Gladstone schools benefit from funding boost

PREP students are winners this week, with a Queensland Government funding boost for teacher aides in public primary schools announced on Monday.

Premier Campbell Newman and Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek announced the third round of funding to deliver an extra 2250 Prep teacher aide hours each week to Queensland schools in 2015.

The funding will provide an extra 170.7 hours of Prep teacher aide time in the Gladstone region, Mr Langbroek told The Observer.

"For each of them it's at least another extra Prep teacher aide, and we know that's going to make a difference to the early years," he said.

Clinton State School and Kin Kora State School will receive the greatest boost.

Teacher aides are an integral part of the learning experience, and have always been top priority at Gladstone West State School, according to the school's acting principal Terry Rudder.

"We always prioritised Prep learning, but now the funds will be able to be shared more equitably across the school," he said.

Mr Rudder said most schools struggled to gain 20 hours a week of Prep teacher aide time, but Gladstone West had 25 in 2014.

The additional funding would not go to waste, he said, but would free up resources for other initiatives such as a current project to have wireless available across the whole school.

While the funding is valuable, Queensland Teachers' Union president Kevin Bates is concerned it will end in 2016.

"We certainly welcome the additional resources," he said.

"But for us it's a first step. There needs to be a lot more investment in that area.

"We want to see a full-time teacher aide in every Prep classroom."

Mr Bates urged the government to confirm the program would continue until this goal was reached.

Topics:  education gladstone john-paul langbroek teacher aide

Gladstone's best teacher revealed

CLASS FAVOURITE: Shelley Slade, head of special education services at Gladstone State High School, was named by Observer readers as Gladstone's favourite teacher. Pictured with students Kody Walsh, 13, and Phoebie Walker-Woodrow, 15.

The Observer put the call out for Gladstone's best teacher

Swipe at Labor over multi-million dollar local project delay

FLYING VISIT: Farmer Rob Lovegrove, Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry  visit Mr Lovegrove's farm near Rockhampton.

JOYCE'S passionate plea for approval of multi-million dollar project

Curtis Island workers could be axed in new job cuts

Santos has reported a US$1 billion loss for the first half of this year.

Santos has started a new round of job cuts across the company.

Local Partners

MacBook fires up: New "touchbar" will include emojis

COULD emojis help the MacBook again deliver a laptop revolution?

Angus T. Jones got miserable on Two and a Half Men

Child star's misery while shooting 'Two and a Half Men'

Bachelorette shock: "This isn't how it's supposed to go!"

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

Radio presenter's shocking joke about Dreamworld victims

Images from the scene after four people died on a ride at Dreamworld at the Gold Coast

Radio host taken off air after tactless Dreamworld joke

The Bachelorette fans rally around devastated Matty J

The Bachelorette runner-up Matty Johnson.

CALLS for reality dating show's runner-up to be the next Bachelor.

The Bachelorette finale: Georgia declares her love for Lee

Georgia Love with The Bachelorette winner Lee Elliott.

MATTY J left heartbroken in emotional grand final.

Investors eye new local estate with dirt cheap property

A new estate, Aquatic Vista, has opened at Agnes Water.

BUYERS to go crazy for an entire new estate put on the market.

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

OPINION: Banks fear Gladstone future: Councillor

REGIONAL Queensland deserves a helping hand on housing.

Bank reclaims Goondoon St complex plan, places on the market

Multi-million dollar development plan up for sale.

MULTI-MILLION dollar plan for Goondoon St complex on the market.

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Coles to pay new owner of Tannum servo $320K

UP FOR GRABS: Expressions of interest in Tannum's new service station, which will house the new Coles Express, closed this month.

INVESTORS bid for new Tannum service station under construction.