QTU slams plans to allow student feedback to affect bonuses

THE Queensland Teachers Union has condemned State Government plans which could see student feedback taken into consideration when determining teachers promotions and bonuses.

The State Government confirmed it is considering a range of measures to determine high performing teachers under a trial to start next year.

It is understood parental feedback on teacher performance is also being considered as part of the trial.

Other types of evidence when determining teacher's promotions and bonuses include lesson observations, lesson plans, participation in professional learning and engagement with parents, the community and colleagues.

Queensland Teachers Union president Kevin Bates said today the plan was "a bit rich" considering a new development performance framework policy had only been implemented less than a year ago.

"What students think is important, but it is not valid to link their thoughts to teacher performance or pays," he said.

"It is a nonsensical approach.

"It will just become a popularity contest.

"We have already seen ridiculous websites pop up across the country like "Rate my teacher."

Mr Bates said similar plans implemented overseas had been proven to be totally ineffectual, but believed the State Government was going ahead with the plan either way.

"You do not go down the path of asking 350 schools across the state to be part of a pilot system if you are not serious about it," he said.

"We have issued a directive to our members not to participate in the pilot program.

"It is about pitting teacher versus teacher and school versus school.

"All that will succeed in doing is creating a toxic working environment."

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek defended the proposal on Monday (Dec 2) saying the finer details were still being worked out.

"We are relentlessly working on making sure we get better outcomes for students," he said.

"That is going to include some aspect of parental feedback, but it is also going to make sure that we have a look at performance, but it is not going to be NAPLAN.

"We are not going to make it like Trip Advisor."

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