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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Historic agreement between parents, citizens and state schools

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    Historic agreement between parents, citizens and state schools

    The partnership between Education Queensland and the peak parent body, Queensland Council of Parents and Citizens’ Association (QCPCA), was strengthened today with the signing of an historic agreement.

    In Brisbane last week, Education and Training Director-General Julie Grantham and QCPCA president Margaret Black signed the Agreement for a Work Interchange Arrangement.

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the department and the QCPCA have formally agreed to further their working relationship to support state school Parents and Citizens groups (P&Cs) by establishing a position to be based in the QCPCA offices and funded by Education Queensland.

    “The client services manager will maintain positive relationships between the department and the QCPCA and will develop and maintain training materials for P&Cs and provide advice on their implementation,” Mr Wilson said.

    “The new manager took up the position last week and will be a great addition to the team.

    “The new position is an extension of the department’s parental engagement strategy in formalising a joint working arrangement with the QCPCA.

    “We welcome the opportunity to work together in creating the necessary measures to ensure closer parent school relationships.”

    Mr Wilson said the State Government had a long and valuable relationship with QCPCA through joint collaborations such as the Queensland Schools Alliance Against Violence which was implementing a number of initiatives to tackle bullying in schools.

    “We all have a role to play in the education and development of our young Queenslanders and we know the best results are achieved when educators and parents work in tandem,” he said.

    “Parents and their children really are our target audience and we want to make sure the reform we are bringing to Queensland is discussed widely and taken on board.

    “We have committed funding to this new position to ensure Queensland children get the best possible start in their schooling.”

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    July 20, 2010