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New school homework centres start up for students

Two local schools will feature new homework centres next term to help students complete their homework.

Burnett Heads and Elliott Heads State Schools are two of 120 schools across Queensland offering homework centres from next term.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new centres were part of an $8 million funding commitment and 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,” she 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.

“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.”

The State 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 would 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.”

Families can register their child in the program by contacting their school.