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Procedural fairness in performance and conduct matters

Enterprise Agreements generally include the process that a school must undertake when conducting a workplace investigation into conduct or performance.  The underpinning rule is that the school must apply procedural fairness during any process. This includes the right to have support at any meeting. Make …

Lutheran EA Negotiations Update

The Lutheran Enterprise Bargaining has reached a point where the LESNW has decided to go to a vote but not all items are resolved. The IEU cannot endorse a yes for this Enterprise Agreement. It is vital that Lutheran IEU members understand the issues with …

Bullying and harassment by students and parents

Bullying and harassment by students and parents remains significant problem By IEU QLD/NT Branch – reprinted with permission. Teacher-targeted bullying by students and parents remains a significant problem in Australian schools, according to the 2020 report of the ongoing Teacher-Targeted Bullying and Harassment (TTBH) by …

Report: Understaffing in South Australian school libraries

ACER Report highlights understaffing in South Australian school libraries The School Libraries in South Australia 2019 Census, conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), represents the most comprehensive research into school libraries undertaken in Australia. Profile of school library staffing in SA The …

The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Work

Women are the essential workers of our Covid-19 response Ryan Batchelor is the Executive Director of McKell Institute Victoria. He argues that women are at the frontline of our response to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, nationally nearly 4 in …

SA Paid Pandemic Leave Scheme announced

The SA government has introduced a Paid Pandemic Leave Scheme in South Australia, offering ‘isolation’ payments of up to $1,500 for eligible workers who are required to quarantine. The IEU believes this scheme is a good start but ideally should be offered to all workers …

Screen-based online learning will change kids’ brains. Are we ready for that?

Maryanne Wolf is the Director at the ‘Center for dyslexia, diverse learners and social justice, UCLA’. In her new book – Reader, Come Home – Maryanne draws on neuroscience, literature, education, technology, and philosophy and blends historical, literary, and scientific facts with down-to-earth examples and …

Social media, teachers and the law

Sandra Noakes and Sarah Hook of Western Sydney University, School of Law have written a very interesting  paper titled: ‘The blurred line between the professional and the personal: Regulation of teacher behaviour on social media’ Australian Journal of Education (29 June 2020). It is worth …

You Don’t Need to Sign a New Contract

There is a worrying trend emerging in Independent schools of rolling out to all current ongoing employees a new generic employment contract to sign and return – often under the guise of tidying up the records. The advice is DON’T SIGN and the employer cannot …