The IEU has in recent times approached the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to clarify expectations in relation to programing. The IEU is seeking to establish a benchmark. While not seeking to intrude upon individual teacher judgement, it is critical IEU members have clarity about what is being sought.
Currently, expectations vary across sectors and between schools. The IEU understands an employer (either systemic or independent school) will have a particular overlay. This overlay should extend from what NESA determines rather than be an alternate additional structure that generates unnecessary duplication and consequent extra workload.
Programs sighted by the Union are taking on the appearance of individual lesson plans – some akin to explicit instruction rather than a working document which is a resource going forward. A program is a document which has continual additions and deletions stemming from teacher professional judgement. It does not have to document the complete role of what a teacher does.