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Study Leave

Study leave is one of a range of professional learning options covering both formal and informal training and resources for members of the teaching service to build the capacity of the workforce to improve student learning outcomes. The purpose of study leave is to enable an employee to pursue a course of studies or training or to undertake research which would improve the capacity of the employee to serve the teaching service.

Members of the academic staff may be granted full or part time study leave, with or without pay. Applications for study leave are considered having regard to the following criteria:
  • relevance of the study or research to the priorities of the school/Department;
  • relevance of the study or research to the present or future duties of the applicant;
  • the study or research is the most effective form of professional learning for the applicant;
  • the study or research can be accommodated within the available budget;
  • the staffing needs of the school can accommodate the proposed study leave.
Where study leave is granted without pay the period of leave is recognised as service for annual leave, personal leave and long service leave purposes.

Where an application for study leave does not satisfy the criteria set out above consideration may be given to granting a period of leave without pay provided the staffing needs of the school can accommodate the period of absence. In this case the period of leave without pay will not count as service.

The principal of each school is responsible for determining study leave applications from assistant principals, teachers and education support class employees in his or her school. The Regional Director is responsible for determining study leave applications from principals in his or her Region. Applications for study leave should include details of the course to be undertaken, a copy of the course timetable and details of leave required.

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