said she had directed the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) to work with school sectors and stakeholders to identify a core curriculum by April 2016 – before consulting on 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 current implementation schedule, which requires all learning areas to be implemented by the end of 2016, still remains, pending renegotiation. However, 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. This is the position that the QTU will be taking in to negotiations in 2016.
In the interim, QTU members considering plans for implementing new learning areas or subjects in the Australian Curriculum should be guided by the principles and proposed processes adopted by QTU State Conference and previously communicated in Members’ Newsflash No. 11-15 of 22 July 2015.
Area meetings to consider the draft claim for EB negotiations commence in early Week 3 this term. The draft claim takes into consideration a number of key issues members have raised as part of the consultation process in 2015. The claim will primarily focus on processes to address workload and job security, while also addressing a number of key concerns of school leaders and teachers. Members are encouraged to attend their local area meetings to consider the draft claim and provide feedback to their State Council delegate. You can find details of your local meeting here. It is anticipated that the claim will be finalised at the first meeting of State Council on Saturday 12 March 2016.
New joint statements
At the end of last year, a number of revised and new joint statements were agreed between the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the QTU. The new joint statements include: School Reviews; Annual Performance Review Process for Principals and Deputy Principals; Master Teachers; and Planning, Preparation, Differentiation and Planning for Individual Students Including ICPs. The QTU is continuing to work with DET on a new joint statement on the Purpose and Use of Data in Queensland Schools. Additionally, a revised joint statement on Collegial Engagement in Classrooms has been completed. The QTU is currently developing support materials in conjunction with DET to assist members on the use of these statements.
As we begin another school year it is important that all potential members of the Union are invited to join. Maintaining high levels of membership in all schools ensures that we remain both industrially strong and have the resources to provide the services members need across the state. Please encourage any of your colleagues who have not yet joined the QTU by inviting them to join up personally. Information can be found here.
QCAA establishing senior syllabus learning area reference groups
As the state government continues with its plan for changes to senior assessment, the QCAA is convening nine learning area reference groups to provide advice relating to internal and external assessment and draft syllabuses in nine subject areas: arts, business and economics, English, HPE, technologies, humanities and social sciences, languages, mathematics and sciences.
Interested practising teachers with subject-discipline expertise are invited to nominate to be on the learning area reference groups. The Queensland Teachers’ Union has been asked to nominate a representative with discipline expertise to each of the nine reference groups. This process requires nominees to submit an application form to the QCAA. We encourage all interested members to read the memo, complete the nomination form and submit to QCAA by Monday 1st February 2015.
New leadership team for QTU
The elections for General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary were held at October State Council last year. At this election, QTU General Secretary Graham Moloney and Deputy General Secretary Kate Ruttiman were elected unopposed. Following the ballot for the remaining Deputy General Secretary position, Brendan Crotty (former South Queensland and Brisbane South Organiser) was elected to the position. As a consequence, Brendan commences his new role of Deputy General Secretary today. Former Deputy General Secretary Barry Welch’s term of office ceased on Wednesday 20 January 2016. Prior to becoming the Deputy General Secretary in 2013, Barry was the Moreton Organiser for a period of 20 years. The QTU wishes Barry well in his future endeavours. The new leadership team remain committed to working with members to continue to achieve successes and provide a strong Union, now and into the future.
Design the QTU's next Labour Day T-shirt!
Labour Day 2016 will be back in May, where it belongs. To celebrate that, and to continue proclaiming that QTU members are “proud of the profession”, the QTU is running a competition for members to come up with an original design for the Labour Day 2016 T-shirt.
For school-based members: what does “proud of the profession” look like to you? For TAFE members: what does "#TAFEProud" look like to you?
The competition closes on 6 February, 2016. For information about how to enter, go to www.qtu.asn.au/tshirt-comp
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
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