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Director-General's weekly message for staff - 4 March 2011

Principals' Conference a success

It was a busy and successful two days at the Principals' Conference earlier this week. The event was a wonderful and rare opportunity for more than 1200 principals across the state to get together and share our vision for the future of Queensland education.

International guest speaker Professor Ben Levin from the University of Toronto spoke about best practice in education around the world. He was involved education reform in Ontario, Canada and knows that such reforms need a strong plan, alignment, teamwork, passion and commitment. These ideals were a major focus of the conference, with the theme 'United in our Pursuit of Excellence'. We have an important responsibility to make sure all Queensland students have access to a world-class education.

One of my major priorities in addressing the conference was to continue the focus on the department's seven key priorities: early childhood education; student and school performance; training and skilling Queensland; curriculum implementation; building the education revolution; workforce reform; and policy development.

I hope the principals have gained a lot from the experience and have returned to their schools enthused and with lots of new ideas to share with the staff.

Raising the Bar

As one of his first major tasks as Minister for Education, Minister Cameron Dick spoke to the Principals' Conference about the need to continue to 'raise the bar' in schools to provide a world-class education for our students. He announced plans for a series of workshops for principals and parents to discuss what works and what needs improvement in Queensland schools. Details of these workshops are currently being finalised and will be announced soon.

Skills Minister touring Queensland

Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has been busy touring two regions this week to learn more about his new portfolio. He visited the construction site at Coomera TAFE, as part of Community Cabinet. The state-of-the-art TAFE is expected to open in April to provide skilled workers for the Gold Coast's film and television industry. On Wednesday, Minister Hinchliffe visited Mackay and toured the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE's Mackay Campus and the Mackay Skilling Solutions Queensland office. He took the opportunity to meet staff and learn about the links to industry.

Principal Supervision and Capability Development

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve school performance and student outcomes, the Department has developed a new workforce model for the supervision and development of our principals. Officially introduced at the Principals' Conference in Brisbane earlier this week, the Principal Supervision and Capability Development initiative aims to give principals the support and professional development they need to lead their school communities and improve student outcomes.

It includes the creation of a new supervisory position to oversee principals and the rollout of an online Principals' Capability and Leadership Framework to provide principals with a strong reflective resource to further develop their leadership capabilities. The framework will also provide access for principals to professional development opportunities. For more information visit the Learning Place or MyHR, or contact Assistant Director-General, School Performance, Mark Campling.

My School version 2 goes live

From today additional information about all Queensland schools is available on version 2 of the My School website. The new features include expanded information about each school, 2010 NAPLAN results and student progress, and 2009 school financial data. Version 2 of My School also includes a more direct method of calculating the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage which gives an indication of the background of students attending a school.

The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has undertaken extensive testing of the data contained on My School to ensure it provides schools and the wider community with useful information. Our Department will continue to work with ACARA to ensure the information contained on My School for Queensland state schools is accurate and up-to-date. To view My School version 2 visit www.myschool.edu.au

Free courses for cyclone victims

Congratulations to the staff at Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE who are running a series of free training courses for the residents of Tully, Cardwell and Mission Beach who were devastated by Tropical Cyclone Yasi. All of these courses are now fully booked as the construction and building courses on offer included Bobcat, Front End Loader, Back Hoe, Crane, Truck License, Chainsaw, Construction White Card, Traffic Control and Food Hygiene. The free training courses will run over half and full days and are expected to begin in March.

If you have any queries regarding departmental initiatives, please send them to the Inquiries Mailbox.

For more news go to OnePortal or the Training Employee Portal (DETE employees only) under Marketing and Communication, Newsletters.

Regards

Julie Grantham
Director-General

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