Glen Elmes applauds boost for student literacy and numeracy in Noosa 

The literacy and numeracy of school students in Noosa will be boosted following the implementation of a targeted education plan by the Newman LNP Government.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said plans submitted by state schools to implement the Great Results Guarantee initiative were now approved and had been published on state school websites.

“Queensland’s education system needs to be at the top of its game in order for the state to be able to innovate and rise to the challenges of tomorrow. It is critically important to continue to invest in our younger generation but to better plan that investment and measure improvement.” Mr Elmes said.

“The Great Results Guarantee has enabled our schools to make a decision on what will best meet their literacy and numeracy requirements and implement that change on a local level with input from the local community, teachers and students.

“The Noosaville State School, for example, planned to develop and deliver a multi-faceted and co-ordinated approach to improve reading skills through utilizing recognized academic programs and by engaging additional teachers-aides, volunteers and parents. It has received a grant of almost $150,000 to fund this considered program.

“Sunshine Beach State School planned to address literacy and numeracy issues at a very early stage, ensure that all students meet the National Minimum Standard and also to stimulate talented learners. It has received a grant of almost $200,000 to fund its program to address the needs which it identified.

“Improved literacy and numeracy are essential to taking Queenslanders from kindergarten to meaningful employment. These skills enable our students to develop their full potential and participate fully in our society and our growing economy,” Mr Elmes said.

“There is a high degree of accountability built into the program as every school Principal had to sign off on how they would use the new funding to maximize student literacy and numeracy outcomes.

“It is very exciting now to see the plan in place and I look forward to seeing some fantastic outcomes in literacy and numeracy for our students.

“This is about investing in our future, our children and ensuring that Queensland remains a great state with great opportunity for generations to come.”

The Great Results Guarantee initiative, announced in January, allocated $131 million this year to Queensland’s more than 1,230 state schools to boost student literacy and numeracy skills with a focus on students’ early years.

Schools were required to enter into an agreement that every student would either achieve the National Minimum Standard for literacy and numeracy for their year level or have an evidence-based plan, developed by the school, in place to address their specific learning needs.