Bush teachers supported with learning hub
A ROMA-based support centre for teachers in the southwest is up and running, and was officially opened by the Education Minister and visiting dignitaries on Wednesday.
The Centre for Learning and Wellbeing is a hub for training and assistance, and looks after 35 schools from Eromanga to Kingaroy, and everywhere in between.
"The centre is part of our regional and remote strategy, so we can provide teachers, parents, students, and principals, with the support, well-being and learning they need, so they can get a world class education,” Education Minister Grace Grace said.
"There are four of these centres open at the moment: Mt Isa, Emerald, Atherton, and now Roma.
"In total it is a $31 million investment so that we can service the regional and remote areas.”
The idea behind the CLAW across Queensland is to ensure rural teachers have the same resources and additional training as those in urban areas.
"It is about not only supporting teachers when they are out in a regional or remote area, where it might be their first appointment, or even the first time they have come out to teach regionally,” Ms Grace said.
"It is to give those teachers the skills and support they need to deliver the best education to the students.
"This centre is to ensure the teachers can provide their students with a world-class education.”
The well-being component of the CLAW is a key point of difference in the centre, and its role in bettering state education.
"Well-being is the ability to engage successfully in society,” Roma CLAW principal Dale Magner said.
"For teaching staff, students and families to pro-actively engage in what we do as educators is the well-being component here.”
In addition to providing services from the Roma hub, CLAW staff spend much of their time on the road, paying visits their 35 schools.
"Since January, we have travelled 30,000km to some of our most far-reaching schools,” Mr Magner said.
"It is a face-to-face and place-based service, so we have the training rooms here at the centre, but every school is also a training ground for our team and school communities.”