Homework centres to help students get ahead

October 18, 2020

A returned Palaszczuk Government will establish after-school homework centres at 120 state schools in an effort to boost student engagement.

$8 million will be invested to have three teacher-aides onsite in each location providing supervision for homework activities to students enrolled at the school. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new homework centres would ease the burden on students and parents alike.

“These centres will provide a supervised and supportive setting away from home to complete homework tasks,” the Premier said.

“They will support good study habits and provide additional learning time for students with their peers.

“Importantly it also provides a viable option for working parents, allowing them to spend more quality time with their children.

“These centres will alleviate the pressure on parents who need to supervise their children completing homework.”

Education Minister Grace Grace said the COVID-19 pandemic had provided lessons for schools and parents about the best way of delivering the curriculum in Queensland.

“The Premier’s strong stand on the borders and successful health response has made it possible to begin implementing Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, including this investment in supporting our children,” Ms Grace said.

“Today’s commitment gives back to the community after parents’ unique experience of students learning from home during term two.”

“These centres will provide the help students need that their hard-working parents may not have the time or skills to give.

“They will also assist parents who may need more flexible working arrangements during these uncertain times.”

Ms Grace said the Palaszczuk Government had a long history of investing in education in Queensland.

“We are providing the new infrastructure, new teachers and new programs to ensure Queensland students can continue getting a world class education.

“When Deb Frecklington was Campbell Newman’s Assistant Minister, the LNP sold schools, sacked teachers and teacher aides and cut funding to vital education programs.

“Queensland students cannot afford another four years of LNP cuts to our schools.”

Ms Grace said Deb Frecklington posed a significant threat to the Queensland economy and could not be trusted with schools funding.

“The LNP’s plan to get to a surplus in the middle of a global recession caused by a global pandemic can only be achieved with devastating cuts costing thousands of jobs,” she said.

“Now is not the time to risk the LNP’s cuts.”