No. 13-18, 14 August 2018 | NAPLAN Online ban still in place | EOI for QTU Rep on board of QCT | EB9
TO: QTU MEMBERS
QTU NAPLAN Online ban: still in place
The QTU ban on NAPLAN Online remains in place. In June, in consideration of the Queensland Government’s agreement to conduct a review of NAPLAN and the commencement of negotiations on a NAPLAN joint statement, the QTU Executive determined to lift the ban in relation ONLY to time sensitive NAPLAN Online training and readiness activities. This decision was communicated in a Newsflash on 27 June.
In the absence of a decision as to whether NAPLAN Online will take place in 2019, the QTU agreed with the Department of Education that a limited range of activities could be undertaken throughout semester two to ensure that workload and resources were not put under strain in the early part of 2019, should the QTU lift the ban on the test. These activities are only to be undertaken by those schools volunteering to undertake the training in readiness for NAPLAN Online in 2019 should the ban be lifted.
QTU members may be aware that in early August, a number of questions arose about the capacity of ACARA to compare the results achieved in the NAPLAN Online test with those arising from the paper test. As a result of QTU action banning NAPLAN Online in 2018, the only Queensland state schools impacted by this issue were the 18 that broke the Union directive and implemented the online test.
The QTU asserts that if the Department of Education or the Queensland Government retain any concerns about NAPLAN Online, then they must make the decision to withdraw Queensland schools until such time as they are assured that there are no issues. If the Department of Education cannot provide teachers and school leaders with an assurance that no disadvantage will be experienced by those schools moving to NAPLAN Online, the QTU ban on NAPLAN Online must remain in place.
On 11 August, QTU State Council resolved that the ban on the 2019 NAPLAN Online test would only be lifted if:
- the Queensland Department of Education can guarantee that there will be no disadvantage experienced by those moving to NAPLAN Online
- an effective joint statement between the Union and the Department of Education that addresses the concerns the QTU has raised about the impact of NAPLAN in Queensland has been negotiated
- the Queensland Government is committed to acting on the findings of the Queensland NAPLAN review.
To support negotiation of a joint statement on NAPLAN in Queensland schools, the QTU has released a position statement. This addresses a wide range of issues including: curriculum planning, assessment, academic reporting, NAPLAN preparation, use of NAPLAN data and student wellbeing. It is hoped that the joint statement will be available to schools in term four to support school planning for 2019.
The Queensland review of NAPLAN is now underway and QTU members are encouraged to look out for their opportunity to contribute their thoughts and experiences. While the QTU as a major stakeholder will provide feedback to the review on behalf of members, it is important that all teachers, school leaders and other members of the school community impacted by NAPLAN take the time to have their say.
Final results of the QTU’s NAPLAN survey have now been released. These are available on the QTU website.
QTU Representative on the board of the Queensland College of Teachers
Expressions of interest are called for members interested in representing the QTU on the board of the Queensland College of Teachers for the three (3) year term commencing 1 January 2019.
The representative must be a financial member of the Queensland Teachers’ Union and a practising teacher in a state school.
The expression of interest must include:
- Membership number
- Current workplace
- Current QTU branch
- Email address
- A signed agreement as follows:
“If appointed to the position of QTU Representative on the board of the Queensland College of Teachers I hereby agree to:
A. act if appointed
B. follow Union policy and directives if appointed
C. that should I cease to be a member of the Union or should I be requested by a decision of the Council of the Union to resign from the position, I will resign.”
The expression of interest should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae no longer than two pages that includes the name of two current financial members of the QTU who support the expression of interest.
Expression of interests for the position of QTU Representative on the board of the Queensland College of Teachers should be forwarded to the QTU no later than midday, Friday 31 August 2018 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 07 35129050.
Executive will consider the expressions of interest at its meeting on Monday 3 September and advise the nominees of the outcome of its deliberations no later than Wednesday 5 September.
State Council also considered the timelines for consultation regarding the development of the claim for EB9. Union Reps will be asked to conduct workplace meetings between 20 August and 12 September to consider a series of resolutions. Further information regarding these meetings will be provided to Union Reps in an Update later this week.
Research invitation: teacher wellbeing
Researchers attempting to understand how self-compassion impacts on teachers’ experiences of stress are looking for teachers interested in participating in a study. To find out more, visit the study’s Facebook page or website.
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union