Principal Update 29 June 2018
Promotional Positions Classification Review
The Promotional Positions Classification Review (PPCR) is on-track to provide findings by the end of this year, which will then be fed into the next EB negotiations.
Several parts of the review are being finalised before the final report is prepared.
- Jurisdictional benchmarking – Deloitte are providing information on this to the department at the end of this month.
- Work value assessments - Mercer has completed the 350 work value assessment interviews.
- Focus groups – 50 sessions were conducted across the state with staff from all types of promotional positions and all school types. While participants were provided with questions to focus discussion, participants have raised a very broad range of topics, including issues beyond the scope of this review. However, so far the messages have been largely consistent, including the importance of ensuring the relativity between positions accurately reflects the accountability and responsibility of the positions.
Semester two will focus on the discussions and negotiations regarding the findings from the external stakeholder and individual submissions, jurisdictional benchmarking, work value assessments and focus groups. It is this information upon which a future classification structure will be developed. A classification structure where our members receive fair and reasonable pay, reflective of their positions’ work value, as well as equity and relativity to other positions based on work value.
There should be no illusions that the increase deserved will magically emerge from these reports. There are many competing demands on the government. The Union’s EB9 campaign will need the involvement of all members in promotional positions in advocating for the salary increases proposed by the review. This is your opportunity to show the community and government the value of the roles that you perform in educating the students in schools. It is also an opportunity to tell your local member that we need salary increases sooner rather than later.
Lead up to EB9
Term three will bring the ramping up of the development of the log of claims for EB9. Preliminary work has already commenced on the next EB, with the Union focused on the development of the consultation material. Next term, members will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on what should be included in the log of claims (via workplace meetings and QTU communications, i.e. web, Facebook, Newsflash, Principal Updates etc.). Members are encouraged to participate in the various forums the Union is making available to members.
As mentioned above, to date, substantial work has been undertaken on the Promotional Positions Classification Review by the department and the QTU. The PPCR findings will strengthen the Union’s ability to advocate for higher salaries for our school leaders and heads of program. It is important to note that the QTU is the only body which negotiates EBs on behalf of Queensland state school teachers and school leaders. The final log of claims will be debated and endorsed at November State Council.
NAPLAN Online ban changed
QTU members undertook a ban of NAPLAN Online in May 2018, with the aim of drawing urgent attention to the need for a review of NAPLAN and MySchool at a federal level and to persuade the Queensland Government to implement a review of the impact of NAPLAN in Queensland schools.
QTU members were successful; the Queensland Government has committed to a full review of NAPLAN and other states and territories are following Queensland’s lead.
To read more about the changing of the NAPLAN Online ban, read the Members’ Newsflash that was sent to all members on Wednesday 27 June.
This Members’ Newsflash also contains the results of the Fair Funding Now ballot, in which members voted overwhelmingly in support of all five motions.
Higher duties payment
In a Principal Update sent out on 24 January, we advised members that the department was going to backpay four weeks (plus public holidays) for teachers who performed higher duties immediately prior to the 2016 and 2017 summer vacation periods. It is with much concern and disgust that we learn that the department has informed principals that teachers performing higher duties who take paid leave during the other scheduled school vacation periods will no longer be paid in the first 12 months of performing these duties. This has not been the custom and practice of the department in past years, and reports from members have indicated that they feel unvalued by their employer and that their employer does not seem to understand or appreciate the reality of the work they do over vacation periods in preparation for the next term.
The QTU has written to the department asking that it reconsiders its stance, to ensure that its employees are paid for the work they undertake in the role they are performing. We also advised the department in the letter that the QTU will be taking this matter up in the next enterprise bargaining negotiations.
There appears to be some confusion about what people should be paid over the forthcoming vacation period. If you are unsure of what you are entitled to, contact your regional payroll office in the first instance, and if you are still uncertain, email the QTU at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, the QTU has been advised that principals will be paid higher duties over these vacation periods, even if they are performing these duties for less than 12 months, but ONLY if they can access the school site during these periods.
Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority appointment
Congratulations to QTU Acting President Sam Pidgeon on her appointment as a member of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority for a term of four years from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2022. While this is not the official QTU representative position we advocated for, we know that Sam will bring with her the voices and experiences of the QTU 45500 teacher and school leader members.
Investigation and discipline
The QTU is continuing to meet with the department about ongoing issues with departmental investigations and discipline. At a recent meeting with the department, it advised that now it has a new structure in place, it wishes to undertake two to three workshops on triaging the process with key stakeholders. The workshops will also consider the conduct of low level investigations, training and the development of toolkits.
The QTU will be meeting with the department again in early July.
Principal Union Representatives training day
The QTU recently held a Principal Union Reps (PURs) training day. The concept of Principal Union Reps was first introduced by the QTU in 2009. We now have more than 90 PURs across the state.
The role of Principal Union Representative includes assisting the QTU Organiser and the Union by providing a school leader perspective on education and industrial issues, including local school issues, in public comment in the media (as a Union member), in delegations to regional offices and parliamentarians, supporting Union campaigns and in providing a role model, QTU support and information for other school leaders and QTU members.
On the training days, PURs raised and discussed current issues pertaining to school leaders, as well as revisiting their role. There will be future communication to school leaders in each of the regions about their PURs and their role.
Finally, the QTU wishes you a safe and relaxing vacation break.
Assistant Secretary – Education Leaders
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union