No. 17-19, 17 September 2019 | DOWNLOAD PDF
To QTU Members
17 Sep 2019: Global climate strike; EB9 employer ballot; NAPLAN Online directive; preservice teacher supervision campaign; professional Issues survey
In this Newsflash:
- Global climate strike
- EB9 – employer ballot
- NAPLAN Online directive
- Preservice teacher supervision campaign
- Professional issues survey
Further to Newsflash 16-19, members are reminded of the QTU’s support for the global climate strike occurring on Friday 20 September.
Members wishing to participate in the strike or show their support are encouraged to have the outcomes of their workplace meetings seeking a directive or resolutions of support for the strike forwarded to the QTU no later than 4pm on Wednesday 18 September.
By now, members should have received notification of the EB9 employer ballot. In accordance with the decision of members to support the EB offer in the QTU ballot, members are encouraged to vote yes to the proposed agreement.
The department is obliged by the Industrial Relations Act 2016 (Qld) to conduct a ballot to ensure that a valid majority of employees have voted in favour of the agreement. This is part of the certification process the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission must consider when approving the new agreement.
Some members have expressed concern regarding the process of the ballot. The ballot provides a unique identifier to be entered into a system to allow for voting to occur. This is to ensure that multiple votes are not cast and to guarantee that only people who are eligible to vote, actually do vote in the ballot. This is a common practice across agencies and there is absolutely nothing untoward in relation to this issue.
The ballot is due to close this Friday (20 September), and the certification process should occur soon after.
The state government has released the terms of reference for the three-state NAPLAN review. It is estimated that the review will cost $1 million and will build on the previous and current work of the QTU and Department of Education regarding the 2018 Queensland review, the reviews associated with NAPLAN Online and the joint statements regarding data and NAPLAN. The final report from the review is due to the Education Council in June 2020, with an interim report in December. The QTU will provide further information to members regarding the review and its processes as it commences.
Members are reminded that Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace has advised that if Queensland schools do not feel they are ready to participate in NAPLAN Online in 2020, they will not be required to do so.
Consequently, Union Reps are asked to discuss their school’s interest in participating in NAPLAN Online in 2020, including the potential workload issues, and should members not wish to participate, they should seek a directive from the QTU not to do so.
The processes for seeking a directive are outlined in Newsflash 16-19.
The QTU’s “Claim and Complain” campaign relates to the supervision of preservice teachers while they are on their school based professional experience placements. The Union has advised the universities of the need to update the relevant agreement (the current one was written in 1992) and daily rates to match those paid in NSW. The universities have, until now, refused to negotiate.
State Council and Executive considered asking members to stop providing supervision for a set period, a “temporary halt”, in early term 4. In the lead up to this halt, the Union also requested members to claim the current supervision rates and complain to the universities about the rate of pay. Additionally, members were asked to write to universities regarding the insufficiency of the current arrangements and to express their intention to cease taking preservice teachers. Because of members’ actions, the association representing the universities, AHEIA, has advised that the universities wish to resolve this issue, and are willing to consider an increase to the daily payments.
Consequently, the QTU Executive has determined that the potential halt of preservice teacher supervision should be suspended, and members are asked to continue providing supervision to preservice teachers. The Union is hopeful that, subject to negotiations, there will be no need to revisit the idea of a temporary halt in the future. The Union expects negotiations to commence as a matter of priority so that any increased rates may be payable by the beginning of the 2020 school year.
Teachers’ understandings of Developmental Language Disorder – request to participate in short survey
Jaedene Glasby, a QUT M.Phil candidate, is seeking primary, secondary and special education teachers to complete a survey to investigate teachers’ knowledge of students with Developmental Language Disorder and the most appropriate adjustments to support them. Participants will be provided with links to additional information about students with Developmental Language Disorder and classroom strategies upon completion of this questionnaire. It is hoped that the results of the final research will contribute to teacher education, teacher professional learning and workforce planning.
Participation will involve completing a brief, anonymous, online questionnaire. It can be completed on a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. It contains 28 click-response questions and will take approximately 15 mins of your time. For more information or to complete the survey, please click on the link.
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street,Milton, QLD, Australia, 4060