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Promoting retention

Productive and trusting relationships between teachers and students lead to more positive outcomes in students’ academic and social development. Students learn more effectively and are more engaged when they trust their teacher to be fair, respectful and supportive.

Inclusive education practice

Inclusive education creates schools that are supportive and engaging places that help students to learn in a safe, supportive, inclusive and disciplined learning environment. Such an approach better equips students to maintain peer relationships, uninterrupted study, transport arrangements, and a sense of inclusion and connectedness with their school.

FlexiSpaces: doing things differently
Safe, supported, connected environments
Successful transitions
Transition to Prep
Transition to high school

FlexiSpaces: Doing things differently to get students back on track

The Department of Education is working to build the capabilities of schools to engage and re-engage as many young people as possible. As part of this, the Department is implementing the FlexiSpace trial to embed an in-school flexible learning space, providing tailored and individual support for students to support them to remain in school. Mabel Park State High School and Glenmore State High School are the two schools participating in the trial. 

To see the FlexiSpace trial in action, you can watch the Mabel Park State High School and Glenmore State High School videos at the Youth Engagement YouTube channel.

Safe, supported, connected environments

Students engage more when teachers build positive, warm, encouraging relationships with them. Teachers create a supportive environment when they:

  • get to know their students and build their trust
  • encourage learning and minimise isolation, rejection, failure and pressure
  • listen to students and show interest both verbally and non-verbally
  • provide advice or referral to qualified staff
  • understand students’ cultural, social, economic backgrounds and their mental health, health, family circumstances, disability, language, academic achievement and learning needs
  • discover interests, strengths, weaknesses, needs, level of readiness, learning styles and preferences
  • create a learning environment where everyone feels included.

There are also several whole-school approaches that can help schools in dealing with classroom and behaviour management, recognition of difference and student wellbeing, and development of student autonomy.

More information

Every Day Counts

Research shows that higher student attendance is associated with higher student achievement. Every Day Counts is a statewide initiative designed to improve student attendance at school through giving schools, parents, caregivers and the community access to resources.

P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework

The P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework documents requirements for each Queensland school in delivering the curriculum from Prep to Year 12 to ensure all students can learn and achieve in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment. Supporting guides provide schools with additional information and advice to help them meet requirements for each subject or learning area.

Learning and wellbeing framework

The Learning and wellbeing fra​mework​ guides schools in developing a school-wide, positive learning culture that enhances student mental health and emotional and social wellbeing. The framework supports all Queensland schools to:

  • recognise the importance of wellbeing to the learning process
  • develop a rich school culture and positive ethos that creates a sense of belonging and self-responsibility
  • embed personal and social capabilities within the general curriculum
  • improve educational outcomes for all students.

Supporting student health and wellbeing policy

Learning and wellbeing are inextricably linked so this framework is designed to supports schools in embedding student wellbeing in all aspects of school life through connecting the learning environment, curriculum and pedagogy, policies, procedures and partnerships for learning and life.

Parent and community engagement framework

The Parent and Community Engagement Framework supports schools to strengthen their engagement with students, teachers, parents and carers, support staff, and community and business groups to maximise student learning outcomes. The framework’s main elements are:

  • communication
  • learning partnerships
  • community collaboration
  • decision-making
  • participation.

Inclusive education policy statement

Inclusive education ensures that schools are supportive and engaging places for all school community members. This approach builds communities that value, celebrate and respond to diversity. Inclusive education is underpinned by respectful relationships between learners and school community members and is supported by collaborative relationships with parents and communities through communication, learning partnerships, participation and consultative decision-making.

Autism Hub

The Autism Hub​ works with parents, educators, and stakeholders to ensure that support for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder is streamlined, coordinated, and responsive to individual needs. The Autism Hub is staffed by dedicated departmental officers who provide support and information to parents and educators.

Successful transitions

Positive transitions at each stage of education provide students with the social, emotional and cognitive skills they need to remain engaged and succeed. Parents, educators, communities and specialists can work together to ensure that such transitions are smooth, supportive and positive.

Transition to Prep

The transition to primary school is one of the biggest milestones in a child’s life. A positive experience will build a child’s confidence and encourage them to engage in education throughout their schooling years. The 'Supporting successful transitions: school decision-making tool' provides a framework to help schools identify ways to make sure they are ready to meet the needs of all children and families

More information

Transition to school framework​
Supporting successful transitions: school decision-making tool (PDF, 4.31MB)​
Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) Transition to school

Transition to High School

The transition from primary school to high school is an important step in a young person’s life. The high school environment is substantially different from a primary school environment and some young people may require a period of adjustment along with additional support. Schools, parents and peers can all play a role in supporting students to make a smooth transition to Year 7 and to thrive in a high school setting.

More information

Preparing your child for high school​​​​

Last updated
08 August 2018