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Frequently asked questions: Queensland State School Staff Professional Development Days

What are Staff Professional Development Days?
Staff Professional Development Days are days designated for staff professional development or school professional development activities. Staff professional development, for example, may cover topics such as literacy and numeracy or behaviour management. School professional development, for example, may cover topics such as curriculum changes or school strategic direction.

When are Staff Professional Development Days?
A total of six Staff Professional Development Days are held throughout the school year. Two days at the end of the summer holiday and the third Monday after the spring holiday are fixed and cannot be moved. The remaining three days are to be taken during the Easter holiday or taken flexibly within holiday periods or outside of school hours as decided within the school community. Arrangements for the following year's Staff Professional Development Days must be finalised by the end of the previous school year.

What flexible arrangement may apply to these three Easter holiday Staff Professional Development Days?
A school community may decide to designate three Staff Professional Development Days during the Easter holiday or within any one or across the mid-year holiday periods. Alternatively a school community may decide to schedule blocks of dedicated professional development outside school hours, for example after school. Whatever flexible arrangement is decided, a total of 15 hours' professional development must be scheduled in addition to the fixed Staff Professional Development Days.

How will a school community decide on what flexible arrangements are to be adopted?
Flexible arrangements are to be decided within each school community in consultation with school staff and endorsed by the Local Consultative Committee. Where a school does not have a Local Consultative Committee (i.e. schools with less than 20 employees), the decision must be endorsed by an existing consultative body or through an alternative consultative procedure. Schools will be required to maintain records confirming Local Consultative Committee/consultative body endorsement including the supporting signature of the Queensland Teachers' Union school-based representative. Schools' flexible Staff Professional Development Day arrangements must be advised to the Regional Office in an approved format. Flexible Staff Professional Development Day arrangements for the following year's Staff Professional Development Days must be finalised by the end of the current school year.

What Staff Professional Development Days are permanent part-time teachers required to attend?
All permanent part-time teachers will be paid for the final two Staff Professional Development Days during the Easter holiday. If schools conduct professional development on these days, then permanent part-time teachers will be required to attend these Staff Professional Development Days, or alternatively, dedicated professional development otherwise agreed within the school community under flexible arrangements for a total of 10 hours. Where permanent part-time teachers are unable to attend flexibly scheduled professional development, the Principal will ensure the permanent part-time teacher is involved in 10 hours' professional development either within the school or in consultation with the Region.

Only those permanent part-time teachers rostered to work on the first Easter holiday Staff Professional Development Day will be paid for this day. These teachers will have to attend the three Staff Professional Development Days or 15 hours of flexible professional development.

What Staff Professional Development Days are temporary teachers entitled to attend?
Temporary teachers engaged for all of term one attend and are paid for the Staff Professional Development Day held on the last day of the summer holiday.

Temporary teachers employed up to the end of term one and from the beginning of term two will be paid for the Easter holiday including the three Staff Professional Development Days. These temporary teachers will be required to attend these three Staff Professional Development Days or up to 15 hours of flexible professional development where scheduled by the school during their temporary engagement.

Temporary teachers who are not paid for the three Easter holiday Staff Professional Development Days do not have to attend these three days or the 15 hours of flexible professional development scheduled by the school. Temporary teachers may attend flexible professional development on a voluntary basis without pay.

In terms two, three or four, where a flexible Staff Professional Development Day is scheduled for:

a temporary teacher is entitled to be paid for attendance at a Staff Professional Development Day so long as they were engaged for the whole of that term.

How do the new Staff Professional Development Day arrangements affect non-teaching school-based employees?
Current arrangements for Staff Professional Development Days will continue for non-teaching school-based employees. Where a school decides to adopt flexible arrangements that are inconsistent with current arrangements, non-teaching school-based employees will be consulted towards resolving any issues that may arise.

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