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Sector issues and research

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) engages in dialogue, discussion and debate on a myriad of issues that affect or are likely to impact the independent schooling sector.

ISQ’s flagship research program Our Schools – Our Future, explores key issues and trends that influence and shape schooling, particularly independent schooling, in Queensland or that have the potential to disrupt it in the future. Regular reports are published as part of this program to promote and lead informed public policy debate on current and future opportunities and challenges.

Independent Schools Queensland also provides support to member schools, regarding national research. Currently, support is provided for the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).

At the national level, the Australian representative body for independent schools, the Independent Schools Council of Australia, issues Independent Updates to keep independent schools in touch with current issues dominating the national education agenda.

ISQ advocates on a broad range of matters. There are several key issues that require the organisation’s ongoing consideration and advocacy based on their potential impact and complexity. Currently, these are:

Upcoming Events

Re-engaging students in education

22 June 2018 - Young people who have disengaged from mainstream education now represent 1 in every 80 students enrolled at Queensland independent schools, contradicting a common public perception that the sector only caters for the privileged.

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Economic factors influencing the sector

19 June 2018 - This issue of Briefings looks at the economic factors influencing the health of the independent schooling sector and examines Cognitive Load Theory and the learning limits of students. 

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ISQ responds to Qld Budget

12 June 2018 - Independent Schools Queensland has welcomed the record allocation of $98.4m to support capital works in non-state schools in the 2018-19 Queensland Budget handed down today.

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