Welcome to our 2nd newsletter for 2012.

Your executive has continued to represent Area schools and rural issues in through our presence on DECD consultation committees, by meeting with DECD representatives on our own and part of the Coalition of Associations, in liaison with the AEU and developing position papers for public distribution.

Issues pursued this year include:

  • Outcomes Cleaning
  • Index of Disadvantage
  • Reclassification of schools so late in 2011
  • Challenges of offering broad curriculum for Middle and Senior school students
  • Support for implementation of Australian Curriculum
  • Lack of sufficient forewarning for consultation on the Special Education Review group
  • Bus driver accreditation processes
  • Filtering of rain water used for potable purposes

 

The names of your executive and their roles can be found on our web site at www as are the minutes of our meetings and newsletters for your information.

 

Please contact your local member of exec (there should be at least 1 of us in every region) if you have an issues or suggestions that you would like us to take up on your behalf to make the learning outcomes for our students the best they can be.

 

President’s Message

PORTFOLIO REPORTS

HR – Steve Bennet and Robyn Wohling

  • We both attended the 1st meeting. 
  • The next meeting is scheduled for this Friday, 11th of May if you have any issues you wish us to raise.
  • Results from the Workforce Planning survey conducted at the end of 2010 by Adelaide Uni were presented.
  • We raised the issues around small schools’ ability to afford enough staff to cover broad curriculum in middle and senior school – suggested that DECD needs to expand the re-skilling offerings like the Home Ec so that our current teachers are multi-skilled. Graduates too, need to have more than one specialist area so we can effectively staff our schools.
  • Families SA are now part of DECD – 2500 extra people in our department, 70 or who now work in Flinders St.
  • Some current issues regarding OHS&W in our system at the moment in particular with Tech Studies and Groundspersons roles. Concerns were raised about standards for tech studies workshops to meet OHS&W standards regarding placement and purchase of machinery. Asked for this information to be documented rather than reside with one person in the Department.
  • Professional Development review – no doubt you have all seen the survey. Certificate IV for SSOs in various fields being offered.
  • Workforce Reform – team of 4 in Flinders St. Additional HR workshops held in term 1. Teacher/Leader workload report should be available soon.
  • SCRFM and FIR – raised as an issue by AEU. Clear direction given that FIR no longer exists as a separate bucket of money but is now in consideration of the same or more.
  • Ethical Conduct Unit – replaces investigations. To deal with dispute resolution and serious mis-conduct.
  • Parent Complaint Unit – established.

Feedback

  • Does anyone have anything you would like raised about HR planning?
  • Any further OHS&W issues?

Curriculum – Lesley Murray and Robyn Wohling

  • Attended a video conference meeting with Richard Hellier re secondary implementation Australian Curriculum.
  • Lesley will now attend Primary and Robyn secondary meetings regarding AC.
  • Feedback to date has been that the model of implementation officers just working with leadership teams in order to support the AC is not ideal. A letter on our behalf will be sent to Helen Wildash raising our concerns.

 

Membership – Kym O’Loughlin and Kylie Eggers

  • Associate membership is available to people who are already full members of SAPPA and SASPA.
  • Contact with all new Area school principals has been made. If we have missed anyone please let us know.

 

ICT / Learning Technologies – Chris Roberts and Leonie Falland

  • Eyre and Western have been successful in gaining an Innovations grant to further support the development of Local Delivery.
  • A working party including Chris, other reps from Eyre and Western region and central office personnel will be visiting the Wimmera region of Victoria and their equivalent of Open Access to learn how they have implemented the Local Delivery model.
  • DECD on our behalf have been negotiating with Adobe to secure smaller and cheaper site licences for their software.

 

DIAF – Leonie Falland and Steve Bennet

  • Next meeting week 7 of this term
  • Proposed reduction of areas within DIAF.

 

Literacy Secretariat – Robyn Wohling and Ray Marino

  • Criteria for allocation of Reading support teachers was discussed – included whether schools had a literacy mentor in the past, minimum of 60 JP students, bias to low SES schools. We raised the issue of lack of access for many Area schools because of size and Index of Disadvantage category. Were assured we could have access to resources.
  • Literacy Secretariat currently under review.
  • Currently involved in Tactical Teaching of Reading, Literacy for Learning, How Language Works.
  • More than 900 people attended their last Literacy Leaders Conference on March 8th – theme ‘Challenged and Engaged Learners’
  • 18 Literacy coaches appointed with National Partnership money – schools involved identified by Regions by various means. Most work only with 3 or 4 schools.
  • Currently negotiating deals for schools to use PAT-R and PAT Maths.

 

 

Conference Organisation – Pat Maloney, Robyn Wohling, Leonie Falland

  • Reminder to register for this on line.  Considerable concessions in price available for our schools.
  • Rooms have been reserved for our members at The Lakes Resort – please ring them to book a room for yourself.
  • We are holding our dinner there on the Wednesday evening. It will include the presentation of our ‘Best Practice Awards’, the AGM and be attended by Steve Dinham.  Should be an excellent way for our members to network and kick of the conference.

 

Coalition of Associations – Pat Maloney and Chris Roberts.

  • Met with Corenna Haythorpe from the AEU along with Steve Portlock (SAPPA) and (SASPA) to talk through the current EB negotiations.
  • Issues to be raised include our disappointment at the lack of representation for a differentiated claim for leaders. Real issues around attracting and retaining quality leaders (DPs, Lead Teachers and Coordinators) with very little financial incentive.

 

Index of Disadvantage – Pat Maloney

  • We now have representation on this review group.
  • Index may be based on the educational standard of the mother and educational disadvantage. Areas previously considered eg Aboriginality, transients will be considered for funding outside the Index.
  • Rurality will have direct funding attached to it.
  • Still a work in progress

 

SACE – Pat Maloney

  • Review has received over 100 submissions.
  • Feedback is going to be sought from 14000 2011 stage 2 students.
  • Issues raised about lack of face to face moderation for subjects like Tech, Art and PE

 

Red Tape Review – Pat Maloney

  • Strong reaction to the Anti-bullying and Parent Complaint requirements.
  • Anti-bullying group formed to look at the Cossey recommendations.

 

RECENT MEETING BUSINESS

 

  1. 1.    Leadership Institute – Kerry Kavanah, Phil O’Louglin and Kay Johnson
  • Chris Roberts and Leonie Falland represented our group at sessions with Professor Pat Collarbone regarding the framework, purpose and processes for this Institute on Wednesday and Thursday last week.
  • We provided suggestions for the work of this body framed around the questions –

What are the type and range of programs will it deliver?

What can be done to make sure it is driven by the profession?

How will it need to work? (governance framework)

  • Proposal to be developed by workforce development people in the next 4 – 5 weeks.
  • The Principal’s standards will be the guiding framework.
  1. 2.    SCRFM and Current EB – Peter Popp
  • Concern by politicians and some DECD people about the sudden increase in SASIF balances since SCRFM.
  • AEU wants to increase regulation around the deployment of funding.
  • DECD would like to move away from referencing old funding models.
  • Only 50% of teachers eligible for Step 9 applied (we did point out that some Principals applied a rigorous process around this rather than just rubber stamping which could go some way to explaining this)
  • Many APs and DPs are not moving into Principals positions – recognition that there needs to be some work done in providing incentives to attract people to the Principal positions.
  • September seems to be a reasonable timeframe to expect resolution.
  • Issues for small primary schools under current SCRFM
  • Issue raised about the cost of provision of b road curriculum in Area Schools .
  • Currently the cost of moving year 7s into High school considered too expensive.
  • We raised the issue that most Area Schools run a middle school and asked whether this was ever likely to be considered in the funding model eg additional cost of provision of specialist subjects to year 6 and 7 students and equitable NIT for all teachers?
  • Open Access funding and the cut off at 26 students needs some attention.
  1. 3.    National Partnership Funding Response – for Andrew Wells
  • ICAN worked well for large settings but not more isolated small sites. Need for the funding to be more flexible to cater for these sites to case manage themselves.
  • Regional Leadership consultants have been very beneficial to some Area Schools.
  • Need to clarify is these funds are available to all schools or just low SES.
  • Expanding SPALL to whole leadership teams would be beneficial.
  • If we want to make a difference to learning outcomes we need to target all students rather than just those in low SES sites.

 

 

Please contact any one of us if you have any issues you wish us to raise on your behalf.

We meet regularly by teleconference and face to face in week 2 of every term.

 

Members are:

Pat Maloney – Mt Compass Area School

Chris Roberts – Streaky Bay Area School

Robyn Wohling – Kimba Area School

Leonie Falland – Mannum Community College

Ray Marino – Cleve Area School

Kylie Eggers – Swan Reach Area School

Pru Hunter – Jamestown Community College

Ian Kent – Kangaroo Island Community Education

Steve Bennett – Keith Area School

Lesley Murray – Coomandook Area School

 

SEE YOU ALL AT THE CONFERENCE ON THE 8TH OF AUGUST AT ‘THE LAKES’