Task monitor

30th January 2004 at 00:00
Your job and career questions answered

My department has computers that need maintaining. I have done this as part of my job, but, it has been suggested that under the workload agreement this is not a task a teacher should do. Is this true?

The ordering, maintaining and setting up of computer equipment are listed in the workload agreement as examples of tasks that can be transferred from teachers to support staff. The three-stage tests to be applied in considering whether a teacher is required to undertake the work are: does it need to be done at all?; is the task of an administrative or clerical nature?; and does it call for the exercise of a teacher's professional skills or judgment? Review what you are doing against these three tests and point out any you consider do not call for the exercise of your skills or judgment. However, there may be times when you might have to do something in an emergency as you need to teach a lesson.

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