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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Summer Schools to support the ‘three Rs’

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Wednesday, September 08, 2010

    Summer Schools to support the ‘three Rs’

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the Bligh Government’s innovative and popular Summer School program will once again be held during the September school holidays (27 September to 1 October).

    Mr Wilson said earlier programs had been a success, and a clear indication that the Government’s commitment to boosting standards in Queensland schools was working.

    “The Summer Schools provide a unique opportunity to engage students in reading, writing and arithmetic using a range of resources and ways of learning,” Mr Wilson said.

    “Looking at the January 2010 Summer Schools, achievement measures indicated that 68 per cent of students displayed an improvement in at least one area of literacy, and 74 per cent of students displayed an improvement in at least one area of numeracy.

    “We know there are students out there who need more focussed attention and support to lift their achievements and these Summer Schools are providing that.

    “This excellent program gives students access to the extra help they need and is just one of the many ways the Bligh Government is working to give every student a flying start to learning and to life.”

    Feedback provided by students, teachers, parents/carers and coordinators showed the program has been a hit.

    Following the January 2010 program, 95.7 per cent of parents/carers indicated that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with Summer Schools.

    Part of the Smarter Schools National Partnership Agreement between the Federal and State governments, more than 70 Queensland state schools and online distance education sites will offer the Summer Schools.

    “The Bligh Government has committed to spending $72.3m over three years to improve literacy and numeracy standards in schools so that every student in Queensland is given every chance to succeed,” Mr Wilson said.

    “Summer schools, intensive teaching in literacy and numeracy, and coaching for teachers in literacy and numeracy are the focus of this funding.

    “Summer Schools are specifically designed for Years 5, 6 and 7 students who have been identified through NAPLAN tests as requiring additional help in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

    “The schools do not replace the existing support that students receive at their school. Rather, they provide an opportunity for students to receive additional assistance.”

    Each class has a registered, experienced teacher, and students receive 15 hours of intensive tuition in small groups.

    More than 2050 students attended the January 2010 Summer Schools at 72 locations around the state, including 11 rural and remote indigenous communities in Far North and North Queensland. Approximately 3,500 students participated in the September 2009 Summer Schools.

    In addition to the Summer Schools program, the Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership (part of the Smarter Schools National Partnership Agreement) has introduced a range of initiatives to support teaching staff in the critical areas of literacy and numeracy.

    Under this funding, more than 90 literacy and numeracy teaching coaches have been employed in 175 Queensland state schools. A further 16 coaches are supporting 35 more state schools, funded through additional partnership funds.

    Coaches work with teachers in schools requiring additional support to reach and exceed national minimum standards in literacy and numeracy.

    Further information on Summer Schools is available on the Department’s website at

    Media contact: 3237 1000

    8 September 2010