Correction: in the emailed version of this QTU Member Newsflash, under the Experienced Senior Teacher information it stated “In 2019, four-year trained teachers will need to complete two years of full-time equivalent service, and three-year trained teachers five years of full-time equivalent service.” This should have read “In 2019, four-year trained teachers will need to complete two years of full-time equivalent service as a senior teacher, and three-year trained teachers five years of full-time equivalent service as a senior teacher.” We apologise for any confusion.
QTU Members' Newsflash No. 02-19, 4 March 2019 | DOWNLOAD PDF
NAPLAN Online ban deadline looms
The NAPLAN Online ban remains in place and will not be lifted unless the conditions set last year can be fully satisfied.
A final decision on the ban will be made at QTU State Council on 9 March. Since early 2018, the Queensland Teachers’ Union has been working with the Queensland Government and the Department of Education to resolve a range of issues which triggered the industrial action by teachers authorised at the end of 2017 and implemented from the beginning of 2018. The full history of the QTU’s actions is available on our website www.qtu.asn.au/NAPLAN
The QTU State Council meeting of 11 August 2018 determined that the ban on NAPLAN Online would not be lifted until:
- the Queensland Department of Education can guarantee that there will be no disadvantage experienced by schools by moving to NAPLAN Online
The guarantee sought has not yet been given by the Department of Education.
- an effective joint statement has been negotiated between the Union and the Department of Education that addresses the concerns the QTU raised about the impact of NAPLAN in Queensland
The QTU and the Department of Education successfully negotiated a Joint Statement on NAPLAN which is currently in use in schools, and the QTU has prepared advice for schools to assist with interpretation (unpacking NAPLAN Joint Statement)
- the Queensland Government is committed to acting on the findings of the Queensland NAPLAN Review.
The Queensland Government, through Education Minister Grace Grace, has completed the Queensland Review of NAPLAN as promised, but it is yet to be released. Consequently, no commitment has been given by the state government to act on the findings.
The QTU has written to the Minister seeking urgent action on the remaining conditions. The status of the ban on NAPLAN Online will be considered by the March meeting of QTU State Council.
At this time, QTU Senior Officers and Executive will have no option but to recommend the continuation of the ban on NAPLAN Online, given that the reasonable conditions set have not been fully delivered.
At the national level, the issues with the data produced by the parallel NAPLAN tests delivered in 2018 have not been resolved. The Council of Australian Governments Ministerial Council on Education (Ministerial Council) ordered The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to produce a technical review of NAPLAN at the end of 2018, and this has not yet been publicly released. The Ministerial Council determined that the concerns about the data were so great that the data should not be published until the Ministers were satisfied that the issues could be satisfactorily explained. That prohibition remains in place.
The QTU believes that the ongoing doubt is bad for schools and that the Queensland Government would be wise to simply determine to withdraw from NAPLAN Online for 2019. In the absence of such a decision, and the failure to satisfy the reasonable expectations set last year, the only option is to leave the ban on NAPLAN Online in place.
The QTU is aware of the time-sensitive nature of this decision, and wants to give schools certainty. The March Council deadline is critical for this reason. Schools will be notified of the outcome of these final negotiations in the week commencing 11 March.
Experienced senior teacher
The 2019 application round for experienced senior teacher is now open until 29 March.
As a result of EB8 in 2016, there have been some significant changes. The most significant of these changes is the reduction in eligibility requirements. In 2019, four-year trained teachers will need to complete two years of full-time equivalent service as a senior teacher, and three-year trained teachers five years of full-time equivalent service as a senior teacher.
In addition to the eligibility reduction, the QTU has negotiated a streamlined application process that reduces applicant workload, and aligns the application to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
The classification is selected on merit, and there is no quota on the number of successful applications.
Teachers who believe they are eligible can apply online at https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/.
To support the application process, the QTU has prepared a suite of documents, available at https://www.qtu.asn.au/est.
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union