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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, planning aligned to the Joint statement of the purpose and use of data in Queensland schools or the Joint statement on planning, preparation, differentiation (including ICPs) 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 are fixed and cannot be moved. The remaining four days are to be taken during the Easter holiday, on the third Monday after the spring holiday, 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 the four flexible staff professional development days?
A school community may decide to designate four staff professional development days during the Easter holiday, on the third Monday after the spring holiday(1), 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 20 hours' professional development must be scheduled in addition to the fixed staff professional development days.

(1) Note: The third Monday after the spring holiday (i.e. October) is not a flexible staff professional development day until after it has been before the Local Consultative Committee for conversion from a fixed to a flexible day.

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. 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 flexible staff professional development days are permanent part-time teachers required to attend?
All permanent part-time teachers will be paid for the three 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 15 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 15 hours' professional development either within the school or in consultation with the region.

What staff professional development days are temporary teachers entitled to attend?
Temporary teachers engaged from the commencement of the school year for a minimum of one semester will be required to attend and are paid for the two staff professional development days held on the last two days of the summer holiday.

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 whose engagement includes the third day after the spring holiday will be required to attend the staff professional development day or up to 5 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 staff professional development day arrangements affect school-based school support staff?
Current arrangements for staff professional development days will continue for school-based school support staff. Where a school decides to adopt flexible arrangements that are inconsistent with current arrangements, school-based school support staff will be consulted towards resolving any issues that may arise.

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