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Class sizes - 5 February 2020

In the QTU member workload survey conducted at the end of 2018, more than 66 per cent of respondents identified guaranteed class sizes as a mechanism to manage and reduce workload.

While day 8 returns have been delayed until day 13, it is worthwhile ensuring that class sizes at your school do not exceed the targets maintained in the new certified agreement.

The class sizes within schools should be:
Prep-year 3, years 11-12………..25 students per class
Years 4-10 ………………………..28 students per class.

Where composite classes exist across cohorts (e.g. year 3/4), the class size target would be the lower cohort target.

The agreement states: “Classes in excess of these maximum target sizes should only occur in exceptional circumstances.”

In such exceptional circumstances, there should a timely, collaborative and consultative process with staff in accordance with the consultative principles contained in the agreement. During this consultation phase, members can negotiate additional resources to accommodate the extra workload, eg: additional teacher-aide time, additional time at reporting periods, additional non-contact time, etc.

If this does not happen, raise your concerns through a workplace meeting or the dispute resolution procedures.
A new enrolment post Day 8 does not constitute an “exceptional circumstance”.

The health and safety provisions of the new agreement also commit the department to ensuring that class sizes for practical subjects take into account any risks that accompany the activity, and that curriculum activity risk assessments (CARAs) are in place for all practical subjects.

If you have any further questions, contact QTAD or your Regional Organiser.

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