9 July, 2021
New school homework centres start up for students
New free after school homework centres start in 120 Queensland state schools next term as the Queensland Government delivers an $8 million election commitment.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new centres would open up progressively during the term at schools from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast and west to Thargomindah.
“Homework is a very important part of every child’s education, but it can be a challenge for busy families at the end of the day.
“Our new free homework centres will provide a supportive, supervised environment for students to complete their homework before they go home for the day,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Children can build good study habits and families can spend quality time together without any pressure to supervise homework.”
“The dedicated homework centres will also assist parents who may need more flexible working arrangements as our economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Families can register their child in the program by contacting their school.”
Education Minister Grace Grace said the centres will operate for up to three hours per week, 30 weeks a year, during term time.
“Students will do their homework under the supervision of on-site teacher-aides," Ms Grace said.
“Each participating school will plan their homework centre sessions around the age and learning and development needs of the students attending. A healthy snack will also be provided to the students.
“These centres will give students the help they need, which their hard-working parents and carers may not have the time or expertise to provide at the end of the day,” Ms Grace said.
“These new centres will make a real difference in children’s education and the everyday lives of many Queensland families.“
For a list of participating schools visit www.qld.gov.au/homeworkcentres.