School leader update
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 125 No 1, 21 February 2020, page no. 23
Across the state, the challenges facing school leaders vary from workplace to workplace. But there are a few important issues that all school leaders need to take stock of in their role.
This is any action, incident or behaviour that departs from reasonable conduct, in which a person is threatened, harmed, or injured by another person in the course of, or as a direct result of, his or her work. Importantly, as far as reasonably practicable, the department is not willing to accept or be exposed to risks that compromise its ability to meet its workplace health and safety commitments. The department has a zero-tolerance stance towards occupational violence, and responses must be evidence-based, measured and preventative.
Any significant changes to the operation or organisation of the department that may adversely affect the conditions, workload and/or work-life balance of employees covered by the current certified agreement must be the subject of timely consultation. The agreement also enables school leaders to review department “suggestions” and ensure consultation is part of the process, to help manage their workload.
The following four categories reflect the most significant challenges and issues raised during the QTU's consultations with school leaders.
- Managing workload
- Support services
- Wellbeing culture.
Leaders need to be aware of their situation and ask for support to assist with any of the four categories above.
Employees must undertake the mandatory all-staff training program as appropriate for their role. New employees should complete all sections and other related requirements of the appropriate product (online, face-to-face, self-paced workbook or key messages guide) by the end of first week of employment, prior to their first visit to a school or other department location, or as soon as possible after their first visit. Existing employees should: complete the most suitable product available for the refresher training program annually by 30 April, or as directed by a supervisor, manager or principal; retain a record of completion, participant workbook or self-paced workbook, as appropriate; sign and date the appropriate attendance register.
There has been an increase in members being investigated for their access of OneSchool. If you need to provide information relating to a student to an outside body, ensure you contact your regional office for appropriate authorisation.