The Foundation stage of our workload campaign for Quality Education is underway with 11 sector and regional-based reference groups meeting across the state this week. Another 13 are being offered for Early Childhood teachers, Principals, Promoted Positions, while Support Staff reference groups will start next week to coincide with National Support Staff Week.
Over 120 members participated in these initial meetings to identify and prioritise the top workload pressures for their specific sector. All attendees have been tasked with reporting back their top issues and engaging their schools to identify priority solutions, ultimately to be considered at AEU Annual Branch Council on September 8. If you or your school representative has not yet been able to participate in the working groups, you can hold a sub-branch meeting and pass a motion to be passed to your relevant reference group for debate.
Don’t forget to also complete the ACER survey that went out on Tuesday and will be an important tool during the fight for Quality Education and more time to focus on teaching and learning.
By way of example: Clarendon Vale Primary teacher Leeanne Clifford, supported by AEU Southern Organiser Terri Coombes, facilitated stimulating discussion and debate at the Southern Primary School teachers meeting this week, with 26 passionate attendees. The group will return after consulting members on the solutions in a fortnight to their top 5 issues which were identified as:
- Top down initiatives
- Lack of quarantined release time
- Overcrowded curriculum
- Reporting and assessment demands
- Administration tasks and communications
Please get in touch with email@example.com to seek more clarification on feedback provided under these headings or to feedback into the solutions-based discussion. Alternatively, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with your most relevant reference group or register here: https://aeutas.org.au/workload-reference-groups/