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Rural and remote education

The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring that all students, no matter where they live, have access to a range of high quality education and training programs. Nearly half of all state schools in Queensland are in rural and remote locations, with approximately one-quarter of state school students enrolled in these schools.

The Department of Education and Training supports the quality teaching and learning occurring in state schools in rural and remote locations. The department recognises the unique challenges of teaching in rural and remote schools and works to address the particular needs of students living in geographically isolated areas.

Financial assistance and programs are available to assist eligible students and communities in rural and remote locations.

A new action plan for rural and remote education

In early 2017, the department held community consultation sessions in Weipa, Mt Isa, Roma, Gin Gin and Longreach, along with stakeholder meetings and an online survey to develop a new action plan for rural and remote education.

The consultation report Adobe PDF document1.2M outlines key findings from stakeholder engagement.

Partners in Learning program

In response to feedback received during the consultation a Partners in Learning program will be implemented from 2018. The program will assist home tutors of students enrolled in a School of Distance Education (SDE) to improve their skills in supporting children's reading. The program will provide specialist advice and strategies to home tutors to build their capability to inspire, encourage and teach children to read and support reading development throughout a child's schooling years.

For further information on the program view our Frequently asked questions Microsoft® Word document488K.

Aspiring Teacher Grants

During the consultation, there was also support for providing financial assistance to Year 12 school leavers from rural and remote locations who have to leave home to study. Aspiring Teacher Grants of $5,000 are available to provide financial support to 25 Year 12 graduates residing in rural or remote locations who receive an Overall Position (OP) between 1 and 6, and commence an undergraduate initial teacher education program in 2018.

Rural and remote state schools

Search whether a school is in a rural or remote zone using the Schools Directory.

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