Glen Elmes invites local to shape Queensland's 30-year vision for schools 

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, has welcomed the Newman LNP Government’s latest initiative to develop a 30-year plan for the future of education in Queensland.

The historic Queensland Education Accord will determine priorities for schools and ensure that future generations of students in Noosa are given the best possible education and access to job opportunities.

Mr Elmes said he was looking forward to begin talking with the Noosa community.

“The Education Accord will bring students, parents, teachers and Principals together to constructively develop the priorities for our schools and future students,” he said.

“This is about developing a strong plan for a brighter future for all Queensland students.

“The Newman LNP Government is focussed on ensuring our children have the education they deserve and this grassroots initiative demonstrates our commitment to revitalizing front line services.”

Mr Elmes said that residents would be invited to contribute to the plan by providing their feedback on seven key questions stemming from priorities identified in The Queensland Plan and these are:

  • How do we ensure that all young Queenslanders have access to an affordable, high-quality education, regardless of their circumstances? In particular, how do we ensure young people in rural and remote locations have access to world-class educational opportunities that build on the strengths and potential of our regions?
  • With competing demands on available resources, how do we ensure the school system and schools have the agility, flexibility and autonomy to keep improving in the changing environment over the next 30 years?
  • What qualities do we - as parents, educators, business leaders and community members - expect young Queenslanders will gain from their school education?
  • How do we ensure that schools equip students with the skills, knowledge, aptitudes and values they need to strengthen our economy and participate in a globalized 21st century world?
  • How do we assure and improve the quality of teaching and learning in our schools? How do we attract, retain and develop the very best teachers and school leaders?
  • How do we support young Queenslanders in making a successful transition from home or early childhood education and care to school and, from school, to further education, training and employment?
  • How can we develop greater engagement and partnerships between schools and their communities (including parents and carers, other education and training providers, local government and community organizations, businesses and industry)?

“These questions will guide the consultation phase until September,” Mr Elmes said.

“Education is a vitally important local issue for Noosa residents and I will be pleased to facilitate the consultation process to ensure local residents’ ideas and views are considered.

“I will be calling for a local parent, teacher and Principal to attend the Education Accord Summit in September and will welcome nominations.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work together on a shared vision that sets clear priorities for the future.” Mr Elmes said.

Consultation will start this week with a summit to be held in September.

To find out more about the Education Accord and to get involved visit http://dete.qld.gov.au/educationaccord

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