2020 Forum Presentations:
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.
Australian Curriculum Review
Calculating Subject ResultsConfirmation 2020
Quality assurance activities
Upcoming professional learning
Senior syllabus review and revision
2019 Forum Presentations:
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.