QCT Board Election 2021
QTU endorsed QCT nominees
State school teachers and school leaders have an opportunity to elect two practicing teachers to represent them on the board of the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) in an online ballot opening today, 21 May and closing on 11 June.
The Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) is endorsing two QTU members: Natalie Montague-Clarke and Brent Woollett. Both are active QTU members who have a range of QTU experience. Natalie has been a member of the board for the past five years.
To ensure that the interests of the 48,000 members of the QTU are represented, it is important that QTU members vote in the ballot.
The QCT has informed us that, due to crown law advice, teachers can vote for only one person, even though there are two positions.
Therefore, members are encouraged to vote for one of the two candidates endorsed by the QTU.
As the governing body of the Queensland College of Teachers, the role of the board is to:
- decide the policies of the QCT
- control the affairs of the QCT
- carry out the functions of the QCT
- exercise the powers of the QCT.
The importance of the college
The Queensland College of Teachers has a vital role in Queensland education. It is responsible for:
- the registration of all schools and all teachers employed in Queensland schools
- the conditions for initial registration, including qualifications and personal suitability to teach
- the requirements for ongoing registration, including continuing professional learning requirements, suspension and cancellation of registration of teachers whose conduct does not meet the standards required of the teaching profession
- approval of initial teacher education courses as appropriate qualifications for Queensland teachers
- promoting and upholding the standards of the teaching profession.
Natalie Montague-Clarke is a current member of the QTU Executive, Chair of the Professional Issues Committee and long-standing member of the Women’s Committee and Working Conditions Committee. This is her 6th year as a member of the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) Board as well as Deputy Chair of the QCT Professional Standards Committee. She has been employed with the QTU as acting Organiser in Metro Central, Metro South and Logan/Redlands areas. Natalie believes that her activism with the QTU has provided her with the necessary insight to accurately represent State School Teachers on the QCT Board. Natalie has been a primary school teacher for over 13 years and currently teaches at Manly State School. The majority of her teaching experience has centred around the Logan area. Natalie has experience in teaching all primary year levels and has taught as an intervention and relief teacher. After having twins she became a part-time teacher and this experience has meant that she provides a unique perspective to the Board. Natalie is passionate about improving teachers working conditions, improving public respect for the profession and ensuring that all students regardless of location receive a high-quality education.
Brent Woollett is a Principal Union Rep for Metropolitan West Logan Area Council and has been a workplace representative at many schools and a member of QTU Standing committees including the Special Education Committee and Education Leaders Committee. From his first year as a teacher in Charters Towers, he has been a proud member of the QTU and a strong advocate for the profession. Brent is currently the Deputy Principal of Boronia Heights SS and this year marks 32 years of service with the Department of Education and as a member of the QCT. Brent has vast experience working across primary, special and secondary schools, in remote, regional and metropolitan settings. If elected, he will bring that depth of knowledge and important perspective, gained from teaching around the state, to the board, enabling him to represent the views of the QTU and its members. Brent believes that it is particularly important to have a school leader voice on the QCT board, to support the great work that is occurring in state schools. Brent sees his election to the board as a legacy for the children of Queensland and for their teachers, and school leaders.
Authorised by Kate Ruttiman, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
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