Student literacy and numeracy gets a boost in Currumbin

7 Apr 2014 10:25 AMJann Stuckey

4 April 2014

The literacy and numeracy of school students in Currumbin will receive a boost following the implementation of a targeted education plan.

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP said plans submitted by state schools to implement the Great Results Guarantee initiative were now approved and had been published on state school websites.

“The Great Results Guarantee has enabled our schools to make a decision on what will best meet their literacy and numeracy requirements, and implement that change on a local level with input from the local community, teachers and students,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Eight schools in Currumbin will share in $1.1 million in funding, in a demonstration of the LNP Government’s commitment to the future of our children.

“Local schools are using this additional funding in a variety of ways, tailored to best meet the learning needs of their students.

“Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School will put over $200,000 to good use through professional development and additional support for specific student groups.

“Elanora State High School will use over $80,000 in funding to work towards improving the reading and numeracy levels of year 9 students, through a range of measures including extension programs.

Minister for Education Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said it was important to invest in our younger generation.

“Improved literacy and numeracy are essential to taking Queenslanders from kindergarten to meaningful employment. These skills enable them to develop their full potential and participate fully in our society and our growing economy,” Mr Langbroek said.

“There is a high degree of accountability built into the program as every school principal had to sign off on how they would use the new funding to maximise student literacy and numeracy outcomes.

“It’s exciting to see the plan in place, and I look forward to seeing some fantastic outcomes in literacy and numeracy for our students.

“This is about investing in our future, our children, and ensuring that Queensland remains a great state with great opportunity for generations to come.”

The Great Results Guarantee initiative, announced in January, allocated $131 million this year to Queensland’s more than 1230 state schools to boost student literacy and numeracy skills, with a focus on students’ early years.

Schools were required to enter into an agreement that every student would either achieve the National Minimum Standard for literacy and numeracy for their year level or have an evidence-based plan, developed by the school, in place to address their specific learning needs.