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Capable and confident people delivering responsive services

Our 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 workforce

Employing new teachers

More 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 Future

Launched 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 planning

We 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 demand
  • tailored workforce planning tools and resources to support workforce planning being undertaken in schools throughout Queensland
  • workforce 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 teachers

We 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.

Transforming the way we do our business

2020 Ready

To prepare our schools for 2020—the year high schools will have six full cohorts of students—we have invested $250 million over 2-years from 2017–18 for additional facilities.

Flagstone State Community College

Among these facilities is the $6.1 million Jude Fox Learning Hub at Flagstone State Community College, opened in March 2019.

The learning hub is a collection of one-level buildings with 5 new classrooms, 5 special education areas, a therapy room and a life skills area with kitchen facilities.

These state-of-the-art facilities are dedicated to the school's much admired founding principal, Jude Fox, who passed away in 2018. A devoted and passionate educator, Mrs Fox believed every student had the right to a quality education, and was an advocate for personalised learning experiences and modern facilities.

The innovative spaces will help teachers at Flagstone deliver world-class educational opportunities, while catering for the differing learning needs of students.

Highfields State Secondary College

To accommodate the rapidly growing Highfields State Secondary College student population, Stage 3 of the college campus was completed in July 2018. This final stage of the new campus delivered a new multipurpose sports hall with sports court and a kinesiology room; and a new two-storey secondary learning centre, providing eight learning spaces. The works were completed at a cost of $7 million. The Darling Downs school first opened in 2015, with a new year-level added each year until 2019, when it reached its full complement of year levels.

We are building for the future, delivering new schools and expanding existing schools in growth areas

A brand new primary school—Spring Mountain State School— welcomed its first students when it opened for the school year in January 2019. Facilities at the school include 30 contemporary classrooms, music and science rooms, a resource centre and multipurpose hall, administration building, canteen, uniform shop and a large oval for school sport and physical activities.

A further 8 new schools are under construction to open for the 2020 school year:

  • a state primary school at Ripley Valley
  • state secondary schools in:
    • Calliope
    • Coomera
    • Fortitude Valley
    • Mango Hill
    • Ripley Valley
    • Yarrabilba
    • a new special school in Caboolture.

The $1.3 billion Building Future Schools Fund will also deliver 5 new schools for 2021, including:

  • state primary schools in Palmview and Pimpama
  • a state secondary school in Baringa (Caloundra South)
  • a state secondary college in Dutton Park
  • a new special school in Palmview.
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Last updated
24 October 2019