Investing in Education
Latest Education News:
Lowering Class Sizes
When teachers and teacher aides are able to provide more individual attention to students, we know that their education improves.
By employing 875 extra teachers, above growth, and providing an additional 8,000 teacher aide hours per week, the number of classes over target is now at the lowest level since Labor was previously in government.
We made a commitment to restore teachers to our classrooms and that's exactly what we are delivering.
There's still more work to be done but every parent I speak with knows the difference lower class sizes has on their children.
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Upgrading Classrooms and Facilities
We are committed to ensuring that every child has access to quality school facilities.
The 2016/17 State Budget included a record investment in Education with $667 million specifically dedicated to school infrastructure.
We are also addressing the historical underfunding of school maintenance by providing an extra $300 million, bringing our total investment to $763 million over the next four years.
Four new schools opened in 2017 including the Cairns State Special School which is the first special school built in North QLD for 30 years.
The Queensland Government has also just announced another $200 million investment in capital infrastructure that will see:
- 30 state schools with new or upgraded halls
- 10 schools with upgraded special education facilities
- 9 schools with administration upgrades
- 25 schools with new shaded or covered learning areas.
Queensland students need to be prepared for the jobs of the future.
Around 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM-related skills and knowledge including coding and robotics. By learning coding and applying these skills to real world problems, we will help students become critical thinkers, innovators and problem solvers.
The Key Priorities of our plan, Advancing Education, are:
Every state school to offer the Digital Technologies curriculum, including coding and robotics, from Prep to Year 10
Every state school to have access to specialist science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers
Ensuring all state schools offer languages other than English from Prep with a focus on Asian languages
Improved learning outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders students.
Targeted professional development and practical teaching resources.
By bringing the digital curriculum into the classroom, embracing new innovations and developing partnerships with existing industries, we can ensure that our children will have the best possible start into a changing world.
Funding STEM and IT Specialists
For the first time ever, the Queensland Government will invest $140 million over four years to fund dedicated information technology support officers in our state schools.
This funding will provide an extra full-time equivalent IT support staff member for every 1,000 students across all Queensland state schools. We need to ensure STEM education is supported with the appropriate technical staff.
We will also deliver specific STEM champions for primary schools to lift student participation in science and maths. It's an investment of $81 million over four years starting from 2018.
We want to give Queensland students more opportunities to study science, technology, engineering and maths – including robotics and coding – to prepare them for the challenges and jobs of tomorrow.
STEM champions will work closely with more than 100 schools in the first year of the four-year program to help them develop and implement their STEM strategies. This means that, starting from next year, schools will be able to source the expertise they need including from secondary schools, universities or industry.
Our initiative will help boost the number of students participating in STEM subjects in high school and a focus on STEM-related skills, including coding and robotics, is critical to education.
Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow
One hundred Queensland schools have each received more than $16,000 to create localised innovation programs to connect thousands of students with programmers, entrepreneurs, robotics experts and innovators.
These programs, including ones at Ashgrove State School, Oakleigh State School and The Gap State High School, are providing students with real-world experiences that generate pathways into work and encouraging them to bring their ideas to life
Upgrading Digital Infrastructure
A $137 million partnership between the Queensland Government and Telstra is allowing our students to access the internet and digital systems faster than ever before. The partnership will see connect more than 450 additional schools to high speed fibre optic cable, opening up endless possibilities for Queensland students.
What does this mean for local schools?
Ashgrove State School - Doubled
Enoggera State School - 250% Better
Hilder Road State School - 500% Better
Mitchelton State School - Tripled
Mitchelton State High School - 250% Better
Newmarket State School - 600% Better
Oakleigh State School - Doubled
Payne Road State School - 600% Better
The Gap State School - 500% Better
The Gap State High School - Not Required
Updating the Curriculum
Queensland teachers have consistently raised concerns about the workload pressures of an overcrowded curriculum.
That's why Queensland state school teachers will have more control on how they teach the Australian Curriculum from Term 1 2017
Teachers want more time for revision, extension or deeper learning for all students in their classroom. While achievement standards and core content will remain, we can provide more flexibility for teachers to move with the learning needs of their students. Teachers of students with disability will also have access to more targeted professional development to help implement the curriculum.
For the first time in decades, Queensland is also reviewing its senior curriculum as part of a transition to a new system of senior assessment from 2019.
Close to 80 senior syllabuses will be reviewed to ensure we are giving students the skills they need to succeed in a competitive, technology-driven economy and society.