Since the launch of the Advancing rural and remote education in Queensland state schools (ARREQSS) action plan in October 2018, we have made strong progress towards ensuring that all students, regardless of where they live in Queensland, have access to high quality learning opportunities within their local communities and beyond.
We have established 4 rural and remote Centres for Learning and Wellbeing in Atherton, Mount Isa, Emerald and Roma, providing over 92,000 hours of professional learning to over 19,500 staff.
Over 550 residences have been refurbished and internet enabled so that our rural and remote teachers have a comfortable and secure place to live and work in their community.
Home tutors and parents of our Schools of Distance Education students have been able to build their capability in supporting their child’s reading.
We have been able to grow our rural and remote workforce through a range of scholarships and let urban teachers experience living and working in rural and remote communities through our Teacher Experience program.
We need to keep being innovative, learning from what we have done and working together so that we achieve our goal of ensuring equity in education for all students in a globally connected world.
Below are some ideas from our
discussion guide that we are using to stimulate conversations with our stakeholders.
Every student succeeding
- Expand our focus on lifting reading outcomes in the early years to include writing.
- Explore opportunities for the use of virtual learning for curriculum delivery.
- Provide opportunities for gifted, high achieving and like-minded rural and remote students to engage in learning in areas of common interest such as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and agriculture.
- Identify ways to broaden global competence in rural and remote students.
- Work with Indigenous communities, organisations and partners to support the coordination of wellbeing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families.
- Offer scholarships to grow the rural and remote allied health workforce.
Valuing our people
- Continue providing enhanced professional learning and wellbeing support to staff, students and families through the 4 Centres for Learning and Wellbeing.
- Extend the Housing Improvement program to include external upgrades with a focus on security.
- Undertake a scan of housing in remote locations where there are identified shortages to develop a plan of action.
- Expand the Take the Lead program for aspiring rural and remote leaders.
- Strengthen the cultural capability of staff moving to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to improve their knowledge of the rural and remote context.
- Implement a travelling teachers program to utilise the expertise of recently retired teachers.
Building positive partnerships
- Trial partnerships between rural and remote schools and metropolitan or regional schools to support teaching and learning.
- Develop a partnership with the arts community to strengthen arts learning.
- Explore the establishment of ‘in-community’ programs with other education and training providers such as universities.
- Encourage school and community partnerships to foster successful transitions for rural and remote school leavers into local employment or further education and training.
- Continue the Rural and Remote Stakeholder Reference Group and engagement with key stakeholders such as the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association.
If you would like to provide feedback on these ideas or have any other comments to make about the future of rural and remote education in Queensland state schools, please email