Capable and confident people delivering responsive services Page ContentOur greatest strength is the diversity, talent and commitment of our people. We work hard to attract, develop and retain people with the right skills, providing them with engaging work environments to achieve our priorities for education and industrial relations.We collaborate and co-design services responsive to stakeholder and community needs, and look to new research, technologies and approaches, leveraging innovation and best practice to improve our performance.We supported our people in 2018–19 to make a difference by:A responsive and capable workforceEmploying new teachersMore than 1,000 extra teachers were employed as part of the Government's four-year commitment to employ more than 3,700 extra teachers.Our commitment to Teaching Queensland's FutureLaunched at the statewide principals' conference in February 2019, Teaching Queensland's Future is our 5-year, $136 million strategy to meet the increasing demand for additional teachers in our state schools. The strategy focuses on 5 key areas—workforce planning, attraction, talent management, capability and wellbeing— to build the capability, confidence and agility of our teaching workforce, and ensure a sustainable supply of teachers who will deliver quality learning outcomes for the future.Workforce planningWe have always worked hard to find and develop the best teachers. Growing demand for teachers as a result of strong enrolment growth is continuing to place pressure on our schools to plan well for their needs in the coming years. The workforce planning stream of work improves our understanding of influences and impacts of fluctuations in teacher supply and demand, and supports schools to develop and implement effective workforce plans.Workforce planning outcomes include:a 5-year forecast of teacher supply and demandtailored workforce planning tools and resources to support workforce planning being undertaken in schools throughout Queenslandworkforce planning visits in 272 secondary, P–10 and P–12 schools across the state in 2018, ensuring that every principal has a tailored plan that specifically addresses their local needs and priorities.Information being captured during school workforce planning visits is providing more information about our workforce needs at a school, region and statewide level than ever before. It is helping to anticipate teacher demand across school locations and subject areas. This informs our work with higher education providers and other education jurisdictions to improve the national approach to developing the teaching workforce.Developing a Health and Wellbeing Strategy to support our principals The Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy aims to improve the working lives of Queensland state school principals and deputy principals—enhancing their mental and physical health and overall wellbeing through an integrated and comprehensive suite of initiatives, supports and services.The department has partnered with Professor Philip Riley to design the strategy, to be launched in early 2020.In 2019, Professor Riley and the project team conducted focus groups across the state for principals and deputy principals. The focus groups gave the project team an opportunity to hear firsthand from principals and deputy principals about what is working for them and what might be improved; practices, processes and stakeholder relationships; and services and supports that we can put in place to support them in performing their roles and enhance their wellbeing.Career pathways for highly accomplished and lead teachersWe are committed to supporting the teaching profession and providing classroom teachers with enhanced career pathways that recognise the important role they play in educating Queensland students.In 2018, we continued to work with key partners—the Queensland Teachers' Union and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)—to pilot a voluntary certification process for Queensland state schools that provides successful teachers with professional recognition.The pilot involved three cohorts of teachers from a diverse range of schools and teaching contexts in our North Coast and Far North Queensland regions, with successful teachers gaining nationally recognised certification as a Highly Accomplished Teacher (HAT) or Lead Teacher (LT).The pilot concluded in late 2018 and delivered 47 nationally certified state school teachers, with eligible teachers across Queensland now able to apply for HAT and LT certification.In May 2019, legislation was passed through the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Amendment Act 2019 to create a formal, legislated certification process for teachers and provide for the QCT's ongoing role as a certifying authority.