Education Accord Can Lay Solid Foundations For The Future

24/09/2014

Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Mike Byrne has welcomed the opportunity to participate in the Queensland Government’s Education Accord summit tomorrow, saying he hopes the process will provide a solid foundation for future directions in education policy.

“Catholic education is committed to a process of continuous improvement,” he said.

“I commend the State Government for identifying education as a key foundation area of its planning and for providing this ‘whole of state’ opportunity to bring together ideas to help shape future priorities and directions.”

Mr Byrne said the seven key focus questions of the Accord process resonate strongly with the values and priorities of the Catholic education system.

“Ensuring all children have access to a quality education regardless of their circumstances, attracting, retaining and developing quality teachers, teaching skills for the 21st century, along with strong parent and community partnerships, are all high priorities for Catholic schools.

“We will be looking to this Accord to help lay the foundations for future policy and investment that will help us better deliver on these and other priorities for students in Catholic schools,” Mr Byrne said.

Mr Byrne said he would join a number of Catholic school principals, teachers and parents from electorates around the state participating in Thursday’s culminating summit at The Gap State High School.

“There are few greater responsibilities than ensuring that the next generation of young Queenslanders has the best possible educational opportunities.

“I look forward to participating in the summit program and the development of this Education Accord,” Mr 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.

Click here to read the QCEC response to the Accord.