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Teacher aides thanked on their special day

12 September 2013

Teacher Aides thanked on their special day

Photo: iStockphoto/BartCo

The important role played by teacher aides has been recognised on their special day.

Students, teachers and parents across Queensland mark the first Friday in September as Teacher Aide Day, thanking them for their important role in children's learning.

Department of Education, Training and Employment Director-General Dr Jim Watterston and Minister John-Paul Langbroek joined the chorus at Ashmore State School on the Gold Coast where they met some of the school's teacher aides and shared morning tea with them.

'Each year on the first Friday in September schools are able to do something special to thank teacher aides for the invaluable support they provide to students and teachers,' Mr Langbroek said.

'Around 14,800 teacher aides are engaged in the State education system. They work closely with teachers and provide a wide range of support for students, including those who need additional assistance to achieve their fullest potential.'

The Government is engaged in a four-year $54 million program to ensure Prep classes have the equivalent of a full-time teacher aide in the classroom during all school hours.

'It's in these early years that our youngest students develop the basic skills needed for learning and interacting with others at school,' Mr Langbroek said.

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