Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Mike Byrne has welcomed today’s release of the Queensland Government’s Draft Education Accord saying it was ‘on track to deliver a solid foundation for education policy into the future’.
“The five key priority areas identified in the draft document resonate strongly with the values and priorities of the Catholic education system,” Mr Byrne said.
“Focusing on the needs of each learner; ensuring all children have access to a quality education regardless of their circumstances; attracting, retaining and developing quality teachers; and strengthening parent and community partnerships, are all high priorities for Catholic schools.
“The challenge of delivering high quality school infrastructure for our growing population is another critical area requiring close consideration.
“The QCEC will develop a response to the draft Accord document and I encourage members of the Catholic education community to also participate in the consultation process.
“I commend the State Government for undertaking this Accord development process and for providing a ‘whole of state’ opportunity to bring together ideas to help shape future directions in education,” Mike Byrne said.
Catholic schools strive to provide a high quality, faith-based and affordable education option for Queensland families.
This year more than 143,000, or almost 1 in 5 Queensland students, are educated in 296 Catholic schools that employ 17,500 teachers and staff.