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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Funding boost to support home tutors

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Funding boost to support home tutors

    The Palaszczuk Government will invest almost $1.5 million in home tutors to help students read under a deal announced by Education Minister Kate Jones today.

    “The Partners in Learning program will help home tutors of children enrolled in the Schools of Distance Education to support children’s reading development,” she said.

    “This new program will provide specialist advice and strategies to help tutors educate young Queenslanders.”

    Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association state president Kim Hughes welcomed the announcement and said the program would provide valuable assistance for home tutors across Queensland.

    “The program will help tutors to build their knowledge and understanding of how to improve the reading of students enrolled in distance education.”

    “It recognises the vital role that home tutors play in helping to deliver the curriculum and ensuring students are reaching their full potential.”

    Education Minister Kate Jones said the announcement showed the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to ensure all students had access to the best possible quality of education, regardless where they lived.

    “The Partners in Learning program will help us make sure Queensland kids who live in remote parts of the state have the same access to quality education as everyone else," she said.

    ”The program was developed following extensive consultation with rural and remote families and education providers in 2017. "

    It is part of the government’s strategy to improve rural and remote education in Queensland state schools.

    “The $1.475 million trial will begin in 2018 and run for four years,” she said.

    “It’s focused on reading in the early years.”

    It will be delivered as a residential program of up to four days with participants from six Queensland Schools of Distance Education – Cairns, Capricornia, Charleville, Charters Towers, Longreach and Mount Isa School of the Air.

    “The Schools of Distance Education will partner with the department’s Reading Centre so the program suits the individual needs of the home tutors involved and the children they work with,” Ms Jones said. 

    “Follow-up assistance will be given to home tutors to help children with any extra needs.”

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