JCQTA August Forum

Ros Korkatzis Forum

2022 Ros Korkatzis Forum 

Do you know about Spindle? Is AERO an acronym that is new to you? If you’d like to be more informed about the current debates in education (shortages, workloads, the emphasis on quality schooling,  etc) then listen in to hear about the architecture of education nationally, which is where this national reform agenda sits,  but also the architecture of associations who are advocating for you nationally about these changes.
Our speakers for this year's Forum are:
Malcolm McInerney, Vice-President  APTA, Past President AAAE and 

Manager, Humanities Projects (HaSS) for the SA Department for Education, and our own, JCQTA Vice-President, Sherryl Saunders. currently secretary of AAAE and immediate past president. 

Both Malcolm and Sherryl have extensive experience in the field of advocacy through national and state subject associations and are happy to share with us their knowledge of the following:
•National architecture of education
•National School Reform Agenda
•National architecture of associations
•Opportunities for Advocacy
We look forward to welcoming Malcolm and Sherryl as they seek to educate us about the national landscape of education in Australia currently where debate currently rage about the complex issue of workforce shortages and burnout at the same time as there is unfolding a National Reform Agenda for Education in Australia.

2021 Ros Korkatzis Forum 

  • Caroline Hollis gave us an update from QCT which included information on how the QCT was supporting schools affected by the significant flooding in Queensland.
  • Jo-Anne Hine from the State Library informed us of a new venture by the State Library, called, “Curriculum Connect”. We appreciated this input from these contributors.

2020 Ros Korkatzis Forum

Ms Anna Kinnane, Project Manager Digital Strategies: 


Anna presented an update of QCT activities in 2020 - one with significant issues and challenges particularly relating to supporting teachers as they needed to pivot quickly to a digital environment teaching remotely. Beginning teachers and pre-service teachers required targeted support. Anna also informed us of a partnership with Filmpond in supporting schools during COVID-19.

Mr Matthew McCarthy, QCAA and Mr Jeff Thompson, QCAA:  

Matthew spoke to the current Review of the Australian Curriculum F-10 which aims to be completed by 2022. The timeline of January - June 2021 is of particular interest to our subject associations as this will be when public consultation will be invited.

Jeff updated us on plans for reviewing the current syllabuses. This review is already underway internally at QCAA and Jeff presented the timeline for both review and revision.

QCAA Update  

Australian Curriculum Review
Calculating Subject ResultsConfirmation 2020
Endorsement 2021

Other updates:

Quality assurance activities
Upcoming professional learning
Senior syllabus review and revision

2019 Ros Korkatzis Forum

Ms Deanne Fischburn, Director, QCT, an update on the QCT Strategic Plan

Deanne spoke about the strategic plan of the QCT around the four pillars of Leadership, Collaboration, Innovation and Regulation. Of particular interest was hearing Deanne speak about confidence in the teaching profession and that this was related to status.  Also of interest was that Deanne responded to some of the myths purported in the media about low ATARs for entry into teacher education courses. With the focus of the QCT being on accreditation of teacher education courses, Deanne spoke about the accreditation of university courses and the requirements of the GTPA and QTPA so that the focus is taken away from how students are as they enter courses to how well prepared they are when they complete a course. There is also a myth regarding ATARs as significant number of graduates from teacher education courses are not entering courses on ATARs.

Ms Kym Turner, EQ, Rural and Remote Centres for Learning and Wellbeing- How Can Teacher Associations be involved?

Kym Turner presented an overview of how rural and remote schools in Queensland were being supported given over half of the state schools in Queensland and therefore a large number of students in the state school population are in rural and remote schools.  Of particular interest to associations was Kym’s invitation to use these centres for promotion of our services as subject associations as well as for professional learning opportunities. In this way, teachers from schools in range of the remote location can come to the satellite centres for in-service rather than travel to major regional hubs.