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Every student succeeding

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lifting educational outcomes and preparing confident, future-focused students.

Queensland state schools are supporting students to become lifelong learners and global citizens.

We want Queensland students solving real-world challenges through critical thinking, teamwork, co-design, innovation and entrepreneurship.

By implementing all eight learning areas of the Australian Curriculum all Queensland students will have the knowledge, understandings, skills and values to engage in lifelong learning. The curriculum supports Queensland students to have positive transitions through schooling to further education and work and to take advantage of every available opportunity.

We are continuing to provide high quality curriculum through our implementation of the Australian Curriculum and our world-class Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) resources.

In 2017-18, we continued lifting educational outcomes and nurturing our students by:

Fostering the wellbeing of every student

Our young people are growing up in a world driven by new technologies and economic globalisation. Their future means they need a new set of cognitive, social and emotional skills for success. Healthy, confident and resilient young people who can successfully navigate a more complex world are vital for Queensland’s future. We are supporting schools to foster student wellbeing through delivering the Student Learning and Wellbeing Framework.

The Framework guides schools to implement a whole-school approach to student wellbeing through creating safe, supportive and inclusive environments, building the capability of staff, students and the school community to understand mental health and wellbeing and developing strong systems for early intervention.

Our state schools must continue to provide inclusive environments that nurture the wellbeing of all our students so they become resilient lifelong learners who respond positively to their changing world and pursue their passions with confidence.​

Preparing for the new senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems


We are preparing to implement the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system for students entering Year 11 from 2019. The Queensland Government invested $20.1 million in 2017-18 (over $72.9 million in 2015-16 to 2019-20) to support the changes to the system.

We are ensuring a successful transition to the new QCE system by providing regions, principals and schools with targeted professional development, key preparation resources and strategic communications. We’ve identified the support and information that schools need by analysing the data collected from our surveys and visits to every state secondary and P-12 school throughout 2017.

We have provided schools with the New QCE System — Statement of Expectations to support them over the 2018-20 transition period. We have established professional education communities by developing strong communications with schools through the Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) Discussion List and SATE Essentials for State Schools newsletter. These activities are assisting schools to plan for the new system by prioritising actions to achieve sustainable change.

Supporting our rural and remote teachers and students

We are targeting initiatives to improve literacy and numeracy and to ensure that all students are engaged in their learning. We are using digital technologies to help students reach beyond the classroom and working together with families, communities and key partners to nurture the wellbeing of students.

We have invested in expanding the boarding facilities for Tagai State College and are establishing four new Centres for Learning and Wellbeing focused on professional learning, teaching excellence, developing cultural capability and creating inclusive school environments.

The Partners in Learning home tutor coaching modules have been designed to assist parents and home tutors to improve their skills in supporting their children’s reading.

Preparing our students for the future


In 2018, the Advancing STEM in Queensland state primary schools initiative began. Over four years (2018-19 to 2021-22) state primary schools will source expertise from local secondary schools, universities or industry to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning more active, engaging and to prepare students for the future.

We are supporting schools to deliver a world-class (STEM) education to every young Queenslander by supporting schools to inquire into their STEM education programs, build teacher capability, develop a culture of high achievement in STEM education and increase student participation in STEM learning. We are building teacher capability through providing STEM online professional development modules developed in partnership with Griffith University.

In 2018, we also launched the Robotics for the Future initiative to support schools to teach coding and robotics while ensuring every state school offers the digital technologies curriculum. We are continuing to develop our students’ creative and entrepreneurial skills through design, technology and the arts with the Queensland Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow program.

We are expanding the study of languages and cultures to ensure students have the skills and confidence to interact across cultures as successful global citizens. In 2018, for the first time, Premier’s Reading Challenge included book titles other than English — available in Chinese, French, German and Japanese for Prep to Year 3.

Integrating services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

We are using targeted strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to excel in their learning. In 2017-18, we delivered Be well Learn well, an early intervention strategy addressing the learning and social developmental needs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Prep to Year 12 in identified remote schools. We know that by intervening early and making sure students get the support they need, they can thrive at school.

We are keeping students engaged by implementing a suite of sports-related programs and providing targeted engagement incentives to encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Years 7 to 12 to stay in school and complete Year 12.

Reconnecting young people who become disengaged

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to meeting the complex needs of children and young people who disengage from education. In 2017-18, our Regional Youth Engagement Hubs continued to reconnect young people who have become disconnected, with 2,305 young people supported to re-engage in 2017, and current numbers indicating we are well on track to exceed this number in 2018. We continued to build on work undertaken by the Youth Engagement Alliance to identify how all government agencies can work together to support at-risk children and young people to succeed.

Maximising outcomes for students with disabilities

We continue our work towards lifting the educational outcomes for students with disability by implementing the recommendations from the Review of education for students with disability in Queensland state schools and strategies outlined in the Every Student with Disability Succeeding plan. We want to make sure that all students achieve academically and socially, and our revised Inclusive Education Policy highlights our shared vision for how we will achieve this. We are continuing to build capacity in schools to include and engage students with disability through having high expectations, professional learning for teachers and school leaders, and authentically partnering with parents.

Making sure all students have a strong foundation in literacy


Instilling a love of reading in children sets them up to succeed. We are complementing the efforts of our schools and parents to establish a solid foundation in literacy through reintroducing the Queensland Ready Reading Program. Over the next three years, we are recruiting and training up to 3,000 volunteers in partnership with Volunteering Queensland to boost student literacy outcomes across Queensland.

We are continuing to support planning for and monitoring of literacy and numeracy improvement in schools through the use of Early Start tasks for Prep to Year 2 and the P-10 Literacy continuum, its associated resources and online monitoring tool in OneSchool. The Literacy P-12 website houses literacy projects and materials for state schools, including access to the Teaching reading in Queensland state schools website, a central platform for strategies and policy related to the teaching of reading.

From 2018, we commenced a short-term writing intervention, Getting kids writing: one sentence at a time to improve NAPLAN Writing scores, as part of the long-term writing improvement strategy. Getting kids writing: one sentence at a time provides a series of strategies for primary and secondary schools to improve student writing, and provides explicit instruction in teaching students to write.

To ensure that all students have a strong foundation for learning, we are continuing to support students in disadvantaged areas to make successful transitions to school and improve family engagement through the Step up into Education initiative.​

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Last updated
02 November 2018