We are shifting from the structural confines of schools to leading more dynamic, distributed and networked learning environments.
Working together to strengthen communities
We are integrating planning, design and delivery of education across schools, early years services and community partners to respond to the changing needs of communities.
Outcomes for children, students, families and communities are strengthened when government agencies, industry and communities partner to drive holistic, integrated responses.
Genuine collaboration between schools extends our reach to ensure every student, no matter what school they attend, has access to the best education.
Schools are learning hubs, using the strength of communities to deliver collaborative learning.
Designated precincts and place-based approaches promote whole-of-government partnerships and leverage local strengths to give every child and young person the best opportunities to succeed.
Our system actions to embed integrated responses and educational precincts:
- trial dedicated educational precincts to implement targeted responses to local needs
- support schools in the most complex communities by collaborating with partners and across government to deliver locally responsive and integrated strategies
- deliver integrated school-based hub models that provide a full range of services to support children, students, families and communities.
'The purpose of collaboration is to build thriving connected learning communities.' – Maggie Farrar
Dedicated educational precincts will offer a network approach to schooling, where schools in a geographical location benefit from collective planning and sharing of staffing, facilities and other resources to sustainably deliver a more strategic and efficient approach to education that meets the unique needs of their community.
Work is underway to develop an educational precinct model that includes opportunities to support early years approaches within the school/precinct model.
The nature of the strategies used at trial sites will depend on the unique challenges schools in that community are responding to. Each educational precinct will develop responses through community co-design.
educational precincts conceptual model summary
Integrated school-based hubs
Integrated school-based hub models offer opportunities to be responsive to the future local needs of children, young people and their families.
The Queensland Government is already working collaboratively with The Bryan Foundation to deliver
FamilyLinQ, an integrated school-based hubs initiative. FamilyLinQ is the first of its kind in Queensland and will connect education, health and community services under one roof to improve the life outcomes for children and their families.
Kingston State School was selected as the state’s first FamilyLinQ site and was set to open during 2023. A second FamilyLinQ site will be established as part of a new primary school planned for Park Ridge. Building these 2 hubs represents investment of almost $19 million.
The Department of Education, in collaboration with other agencies and cross-sector partners, will deliver a suite of integrated school-based hub models.
The Partnership Initiative acknowledges there are a small number of Queensland schools that require higher levels of co-ordinated support and strengthened whole-of-government approaches to deliver effective local responses to community challenges and opportunities.
Schools participating in the Partnership Initiative will receive prioritised support and resourcing to focus on strengthening the relationships between the school, early childhood education and care, the community, different parts of the government, local businesses and any not-for-profit organisations delivering services to the local area.
The Partnership Initiative is committed to co-designing local responses with families and communities. Co-designing local action means that community benefits are understood, owned and, where possible, implemented by the community.
Partnership Initiative conceptual model summary