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New school homework centres start up for students

Free after school homework centres start in 120 Queensland state school next term as the Queensland Government delivers an $8 million election commitment.

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,” Palaszczuk said.

“Our new free homework centres will provide a supportive, supervised environment for students to complete their homework before they go home for the day.”

The dedicated homework centres will also assist parents who may need more flexible working arrangements as our economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Palaszczuk Government is investing $8 million over four years to fund the 120 centres in state primary and secondary schools.

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,” 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.”

Grace added that the centres will give students the help they need, which their parents and carers may not have the time or expertise to provide at the end of the day.

“These new centres will make a real difference in children’s education and the everyday lives of many Queensland families,” she said.

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