Workload issues bigger than lesson banks

Workload issues bigger than lesson banks

Recently, lesson banks have been trending in the media as a solution to teachers’ excessive workloads, stress and burnout and while helpful for many, IEU members know they aren’t the solution the ongoing workload crisis plaguing our profession. Some jurisdictions,...
Respect program resources launched

Respect program resources launched

The Queensland government has released an updated and upgraded suite of resources for the delivery of respectful relationships education in Queensland schools, which includes a public online hub for students and families. New and strengthened information on concepts...
Do you teach a Queensland Applied syllabus?

Do you teach a Queensland Applied syllabus?

If you teach an Applied Syllabus in Queensland, now is the time to have your say in the Senior Syllabus Review. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority has released second drafts of the Applied Syllabuses and is looking for feedback from teachers, students...
Members’ voices reach Canberra

Members’ voices reach Canberra

IEU members’ voices have been heard loud and clear in Canberra following a delegation of members to Parliament House last week. The two days of action, organised by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), saw a delegation of 90 union members meet with 92 MPs...
An agenda for the future of teaching

An agenda for the future of teaching

A new government brings new opportunities for real change in the teaching profession and ensuring the voices of teachers are at the heart of those changes, writes IEU-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke. As the voice of members, our union looks forward to having the...
New Australian Curriculum announced

New Australian Curriculum announced

IEU members should be aware of a number of key changes in the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)’s recently released new Australian Curriculum. Although the new curriculum is in no way radical or transformational, it has been designed to...
Employers fuel confusion on $1,800 pay rise

Employers fuel confusion on $1,800 pay rise

Employers are creating confusion around the implementation of the new Experienced Proficient Teacher (EPT) classification. The new classification step, to be implemented in Queensland Catholic schools from 1 July, will provide a pay rise of more than $1,800 for...
Giving voice to our profession

Giving voice to our profession

Teacher professional boards are significant governing bodies for our profession – ones which IEU members fought to establish and then to be part of the representative body. We asked our union’s representative on the Queensland Council of Teachers (QCT) Aleisha...
NAPLAN 2023 changes explained

NAPLAN 2023 changes explained

With NAPLAN testing being held this week across the country, it is a good time to review the upcoming changes set to be implemented following the 2020 NAPLAN Review and the longstanding advocacy of our union to all levels of government. What are the changes from 2023?...
Protecting school communities from online abuse

Protecting school communities from online abuse

Our union has advocated for a focus on protecting school communities from online abuse as part of our joint submission with the Queensland Teachers’ Union to the Department of Education’s Review of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006. We have also called for...
Progress in practicum supervision negotiations

Practicum payment negotiations continue

Union advocacy has secured a payment increase for practicum supervision and continued negotiations for stronger protections of working conditions. Our union, along with the Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) is continuing negotiations with the Australian Higher Education...
Schools on notice over co-curricular payments

Schools on notice over co-curricular payments

A recent Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) ruling on underpayment of ‘voluntary’ co-curricular work at St Peters Lutheran College means all non-government schools making such payments are now on notice. The FWO recently entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with St Peters...