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Teacher:Student ratio in one-teacher schools

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Lynise Conaghan
PO Box 19
Marlborough Qld 4705

Total Signatures - 346

Sponsoring Member: Jim Pearce MP

Posting Date: 10/10/2007

Tabled Date: 10/10/2007

Responded By: Hon Rod Welford MP on 9/11/2007

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of residentsof the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House that the current formula that determines the allocation of teachers to one-teacher schools fails to provide equality of educational opportunity for students attending one-teacher schools in Queensland. With the introduction of Prep, students in the lower grades consume a lot more teacher time than those in the upper grades. For those schools with a heavy enrolment in the lower grades, the demand on teacher time is high. However, when the total enrolment determines whether an additional full-time teacher is appointed, the need for a second teacher in one-teacher schools is not identified. Your petitioners therefore request the House to implement an alternative staffing model to one- teacher schools in Queensland so that the teacher: student ratio reflects the demand of younger students on teacher time.