Funding Boost Supports Distance Ed Kids

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A $1.5 million government investment into home tutors to help Distance Ed. students read will push forward “The Partners in Learning program”…That’s the aim of the funding announced today.

Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association state president Kim Hughes has welcomed the announcement from Education Minister Jones today and says the program will be invaluable.

“The program will help tutors to build their knowledge and understanding of how to improve the reading of students enrolled in distance education. It recognizes the vital role that home tutors play in helping to deliver the curriculum and ensuring students are reaching their full potential.”

Minister Kate Jones says it’s important to ensure that all students had access to the best possible quality of education, regardless where they lived.

“The Partners in Learning program will help us make sure Queensland kids who live in remote parts of the state have the same access to quality education as everyone else.”

“The program was developed following extensive consultation with rural and remote families and education providers in 2017.”

It is part of the government’s strategy to improve rural and remote education in Queensland state schools.

The $1.475 million trial will begin in 2018 and run for four years and focuses on reading in the early years.

It will be delivered as a residential program of up to four days with participants from six Queensland Schools of Distance Education – Cairns, Capricornia, Charleville, Charters Towers, Longreach and Mount Isa School of the Air.

The Schools of Distance Education will partner with the department’s Reading Centre to ensure the program suits the individual needs of the home tutors involved and the children they work with.

Follow-up assistance will be given to home tutors to help children with any extra needs.