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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Government to improve achievement in disadvantaged schools

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    Government to improve achievement in disadvantaged schools

    The Bligh Government will improve student achievement and tackle truancy at 66 large state schools in disadvantaged communities across Queensland in 2008-09.

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford said the Believe Achieve Succeed strategy would be implemented initially in 26 secondary and 40 primary schools, mainly in the Logan-Beaudesert, Moreton and Wide Bay-Burnett regions.

    “Giving every child every chance to succeed is a priority for our Government,” Mr Welford said.

    “Some children who live in low socio-economic areas must overcome greater hurdles than others to successfully participate in school.

    “Schools in these communities often struggle with student disengagement, resulting in reduced retention, high absenteeism, truancy, low achievement and poor behaviour.

    “Our Government recognises how committed and professional teachers are in trying to overcome these challenges.

    “There are many teachers who go above and beyond their normal duties to help out disadvantaged students.

    “They want to give every student the opportunity to fulfil their potential and their efforts should be acknowledged.

    “This strategy will give additional support and flexibility to staff, with an additional 10 staff dedicated to piloting multi-disciplinary intervention teams in our disadvantaged schools.

    “The teams’ goals will be to improve student attendance and the wellbeing and achievement of students.”

    Mr Welford said the strategy would focus on:

    • recruiting, selecting, retaining and transferring teachers in identified schools
    • delivering induction programs and professional development on best practice teaching and learning to combat disadvantage
    • allocating an additional 10 staff members to pilot multi-disciplinary intervention teams to work with selected school clusters to tackle truancy, with students at risk of disengaging from learning and with their families.

    Media contact: Marnie Stitz or Emma Clarey on 3237 1000