The Department of Education will review Mackay Northern Beaches State High School as part of its sweeping four-yearly review process of every Queensland public school. Picture: Contributed.
The Department of Education will review Mackay Northern Beaches State High School as part of its sweeping four-yearly review process of every Queensland public school. Picture: Contributed.

The 7 Mackay Isaac region schools set to come under scrutiny

Seven Mackay and Isaac region schools will come under scrutiny this year with a focus on NAPLAN results, teacher performance and attendance rates.

The Department of Education will extensively review Dysart, Emerald North, Mirani, Marian, Pinnacle and Tieri State Schools as well as Mackay Northern Beaches State High School.

They join more than 350, or about a quarter of Queensland public schools, scheduled for their four-yearly review in 2021 from the Education Improvement Branch — comprised of many former and current school principals.

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Along with an intensive analysis of the school’s performance data including NAPLAN results, attendance rates and A-E grading, reviewers will solicit feedback from students, staff, parents and members of the school community.

School culture, teaching approaches, use of resources, community partnerships and professional development will also be intensely reviewed.

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Queensland Teachers’ Union president Cresta Richardson said the union backed the review process as it currently stood, and said the reviews were helpful in identifying areas where schools could do better.

“School reviews can really highlight the great things schools are doing,” Ms Richardson said.

“Like any organisation, we also need to be able to identify areas of improvement.”

Though more than 300 schools underwent reviews last year, 58 schools had theirs postponed until 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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