Guarantee all students will meet national education standard

EVEN one-teacher schools in regional Queensland will get a minimum $5000 extra in a push to ensure every school reaches minimum national education standards.

While every school is expected to benefit from the $131 million extra funding from the Federal Government, it comes with a guarantee for all parents using the state education system.

Premier Campbell Newman said it was up to school principals and leadership teams to work out how they spent the money but parents must be assured their child would reach the minimum national standard or the school would put a plan in place to get them there.

Primary schools will get $99 million of the funding to spend on boosting literacy and numeracy standards at an early age which is expected to equate to about $508 a head.

High schools will get $30 million while special schools will share $2 million.

Schools could hire specialist educators to provide extra support for students, target professional development for teachers or buy extra learning tools such as specialised literacy or numeracy programs.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said he expected, with targeted outcomes, they would see results as soon as the money began to flow during first semester.

He said education research showed focusing on prep to year two students would ensure more people could contribute to the economy later in life because they had literacy and numeracy skills from the start.

Mr Newman said there was weighting process for allocating money to disadvantaged students, such as those in regional Queensland, but ultimately he hoped every student would improve.

"Let's reach these minimum national standards for literacy and numeracy and then I'm sure any parent and any educator would want them to take the kids on a journey to excellence," he said.

"It's about the real education outcomes, it's about the core things we need our kids to know and have totally on board before they leave the education system.

"In terms of regional Queensland we believe that the funding allocation is going to be a real boost to them.

"We take into consideration those challenges. Even the smaller schools in Queensland, the one-teacher schools, they get a minimum of $5000.

"We want to see the money right there at the coalface helping the teachers help our kids get better educational outcomes."

Queensland Teachers Union president Kevin Bates said he viewed this as the "Gonski" money if the State Government had agreed to sign up the Gillard Government's education plan.

He said this was a welcome down payment but rather than announcing one year's worth of funding, teachers and schools wanted long term investments.

"What we would like to see is the government continue with this good work and actually see that every student that arrives in a prep year today will see this money flow to their classrooms every year until they finish year 12," he said.

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