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News release: Teachers should not sign NAPLAN confidentiality agreement

The Independent Education Union (IEU) is advising its members not to sign confidentiality agreements in relation to the administration of NAPLAN online testing.

The Union, which represents teachers and support staff in NSW/ACT non government schools, said there is no reason for teachers to sign a confidentiality agreement with a third party, in this case The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

Teachers who felt they were being coerced into signing are advised to contact their Union organiser.

ACARA is asking for the signature at the behest of Pearson, the commercial organisation which administers the NAPLAN test.

IEU Secretary John Quessy said the Union was disturbed teachers could be at risk of legal action if they discussed the contents of a NAPLAN test with colleagues in the staffroom.

“We feel it’s an unreasonable expectation to ask teachers to sign a confidentiality agreement about an exam,” Mr Quessy said.

“Teachers sign no such confidentiality agreements around the HSC. This is an intrusion on teachers’ professional life that is not acceptable to us.”

Read the full News Release here


Further comment: John Quessy, Secretary IEU NSW ACT mobile 0429 919 315

Mark Northam, Assistant Secretary IEU NSW ACT mobile 0427 667 061

Media contacts: Sue Osborne 8202 8900, or Bronwyn Ridgway (a/h) 0433 373 109