The new certified agreement contains a range of measures aimed at managing workload and maintaining it at an acceptable level (https://www.qtu.asn.au/ca2019-workload-clauses). However, to meet the QTU’s number one objective of actually cutting workload, we will have to go further: abandoning activities – old and new – that waste time or aren’t worth the time and energy that goes into them.
To help identify the workload problems that need to be addressed at your school, check out the workload entitlements checklist at https://www.qtu.asn.au/workload-entitlements-checklist
Here are some other suggestions for your next step.
- Think about and list activities that appear to be “time wasters” or are low-value activities that you feel don’t produce enough benefit to justify the time and resources expended.
- Put out a suggestion box to gather workload reduction ideas (this is where the activities identified in “1” may be shared).
- Run a Union meeting to prioritise suggestions for reducing workload – what changes would reduce workload the most?
- Form a group of interested members to draft a submission to the Workload Advisory Council, the body set up under the new agreement to collect information about what is causing workload pressures and propose solutions (submissions will be invited in the first half of the year).
- List school-based changes for local consultative committee (LCC) meetings to consider.
- Get teachers to log their working time for a week (all the time spent on school work, whether at home or at school – not including travel to and from school on working days) and publish the figures. You should identify what tasks you are doing – these may be things that are not a necessity but which you choose to do – and consider whether you can change or stop doing them to improve your workload).
- If some of your workload issues are being caused by the region or the system, why not attend a branch meeting (https://www.qtu.asn.au/branch-meetings) to raise these issues with colleagues in other schools to see if they are experiencing the same/similar issues?
So, how are you going to make a difference at your school? Let us know below.
Uploaded 29 January 2020