The department will support numeracy and literacy through:
- Queensland's National Partnership in Literacy and Numeracy, which will:
- include coordinated intervention processes and monitoring of student progress in literacy and numeracy
- strengthen the impact of the literacy framework in a targeted cohort of schools
- Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan funding of $72.3 million over three years, including $20.3 million in 2009-10, which will provide:
- additional full-time teachers who will provide 10-20 hours of intensive teaching each year for those Year 3 and 5 students not meeting national literacy and numeracy standards
- up to 80 literacy and numeracy coaches in schools not currently meeting national literacy and numeracy standards
- 72 summer schools to assist 9000 students in Years 5 to 7
- professional development to teachers
- implementation of the Queensland Government's response to the final report by Professor Geoff Masters on the Queensland Education Performance Review, A Shared Challenge: Improving Literacy, Numeracy and Science Learning in Queensland Primary Schools (new window) , following consultation with stakeholders and consideration of community submissions
- implementation of the Year 2 Diagnostic Net, which was reviewed during 2009. This will assist teachers to efficiently and manageably map children's learning, and establish greater continuity in learning across the early years.
The department will support student learning by:
- introducing the Science Spark program, which will comprise $43.5 million over three years, including $11.1 million in 2009-10. The program will reignite student interest in science across Years 4 to 7 by:
- employing 100 new primary school science teachers to work with students in Years 4 to 7
- rolling out a professional development program for primary teachers
- expanding the number of Earth Smart Science Schools from 60 to 1000 over the next three years
- declaring 2010 as the Year of Environmental Sustainability in Schools
- continuing the momentum started by the Year of Creativity by:
- celebrating the creativity already occurring in Queensland schools, and training and arts organisations, and putting renewed emphasis on the place of creativity in education for the future
- laying the foundation for the 2010 Year of Environmental Sustainability
- further developing digital content, and expanding and utilising eLearning capabilities across the P-12 curriculum
- introducing the Low Socio-Economic Status School Communities National Partnership, which will replace the Believe Achieve Succeed strategy. This will strengthen the strategic response to better support schools in Queensland's most disadvantaged communities.
The department will support student wellbeing by:
- continuing to embed physical activity across the curriculum and improve teachers' competence in this area
- providing support to regions and districts to continue expanding the number of schools using the Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support Program to implement evidence-based behaviour management practices.
The department will build on the work of the Partners for Success Strategy through the implementation of the Closing the Gap Education Strategy, which will become the overarching departmental strategy on Indigenous education in Queensland. The strategy's service lines are:
- foundation learning with a focus on literacy and numeracy
- health and physical activity as a precondition to learning
- participation to employment
- culture and enterprise.
The department will invest $8.3 million in the third year of its four-year commitment (total: $30 million) to continue the transition to Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as the language of instruction for students who require signed communication.