Position Papers

QASSP's advocacy document "Reimagining Education in Queensland's State Primary Schools" and its supporting white paper, explores how we might create a new story of schooling. The Association also produces position papers on topics of key importance.

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Early Years

This position paper outlines strategies considered essential to provide high quality educational services in the critical early years of formal learning. It has implications for policy, programming, pedagogy, recurrent funding and human resources.


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Head of Department – Curriculum

The most effective way to increase student achievement is to increase the effectiveness of classroom teaching practices. This position paper establishes why Queensland state primary school children would be better prepared for the later years of schooling if their teachers were supported to grow, refine and expand their skills by experienced and able Heads of Department – Curriculum.


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Information and Communication Technologies

Technology and digital devices are tools that can support and enhance relevant and authentic learning. This position paper argues that information and communication technologies must be seamless and quality assured before being embedded within our schools.

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Investigations

The Integrity and Employee Relations unit of the Department of Education receives and assesses complaints relating to allegations of inappropriate or unacceptable conduct by employees and determines their response to this alleged conduct. This position paper recommends reform in three areas of the process.

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Learning Area Provision

Current Department of Education policy considers existing teaching and learning spaces in primary schools as General Learning Areas suitable to accommodate enrolment growth. This position paper establishes that, with an ever-increasing range of new and specialised learning areas, primary schools need the flexibility to purpose learning spaces more broadly.

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National Student Assessment Programs

Routinely acquiring evidence of the performance of students is important. This position paper establishes why governments and their education officials must exercise caution however when commenting on the results of national and international sample testing programs.

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School Leader Wellbeing

This position paper has been developed in response to increasingly widespread concerns that the high levels of complexity and workload demands of school leadership roles are impacting significantly on the health and wellbeing of Australian school leaders, with a flow on effect to staff and students.

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Year 1 Assessment Screening

The Commonwealth Government has proposed that state and territory jurisdictions should introduce “assessment screening” for Year 1 students. This position paper outlines how school leaders view the proposal.

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Reimagining Education in Queensland's State Primary Schools

If we are to equip our students with the skills and mindsets to thrive in increasingly complex global workplaces, we must recognise the limitations of our current story of schooling. How we might create a new paradigm to replace an industrial-age model of education?