While we know that Queensland teachers have been working harder than ever during COVID-19, members should consider whether the recent changes to your mode of working present any opportunities to reduce your workload into the future.
An example of this may be meetings. As the planning considerations guidelines require that meetings are held via video or teleconference has this impacted on the purpose, frequency and duration of staff meetings?
Are you having fewer meetings? Have you changed from weekly to fortnightly for example?
Are they going for the same length of time?
What have the staff meetings been used for – i.e. has the agenda changed?
If there has been a change has it been positive? If the change would continue into the future would this act to positively impact on workload?
These considerations may also apply to other elements of workload such as planning requirements etc. As students return to learning from school next week, it may provide an opportunity to consider whether anything from this period of remote learning could be applied in the future to help mitigate workload.
If you identify something, you can talk to your school QTU reps and your principal.
For more information check out our Back To Basics Guide (p31):