Rural and Remote team
The Rural and remote team in the Queensland Department of Education has centred their work over the past four years on ensuring that every rural and remote student, regardless of their geographic location, has the opportunity to succeed. The team is led by a Director with 6 dedicated officers who support over 600 rural and remote state schools. They have placed these schools at the centre of their work.
Since the release of the Queensland rural and remote strategy in October 2018, the rural and remote team has advocated for rural and remote state schools and their communities and ensured they had a key focus in strategic planning and support.
The drive, determination and focus of the team has resulted in teachers and students benefiting from initiatives to enhance the professional learning and wellbeing of teachers through the establishment of Centres for Learning and Wellbeing, significant refurbishments to teacher housing, more urban teachers having the opportunity to experience living and working in rural and remote communities, scholarships focused on growing the rural and remote workforce and curriculum enhancement opportunities for students including the agricultural Harvest Ed program and arts education partnership with Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
Highly Commended 2022 Category: Community Centric Award