The system of promotion for principals is flawed ... constantly changing the rules and how to address what the system wants ... only for jobs to be given to "the boys".
There's a lot of it goes on.
The principals are the meat in the sandwich.
On one side you have the whinging parents protecting their spoilt brats.
On the other side you have all the "smart" academics and lefties in the Education Department coming up with a whole lot of rubbish to be included in the curriculum, as well as compliance paperwork so that Head Office boffins cover their own backsides.
In 2013 the Queensland LNP government removed QTU representation from principal selection panels.
On 20 May 2015 the new Labor government put QTU reps back on the selection panels.
The panels will now consist of four members -
* a chairperson with line accountability for the performance of the principal, eg. regional director / assistant regional director.
* a person selected in consultation with the school's parents and citizens' association or school council.
Robina Cosser says : Could there be a conflict of interest here?
Sometimes the acting principal's husband is the chairperson of the P and C.
He may also be a full or part-time school employee.
Sometimes school office staff are members of the P and C.
Should an employee of the acting principal interview the acting principal for the principal's position?
Does this person have a good education themselves?
Can they read?
Do they have a good character?
Do we want poorly-educated people who cannot hold down a job themselves selecting school principals?
Doesn't this double-disadvantage our most disadvantaged children?
* a representative of the QTU.
Would the QTU rep be biased towards QTU activists?
Labor party members / activists? You do notice that they seem to be well promoted.
Men? Because men have more time to attend union meetings.
Many women have to go home to work the "second shift" at home.
* a representative of the sector-specific principal association.
So many principals seem to have problems.
Are they really the right people to choose each other and promote each other?
Do we really want more of the same?
I would really like to know that principals can read and write before they are promoted.
I knew one principal who was one one of these panels.
His writing skills were amazingly poor, so I suspected he was on the panel to collect samples of applications to use in making his own promotion application.
I would also like be sure that a person has read the departmental policies and was able to apply them to their own behaviour BEFORE they were promoted.
To do less than this is to expose classroom teachers to the risk of MUP-harm from a nervy, incompetent newbie principal.
This is a Workplace Health and Safety issue.
QTU returns to principal selection panels, Paige Bousen, P.19, Vol 120 No 5 Queensland Teachers' Journal, 17 July 2015
Prosecuting barrister David Kent QC told Southport Magistrates Court that in December 2011, Education Queensland's former director-general Julie Grantham had a Christmas party at her family home.
At the party, Julie Grantham told David Morgan, the Education Department's Gold Coast director of marketing and operations, that she wanted Runaway bay Sports Super Centre principal Mark Wingett 'removed'.
And Mark Wingett was transferred.
Hunter Paltridge, 'a person known to Ms Grantham', submitted a late application for Mr Wingett's job.
Mr Paltridge was short-listed by a selection panel headed by David Morgan.
Mr Paltridge finished equal fifth on the shortlist of candidates.
Education Queensland's former Gold Coast boss Glen Hoppner instructed David Morgan to employ Mr Paltridge and to advise the other candidates that they had missed out.
Glen Hoppner nepotism plot cooked up at Christmas party hosted by former Education Queensland director-general, court told, Greg Stolz, The Courier-Mail, 30 October 2015
A third of state school principals would like the power to dismiss teachers (Courier-Mail, 16 January 2012).
It is worth remembering there are occasions when schools, and students, would be better off if panels of senior teachers had the power to dismiss principals.
The Education Queensland bureaucrats who supervise principals are seldom in schools so it takes a while for them to realise when things are going off the rails.
Garry Collins, Stafford Heights, In Brief, Talking Point, P. 18, The Courier-Mail, 17 January 2012.
Leadership teams in Queensland schools are very poorly selected.
"Leaders" of Education Queensland schools just seem to have to interview well.
We don't have Queensland school leaders today with a specific, substantial content knowledge base, such as a science HOD who actually is a science teaching guru, someone a young teacher can approach with any curriculum question.
How can this new breed of "I interviewed well. I deserve it " DET school leaders act with sensitive intelligence in conflict resolution situations?
They just can't.
Education Queensland is committed to appeasing the show ponies with rapid promotion at the expense of teachers with outstanding HR skills, deep knowledge in their KLA and excellent rapport with the students.
This is the case in most Education Queensland schools.
Leadership criteria review is crucial.
Rick O'Shea of Bulimba, Reader's comment 29 of 68, Staff room turns into war zone as Indooroopilly State High School calls in mediators, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail : 26 November 2010
Our school principal is less than impressive and Education Queensland knows it but no action is ever taken.
Bronwyn of Toowoomba, Reader's Comment 8 of 9, School principal investigated over claims he "bullied" teachers, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail, 11 March 2010.
However, for Education Queensland to admit that a State School principal is behaving or performing below expectation is to admit that the promotion process or the system within which principals operate is flawed.
And we couldn't have that, could we?
It's time that all principals, not just executive principals, are put on 3 year contracts that are not renewed if they underperform or prove to be bad managers.
George Perry of Clontarf, Reader's Comment 14 of 14 : School principal investigated over claims he "bullied" teachers., Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail, 11 March 2010.