Deception Bay Selected for New Queensland Pathways State College Campus

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Did you know that a new Queensland Pathways State College campus will be opening in Deception Bay as part of a $288 million program to support at-risk students?

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The campus is part of an expansion of the Queensland Pathways State College (QPSC), which is being funded by the Queensland government. Along with Deception Bay, new QPSC campuses will open in Toowoomba, Mt Isa, Central Queensland, Logan, and Cairns in 2024.

The expansion will establish six additional campuses statewide to serve more students and help them achieve academic success. 

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QPSC campuses provide alternative learning programs for students in Years 10-12 who are disengaged from mainstream schooling. The goal is to help these students complete Year 12, transition back to regular schools or move on to further education and employment.

The $288 million package includes increased funding for engagement programs targeting Indigenous students and early intervention for those involved in the youth justice system. Around $45 million will create 50 new FlexiSpaces in high-needs schools to provide extra support for students with issues like mental health struggles or behavioural challenges.

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Intensive case management will be provided for students known to youth justice authorities, and 177 new frontline positions will be created, including 12 more Court Liaison Officers. A new curriculum aligned with national standards will also be developed for alternative learning programs.

According to Education Minister Grace Grace, schools are already offering various engagement programs, but it is clear that more needs to be done to address the increasingly complex issues students and families are facing. She said their comprehensive approach will focus on the highest-need communities and students to keep them engaged in learning and re-engage them faster when needed. 

“Keeping students connected to their school and classmates is the best way to prevent disengagement,” said Ms Grace.

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Students must meet eligibility criteria to enrol at QPSC campuses. The Deception Bay community can expect more details on the new campus location and programming as planning continues leading up to the 2024 opening.

Published 27-December-2023