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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    SEAM trial did not work: Education Minister

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    SEAM trial did not work: Education Minister

    The Queensland Government will not participate in an extension of the Federal Government's Improving School Attendance through Welfare Reform Measure (SEAM) trial because it failed to produce any significant change in student attendance rates.

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the SEAM trial had been implemented in 30 schools in Logan, Mornington Island and Doomadgee.

    He said the trial, which is due to finish on 30 June, ties the payment of certain Centrelink benefits to the enrolment and attendance of compulsory school-aged children.

    "Continuing the trial would further burden our schools without any financial support from the Federal Government," Mr Langbroek said.

    "The Federal Government’s own evaluation report into the effectiveness of the trial showed that the suspension of income support payments made no impact on improving school attendance.

    "This big stick approach just basically doesn't work and at the end of the day, ends up impacting on the kids.

    "The Newman Government is committed to providing a quality education experience for Queensland students and part of this promise is working on ways to improve student attendance rates.

    "This is why we are taking a hands-on approach to really change the behaviour and attitudes of communities towards school attendance.

    “We believe there are other, more beneficial ways to address school attendance, like providing breakfast and before-school programs as well buses getting children to and from school.

    "Our Government funds guidance officers, attendance officers, chaplains and community liaison officers who can work with families to change attitudes towards school attendance.

    "We are serious about making sure our kids are going to school and this hands-on approach has produced real sustained change in attendance outcomes."

    [ENDS] 18 June 2012


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