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Primary school students can learn how to preserve and protect the environment through an online education program called Enviromaniacs. This program includes games on recycling, energy, water, litter and packaging. Visit the Enviromaniacs website for more details.
http://www.visyenviromaniacs.com.au/

Literacy, numeracy and science

  • Implement the government's response to Professor Geoff Masters' report A Shared Challenge: Improving Literacy, Numeracy and Science Learning in Queensland Primary Schools, including the trial of new literacy, numeracy and science tests for pre-service primary school teachers by the Queensland College of Teachers in 2010. A testing program for all aspiring primary school teachers will commence in 2011.
  • Continue the rollout of the $72.3 million three-year Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan. The 2010-11 State Budget allocated of $25.8 million to provide for:
    • between 10 and 20 hours of intensive teaching each year for Year 3 and 5 students not meeting national minimum standards in literacy and numeracy
    • continued implementation of the literacy and numeracy coach reform in schools as part of the Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership
    • the ongoing operation of summer schools to assist those Year 5 to 7 students not meeting national minimum standards in literacy and numeracy
    • ongoing professional development for teachers to increase their skills and knowledge in assisting students under-performing in literacy and numeracy.
  • Allocate funding of $19.5 million in 2010-11, under the second year of the $43.5 million three year Science Spark program. This will include the continued employment of 15 regional managers (science) to provide professional development in primary schools to support the teaching of science, 100 primary science facilitators to improve knowledge of science for students in Years 4 to 7, and the expansion of the number of Earth Smart schools to 600.

Teaching and learning

  • Develop and implement the Queensland Government's commitments in relation to A Flying Start For Queensland Children including:
    • engagement with the community to recruit and train 3000 volunteers to become Queensland Ready Readers in our schools. These volunteers will receive training to assist young readers in classrooms across the state to build their confidence in and enjoyment of reading
    • a statewide educational program highlighting the importance of parents and carers reading to children in the early years to give them a flying start in school.
  • Provide funding totalling $3.6 million for the establishment of the Queensland Education Leadership Institute, due to be opened in July 2010.
  • Provide funding of $14.1 million for an additional 5000 teacher aide hours per week in 2010-11 (totalling an additional 10 000 hours since 2008-09) under the second year of the government's $43 million three-year commitment to allocate an additional 15 000 hours of teacher aide time each week to support primary students from Prep to Year 7.
  • Invest over $50 million in 2010-11 through a range of initiatives in professional development to enhance the capability of staff, including TAFE and school teachers.
  • Work with all education sectors on the implementation of recommendations from the Queensland Schools Alliance Against Violence.
  • Continue $15 million of funding per annum for the provision of an additional $10 000 in grant funding for each school from the 2010 school year, with an extra $3000 each for schools in disadvantaged areas.
  • Provide funding of $3 million in 2010-11 for the third year of a $12 million four-year commitment to continue implementation of the QCAR Framework for Years 1 to 9. This will include the implementation of Queensland Common Assessment Tasks for Year 4, 6 and 9 English, mathematics and science in all state schools.
  • Continue implementation of a combination of strategies to improve student learning outcomes in state schools involved in the Low Socio-economic Status School Communities National Partnership.
  • Provide ongoing support for 10 Turnaround Teams to work with school leaders and staff to help lift student performance in over 100 state schools.
  • Provide $3.8 million of funding in 2010-11 for the continuation of the Every Child Counts and the Edmund Rice Bridge Program. Every Child Counts involves the trial of new and innovative approaches to improving the educational outcomes of students in the Logan area. The Edmund Rice Bridge Program is an innovative model of support for young people aged between 12 and 15 years who are returning from the juvenile justice system.
  • Invest $9.8 million in 2010-11 in the final year of the $30 million four-year commitment to continue the implementation of Auslan as the language of instruction for deaf and hearing impaired students using signed communication.
  • Provide $2.5 million in 2010-11 in the final year of the $10 million four-year commitment for the IESS pilot operating across five clusters of state schools and a number of non-state schools to improve the attendance, achievement and school completion of Indigenous students.
  • Invest over $100 million in Smart Classrooms initiatives to improve student, teacher and parent access to digital learning materials, while $20 million under the Computers for Teachers program will continue the provision of a dedicated classroom computer and associated professional development to every permanent state school and TAFE institute teacher working two days or more a week.
  • Provide funding for additional computers in 2010-11 under the Australian Government's Digital Education Revolution to improve access to information and communication technology for Queensland state school students in Years 9 to 12.

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