BACKING OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS

It is time to back our local schools.
Add your name and show your support to backing our local schools through more teachers, better classrooms, and delivering the curriculum of the future.

"Schools, and education, provide the building blocks for successful futures and prosperous communities. I have always backed our local schools and will continue to deliver for all schools across our whole community."

 

Joe Kelly MP 

Joe Kelly and the Palaszczuk Labor government has delivered for all schools across our community.

 

REINTRODUCTION OF THE READY READING PROGRAM

  • To improve literacy and numeracy for every child, this program was reintroduced after being cut by the LNP.

  • More than 3340 people trained across the state to support students to become confident readers

 

NEW TEACHERS

  • Over 1,000 extra teachers employed out of our election commitment of 3,700 over the next four years

  • $9.8 million for 45 additional music teachers

 

SUPPORTING HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED AND LEADING TEACHERS

  • From 2019, teachers can earn up to around $122,000 per year as a Lead Teacher and around $112,000 as a Highly Accomplished Teacher

  • This is about lifting the status of the teaching profession and showing young Queenslanders that teaching is a desirable and rewarding profession.

  • The classifications are accredited through a rigorous application process that incorporates the professional standards for teachers.

 

PREP TEACHER AIDE HOURS

  • $24.8m over four years from 2018 to deliver an extra 4000 teacher aide hours in prep per week, providing vital additional teacher aide time for Prep classes

 

NAPLAN REVIEW

  • Led the call for a national review into NAPLAN, Queensland has conducted its own review into NAPLAN to identify the unintended consequences of the testing regime

  • Developing new testing models to ensure the best available data to inform the best education for all students

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM)

  • $81 million in Advancing STEM in Queensland state primary schools funding provided to schools.

    • Will equate to around $108/student in 2021

  • $138 million over four years for IT support staff to help introduce and maintain all the new IT resources in schools – previously schools had to fund this themselves

  • Introduced rural and remote STEM teaching scholarships ($15,000 each).

  • Developing a network of virtual STEM academies to engage highly capable students in Years 5–9 from across Queensland in innovative virtual STEM learning.

  • Pilot is in progress to deliver a robotics for the future virtual studio.

 

KINDERGARTEN FUNDING

  • The free play-based learning program for three-year-old children and their families, which will be trialled in selected Queensland state schools in 2020. The program will support a soft entry into kindergarten to give children a great start.

  • Providing continued access to kindy, we reaffirmed our commitment to Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDPs) to support children with disability aged 0-5 achieve their full potential. We committed $63.6 million over four years and $18.7 million per year to continue operating ECDPs at our state schools.

  • Delivered 30 remote kindergarten programs across Queensland

 

BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS

  • Delivering over 20 new schools for Queensland including a new secondary college for the Inner City South

  • Expansion of the Queensland Academy of Science, Mathematics and Technology

  • Delivery of a new $10 million classical dance facility with the Queensland Ballet at Kelvin Grove State College facility due to open this year

  • Masterplanning of over 30 schools within a 5km inner-city radius

  • $200 million announced in March 2017 including $116.7million to build new and upgrade existing halls at 30 schools and $83.3million for strategic land purchases with all halls now completed

  • $235 million over four years to deliver school infrastructure upgrades and refurbishments to 17 schools, most of which are over 30 years old

  • Planning work commenced in term 2, 2018 including school visits, discussions with principals regarding potential scope of works and the commencement of initial concept planning work

 

AIR CONDITIONING AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • $97 million to deliver new and innovative solutions to reduce energy costs and embed energy sustainability solutions in over 800 state schools

  • More than 14,000 solar panels installed on Queensland schools as of February.

  • More than three quarters of Queensland schools are now air-conditioned thanks to the work done by the Queensland Government, P&C’s and school communities.

  • $100 million has been allocated to air-condition more classrooms in southern Queensland, including $50 million this year.

  • $477m Cooler Cleaner Schools Program announced in February 2020 will see all remaining classrooms, libraries and staff rooms air-conditioned by June 2022. An extra 100,000 solar panels will also be installed on school roof tops to offset the extra electricity these units will use.

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