New Queensland Catholic agreement helps address diverse learning needs
New provisions aim to support teachers and school officers working with students who have identified learning needs.
The latest Queensland Catholic collective agreements contain important support measures and resource commitments including improved consultation, time allocations and additional resources.
Consultation compulsory and professional development required
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said the new measures were necessary for improving the work/life balances of staff and ensuring the needs of students with extra learning needs were being met.
“Consultation and discussion must now be held with teachers and school officers regarding the allocation of learning support resources to ensure input from all relevant staff,” Brad said.
“Staff must also be provided with information on the needs of particular students prior to their class placement,” he said.
Brad said the employers have also committed to provide staff with professional development relevant to working with a student’s individual needs or impairments.
Workload and additional time
Extra time to attend meetings or work with professional groups must be considered as well as additional time for planning, developing and recording educational adjustments, modifying assessments and developing IEPs.
“Along with the requirement for employers to consult generally with staff, they must also consider the effect of any signification changes on staff, such as new initiatives or regulatory requirements relating to students with learning needs,” Brad said.
“Work impact studies must also be conducted to assess the short-term and ongoing impact on staff workload, and any additional employee support needed,” he said.
Any member with questions or requiring support or representation in regard to implementing these new measures in their school should contact their union organiser in the first instance.