Centres for Learning and Wellbeing


Rural and remote Centres for Learning and Wellbeing have been established to provide valuable professional learning and capability development for teachers and school leaders at all stages of their careers. The centres also support the wellbeing of staff and assist in the facilitation of inter-agency support for students and their families.

Map of Queensland displaying Centre for Learning and Wellbeing locations

The centres are located in Mt Isa, Roma, Emerald and Atherton. Satellite centres ensure service delivery reaches the region's small rural schools, Indigenous communities and those schools in a range of remote locations.

Each centre provides the following key functions and services to schools within their catchment:

  • leadership capability development
  • mentoring and coaching for beginning teachers
  • coaching for mid and experienced teachers
  • resilience building for staff new to rural and remote settings
  • inter-agency wellbeing support for staff and students.

Capability development for aspiring rural and remote leaders

The Take the Lead program prepares high-performing state school candidates for leadership roles in rural and remote Queensland state schools. The targeted leadership capability development program provides participants the opportunity to develop their personal and professional capabilities on their journey to becoming effective school and system leaders in Queensland’s rural and remote state schools.

Participants can complete the program through 1 of 3 strands, with the Centres for Learning and Wellbeing facilitating the delivery of strands 2 and 3.

1. Take the Lead—Aspiring Small School Principals

This program is for experienced, high-performing educators who are committed to teaching and leading in rural and remote schools as teaching principals. Applicants must have a strong sense of community and demonstrate highly developed interpersonal and curriculum leadership skills.

2. Take the Lead—Aspiring Associate Leaders

This program is an intensive leadership capability opportunity to prepare high-performing teachers for middle leadership roles such as head of department, head of curriculum, head of special education services and deputy principal. Applicants must be committed to developing their curriculum, assessment and reporting skills in order to effectively lead teams to improve student outcomes in rural and remote state schools.

3. Take the Lead—Aspiring Band 7 to 9 Principals

This program is for school and system leaders with a demonstrated capacity to strategically lead school improvement and who strongly aspire to principal positions in band 7 to 9 state schools in rural and remote locations. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to effectively manage human, financial and physical resources to deliver high-quality organisational and education outcomes in large school settings.

For more information, including participant case studies, search Take the Lead on OnePortal (Department of Education staff only) or email


David’s story

Primary teacher, David, shares his experience as a beginning teacher heading to the remote outback community of Cunnamulla P-12 State School, within the Roma Centre for Learning and Wellbeing catchment. Hear about the support and professional development he received to kick start his career.

Hear more stories about rural and remote teaching on the Department of Education YouTube channel.


Related links

Contact the Centres for Learning and Wellbeing.

Discover the benefits of teaching in rural and remote state schools.

Find out about our education regions.

Find out where our schools are located through the Schools Directory or the Queensland map of state schools (PDF, 3.7MB).

Last updated 14 December 2020