Luring more teachers out bush

LAKE MOONDARRA: Education minister Grace Grace is calling on students to enter a photography competition, aimed at enticing new teachers out of the city.
LAKE MOONDARRA: Education minister Grace Grace is calling on students to enter a photography competition, aimed at enticing new teachers out of the city.

Rural kids have been tasked with attracting new teachers out bush. 

Education minister Grace Grace is calling on students to enter a photography competition, aimed at enticing new teachers out of the city. 

“Regional, rural and remote communities in Queensland are great places to forge a teaching career,” Ms Grace said.

“And this competition gives students an opportunity to let teachers know what they are missing.

“Our talented student photographers can now capture what they love about their school and showcase the unique teaching and learning opportunities to be experienced in their communities,” she said. 

Each school is invited to submit up to four entries per category to an online portal by April 29 to vie for a range of prizes including photographic equipment and vouchers.

Students from Prep to Year 6 are invited to enter in classes or groups, while students Year 7 and above can enter individually.

Ms Grace said the Teach Queensland Style campaign was designed to attract more beginning and experienced teachers to explore Queensland, build new friendships and strengthen their career prospects.

“Many schools in regional, rural and remote communities have welcomed both newly-qualified and experienced teachers from other parts of the state, interstate and overseas to begin or advance their teaching careers this year,” Ms Grace said.

The government offers a range of  financial benefits to lure more teachers to for rural schools, including subsidised housing, flight allowances, relocation expenses and additional leave entitlements.

“There are also specialised induction programs and greater opportunities for teachers to secure permanent employment or to step up into school leadership positions,” Ms Grace said. 

The Teach Queensland Style campaign features short promotional films which offer a glimpse of the unique experience of teaching in a regional, rural or remote state school.

For more information visit www.teach.qld.gov.au/teach-qld-style