The workforce crisis in Australian schools should be recognised as a sign that schools need greater staffing and resourcing to deliver high-quality, high-equity education for all students.
This will be our union’s main focus in our submission to the Review of the National School Reform Agreement.
IEU-QNT members well understand there is too much “unrecognised” work occurring in schools.
Through our union’s submission to the review, we are advocating for that work to be:
- Identified as part of what occurs, and fundamentally needs to occur, in schools for them to function properly and provide high quality education;
- Taken away from teachers (freeing them to focus on their profession – core teaching and learning) and;
- Redistributed to other, paid and more suitably qualified staff. For example, employing a highly qualified school-based psychologist to provide ongoing psychological support to students instead of expecting teachers to undertake this role.