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DG's View

May 2009

Our department conducts important work, the learning and development of our state's children, and the skilling of Queenslanders. I'm proud to be at the head of such a department - no other agency makes such an impact on people's lives.

So that we can deliver on our key priorities of increasing kindergarten access, lifting school performance, and increasing Queenslanders' skills and qualifications we're making the Department of Education and Training (DET) more efficient with some changes to our governance.

I'm pleased to say the changes to the department's structure will strengthen our ability to deliver services to all Queenslanders. I've created or enhanced divisions: Skills Queensland; Training Queensland; Education Queensland; Policy, Planning and Performance; Regulation; Indigenous Reforms; Corporate Services; and Infrastructure Services.

I've separated more clearly from the rest of the agency, the "public" provision of education and training. Education Queensland is now more focused on our state schools and the corresponding support services such as teaching and learning (curriculum), student services and regions. Its focus will be to ensure our state schooling system remains robust and children are well equipped with the essentials such as literacy and numeracy while we continue to support their holistic development.

Training Queensland is focused on government's direct service delivery through our TAFE Institutes, Skilling Solutions Queensland and the training regions. Its aim will be to ensure we have a strong public provider and to deliver effective and efficient training services for Queenslanders.

As you know, Professor Geoff Masters has been looking at the state of education in Queensland after results from last year's National Assessment Program - Literary and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and Trends in International Maths and Science (TIMSS) tests.

The State Government accepted all five of Professor Masters' recommendations from his preliminary review in January. One of these was the practice tests which schools implemented by last March. The practice tests have helped to prepare Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students for the national tests this month, and will help to assess their literacy and numeracy levels.

Professor Masters' final report was released on May 1. If you would like to read his conclusions, visit the DET website.

I'm very proud of Queensland's teachers. We have lots of challenges and I know you all have wonderful ideas on how we can solve them. I really want to see how teachers are getting on in the classroom and would like to visit as many schools around the state as I can. Please issue your invitations through your Regional Executive Directors. I look forward to hearing from you.

Julie Grantham
Acting Director-General