Union survey: How is your school handling external exams?
As schools implement changes to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), our union is fielding a growing number of enquiries related to schools’ management of external examinations.
Our union is conducting a survey to gather data on how schools are managing external examinations and what they are expecting of teachers and students, particularly regarding work outside of normal hours.
IEUA-QNT Research Officer Adele Schmidt said that the survey will allow our union to collect information about the extent to which schools are adhering to Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) advice.
“We are encouraging every member who is responsible for General Subjects to complete a short survey,” Adele said.
“The survey data will be collated and analysed to inform our union’s advice to members and advocacy with employers.”
Practice examinations should not occur outside normal hours of work
QCAA advice is that schools should prepare students for external assessment by teaching the subject matter in the syllabus.
Although the QCAA has developed sample papers for most subjects, there is no requirement that students work through these outside of normal hours, for example in the school holidays.
School Chapter consultation and response
Any employer request to administer, supervise and/or mark practice examinations during holiday periods should be brought to the attention of your School Chapter.
A collective response should be organised indicating that no such work will be undertaken during the school holidays.
A meeting of the School Consultative Committee should also be convened to review provisions relating to preservation of vacation time and workload implications. This should occur prior to communications to parents and students about arrangements.
In the event employers try to offset the impact of any workload on holidays through changed Year 12 timetables in Term 4, members should contact our union.
Members should also contact our union for specific advice and support at the first sign of change in their working conditions, including their directed working hours.
For more information about our survey into how schools are handling external examinations, please contact Research Officer Adele Schmidt via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on (07) 3839 7020.
The survey can be found here, with all responses remaining confidential to our union.