QCE concerns raised with QCAA
Our union has directly voiced members’ concerns over the implementation of the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) CEO, in a meeting last week.
The QCAA responded with a detailed summary of the steps being taken to improve the experiences of senior teachers and address the identified concerns.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the QCAA reconfirmed to our union they are focused on the continuous improvement of the QCE processes and procedures as well as on more effective communication with teachers.
“One of the most prominent issues members have raised is the workload associated with the new QCE process,” Mr Burke said.
“While workload is ultimately the responsibility for employers, the QCAA for their part have acknowledged that QCAA requests and timelines need to be cognisant of existing tasks and workloads,” he said.
The full implementation of the new QCE system has been challenging in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The QCAA have assured our union they are committed to an agenda of continuous improvement involving:
- Seeking ongoing feedback from schools to inform continual improvement processes;
- Introduction of new, criterion-by-criterion reports on changes to student grades as an outcome of a review;
- Processes for supporting schools following the release of confirmation decisions;
- Reviewing training and development for Principal Education Officers when liaising with schools;
- Enhancing direct contact capacity including telephone discussions with the QCAA;
- Providing ongoing training to teachers regarding the use of Instrument Specific Marking Guidelines (ISMGs);
- Enhancing confirmer training;
- Providing further work samples to support schools to make judgements and;
- Providing an annual subject report with analysis of endorsement, confirmation and external assessment outcomes.
Employers must take responsibility
Workload management is ultimately a responsibility of an employing authority.
Mr Burke said it was clear some employers had been more effective with the management of senior teacher workload than others.
“The QCAA will review time allocations to ensure the time requirements of the endorsement and confirmation tasks are realistic,” Mr Burke said.
“We encourage members to raise workload management concerns with their employer as a Chapter in the first instance.
“The provision of additional time and resources during these first initial years of the new QCE system would be greatly beneficial to both teachers and students,” he said.
Our union will continue to monitor issues arising from implementation of the new QCE system and work with members to encourage employers to provide additional time and resources to alleviate stress points for senior teachers.
Chapters should meet regularly to discuss emergent issues and contact their IEU Organiser for support if needed.
We will continue to raise any issues with the QCAA to ensure that members’ voices are being considered in all QCE processes.