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Plan to lure better teachers into our schools

LABOR has announceed a plan to attract highly skilled professionals to a second career in teaching.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday announced that a government she would lead would attract the "best and brightest" to schools across Queensland.

This paper, as part of the Fair Go For Our Kids campaign, revealed children in regional areas were less likely to obtain a Year 12 education than those in the city. Education experts called for experienced Queensland professionals to be brought into the teaching profession.

Labor's policy comes after the LNP announced it would test how new teachers' were able help students on literacy and numeracy before allowing them to work.


Ms Palaszczuk said Labor's $107 million program was designed to get better outcomes for students.

"To have the best future for Queensland children, we need to have the best schools with the best teachers," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"We want to ensure Queensland students have access to the best learning so they can find jobs, participate fully in a growing economy and go on to further jobs and training and education."

Labor's five point plan is:

* Increasing the number of Queenslanders attracted to teaching through transition programs, career ambassadors, tradies and education support staff;

* Increasing the number of graduate and experience teachers seeking employment in state schools through teaching centres of excellence;

* Reviewing incentives to help state schools recruit the best teachers;

* Providing greater support for specialist teachers;

* And help teachers stay in the classroom.

Labor's plan to attract teachers through transition programs is something education experts have called for as part of our Fair Go For Our Kids campaign.

James Cook University head of maths Shaun Belward said people from professions like engineering could be high-quality teachers.

"There's people who for whatever reason are dissatisfied in their current careers, and if you can show them teaching is a viable option, the second way into teaching is doing a post-graduate degree," he said.

"In recent years we've actually had quite a few engineers because of the downturn in the resources sector. You can exploit that market a bit more, get those people into maths and science to think about a change."

Education Minister Kate Jones said Labor was determined to employ science, technology, engineering and maths teachers across regional Queensland.

"Since we were elected, we have employed 3450 new teachers and 1000 additional teacher aides," she said.

"We're driving STEM outcomes through the employment of specialists in each region to support every school." - NewsRegional