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Diversity is one of the key strengths of Queensland’s independent schooling sector. Independent schools offer parents a choice in the education of their children. They enable families to select schools that best serve their child’s needs.
Independent schools educate a diverse range of students, with more than 120,000 students enrolled across Queensland at independent schools. Independent schools provide a range of programs and services catering to student diversity, and are:
Giving students a head-start in their career
Queensland’s independent schools are giving their students a head-start in their career. An increasing number of schools are engaging students in vocational learning and vocational education and training (VET) certificates, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and skills that are the stepping stones for a range of post-school destinations including work, training and further education. Read more about VET in independent schools.
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Queensland’s independent schools are implementing a range of strategies to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to foster greater understanding and respect for Indigenous peoples and cultures. Find out how independent schools are supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes.
Re-engaging young Queenslanders in education
Students who have disengaged from mainstream schooling are returning to learning with the support of a growing network of specialist schools dedicated to helping young Queenslanders turn their lives around. Read about the work of independent Special Assistance Schools.
Supporting students with English as a second language or dialect
Becoming proficient in English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) can present challenges for some students as they are expected to learn in English, even if they are not yet competent in the English language. Independent schools provide additional support to ensure EAL/D students can participate in activities while they develop their English-speaking skills. Read about how independent schools are supporting students with English as a second language or dialect.
Supporting students with a disability
Queensland independent schools cater for a diverse range of students, including those with a disability. Schools implement programs and strategies, in consultation with parents, to enable all students to participate in school activities, access the curriculum and achieve learning outcomes. Find out how independent schools are supporting students with a disability.
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ISQ Big Ideas Summit
29 July 2019 - Queensland independent schools are showcasing how education is being disrupted and classroom practice transformed at a major curriculum innovation summit today.
ISQ Briefings - July 2019
23 July 2019 - Executive Director David Robertson looks at the intent and relevance of a declaration (such as the Melbourne Declaration) for schooling, while Director (Strategic Relations) Shari Armistead and Design & Creative Sarah Heath examine design thinking as a solution to the 'wicked problem' of school education.