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Briefing for Member Schools 21 st June 2011. Topics Queensland Government Education White Paper – A Flying Start for Queensland Children State Budget.

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1 Briefing for Member Schools 21 st June 2011

2 Topics Queensland Government Education White Paper – A Flying Start for Queensland Children State Budget 2011/12

3 Green Paper Queensland Government released a Green Paper – A Flying Start for Queensland Children in February 2010 The Green Paper put forward a number of proposals for public consultation The White Paper – also called A Flying Start for Queensland Children was released on 9 th June It outlines Government policy and proposed actions in relation to the Green Paper proposals

4 White Paper Getting Ready for School Getting Ready for Secondary School Boosting Performance for all Schools Available at

5 Getting Ready for School Continuation of Ready Readers; reading awareness campaign; reading training for parents of children in Prep to Year 3 Prep will be recognised as the first year of schooling (however, it remain as not compulsory) Universal access to kindergarten; 240 new kindergartens (already announced)

6 Getting Ready for Secondary School Year 7 to move to secondary in 2015 For State schools, “junior secondary” from 2013 (Years 8 and 9); from 2015 (Years 7, 8 and 9) The change will be piloted in up to 20 state schools prior to 2015 Strong emphasis on pastoral care for Year 7 students, teacher professional development and introduction of the Australian Curriculum Increase the Living Away from Home Allowance for Year 7 students to the secondary rate

7 Financial Assistance $328.2 million for state schools over four years Also $293.8 million in recurrent assistance over five years, including an allocation of $81 million to the non-state sector for capital assistance grants

8 Non-State Assistance Of the $81 million, up to $32 million will be available for independent schools However, the vast majority of this amount will be from the annual State Government capital funding allocation to independent schools This amount is not only well short of what support ISQ believes is necessary, but will also have an impact on capital funding available for other projects

9 Boarding Schools The Government will establish a Taskforce to assess the facility needs of boarding schools The Taskforce will report back to the Premier by the end of November 2011

10 The Process The Block Grant Authority will undertake an individual school audit to assess and establish the facilities needs of each school This assessment will be in accordance with the parameters for funding established by the Government It would be expected that the BGA will be able to provide advice to schools before the end of 2011 about the funding process, criteria and possible entitlements of schools

11 Other Issues Recurrent funding – Year 7 will receive recurrent funding at secondary levels from 2015 Accreditation processes – the Government will put in place streamlined accreditation process in relation to the change

12 Questions your questions about Year 7 to me at I will be running on on-line forum in early August - registration details available through ISQ

13 Boosting Performance for All Schools Teacher Education and Induction Review of Teacher Education and Induction (Caudwell and Sutton) Some recommendations accepted and to be implemented from 2012 Other recommendations to be considered by a Teacher Education Implementation Taskforce ISQ will be represented on the Taskforce

14 Boosting Performance for All Schools Establish an education standards authority in 2013 to perform curriculum, assessment and reporting functions and to accredit all schools The new authority will replace the Queensland Studies Authority and the Non State Schools Accreditation Board The Queensland College of Teachers will remain as currently operating

15 Boosting Performance for All Schools Legislate shared criteria and standards for all Queensland schools Create a new focus on school improvement to support student outcomes Respect schools’ differences and encourage innovation through quality assurance processes that allow diversity of schools and systems

16 State Budget 2011/12 Department of Education and Training 2011/12 budget is $8.7 billion in recurrent funding and $578 million in capital funding $7.1 billion in recurrent funding will be spent on schools Education continues to decline as a percentage of the State Budget – down to 22%

17 State Budget Continuation of various initiatives in state schools – Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan; Closing the Gap; Science Spark Program 300 additional FTE teachers Additional 5,000 teacher aide hours per week

18 Non-State Schools Recurrent funding for non-state schools 2010/112011/12 $467.1 million$516.6 million 10.5% increase (takes into account enrolment growth)

19 Other Funding School Transport$4.9 million Capital Assistance$52.9 million Living Away from Home Allowance$6.5 million Textbook Allowance$17.6 million Total assistance for non-state schools – $602.6 million

20 ISQ State Conference Conversations Cairns – 27 to 29 th July 2011 Registrations and details at

21 For further information - David Robertson Executive Director Independent Schools Queensland


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