The state government’s reform agenda includes a funding boost to reward teachers who get great results

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek and I recently unveiled a ground-breaking plan to improve teacher quality and give young Queenslanders the best possible start in life. The Great Teachers = Great Results action plan will build on the strength of Queensland’s existing school funding model and extend the government’s reform agenda to focus on the most important part of our education system – our teachers. It will invest $535million of additional funding in Queensland’s schools over the first four years commencing in 2015. It is a responsibly costed initiative that recognises Queensland’s diversity and will unlock our state’s full potential.

International research shows that student outcomes are closely linked to the quality of teaching in the classroom. A teacher in the top 10 per cent will teach in six months what a teacher in the bottom 10 per cent will teach in a year. The Great Teachers = Great Results initiative will reward our high performing teachers with accelerated career pathways and will focus on two crucial areas; professional excellence in teaching and boosting school autonomy.

This is about concentrating funding on policies backed with research and challenging the notion that higher funding in itself guarantees success.

Sports funding boost
Last week, Sport and Recreation Minister Steve Dickson and I were very pleased to announce a massive boost to a successful sports initiative. Funding to the LNP’s flagship Get in the Game grassroots sports initiative was tripled from $16million over three years to $47.8million over the same period, demonstrating my government’s commitment to grassroots sporting clubs across Queensland.
Get in the Game will now provide help to thousands more Queensland families by reducing the costs of club registrations and funding better equipment and infrastructure.

Through better planning processes and financial management, we’re ensuring Queensland children have the chance to participate in sport by providing funding directly to community clubs.

When this program was first announced it was estimated that over the life of the scheme it would provide around 40,000 grants of up to $150 for kids to join clubs, 200 grants of $10,000 for clubs to purchase equipment, and 80 grants of $100,000 for clubs to renew facilities. One of the greatest things about the program was that more than 20 per cent of vouchers were issued to children who had never been members of a sporting club before.

It’s great to know we’re not only fulfilling our election promise to relieve living costs for Queenslanders doing it tough, but also building on it.

Congratulations Adam Scott
Queenslanders across the state were glued to their television screens last week, to watch sporting history unfold. It’s a great honour to send the congratulations of Queensland to golfer Adam Scott after his historic win at the US Masters at Augusta, Georgia – in the process becoming the first Australian to win the world’s most coveted tournament.

I’d also like to acknowledge the great golf played by another Queenslander, Jason Day, who finished in a tie for third place. To have two Queenslanders in the top three positions at the world’s most prestigious golf tournament is quite unbelievable. On behalf of all Queenslanders, I would like to congratulate these two great golfers.