Staffing, resourcing and wellbeing were high on the agenda when the IEU Principals’ Sub Branch met on 1 May at the IEU’s Parramatta office and via Zoom.
A warm welcome was extended to principals Niamh Marzol from the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese and to Vicky Davidson from the Wollongong Diocese, who were attending for the first time.
Principals expressed appreciation for the IEU’s engagement with the issue of staff shortages, including a recent union survey of reps and principals in rural and regional dioceses. Principals from both metropolitan and country areas told the sub branch about their own experiences of the challenges in recruiting casual, temporary and permanent staff.
They raised concerns about the impact on schools, such as splitting classes and additional extras, loss of release time, loss of professional planning time, and the use of specialist and leadership staff to cover classes.
Principals also acknowledged the IEU’s campaign to address the workload associated with the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) for students with disabilities. The IEU has conducted a survey and provided a report on members’ concerns about the NCCD. We’ve met with the Federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment; with Catholic Schools NSW; and with dioceses about the report findings and the way forward in relation to workload, the technology platform and other concerns.