Natesha Edwards, Jack Martin and Tessa Whitehorn from Kia Ora State School.
Natesha Edwards, Jack Martin and Tessa Whitehorn from Kia Ora State School. Renee Pilcher

Gympie school fine with audits

WHETHER the recently publicised State Government school audits make for realistic comparisons is a question being hotly debated, but it seems Gympie district schools have generally fared well.

And not all teachers agree with the general feeling of betrayal expressed by their union.

Kia Ora State School principal Rita Ellen said that while there was an element of self-assessment, the system was a useful tool which could be used by Education Queensland to guide future improvements.

"It's non-competitive, but the eight criteria do help the department examine various aspects of education, including the delivery of curriculum.

"The aim is to improve outcomes for students.

"It is a good tool and it builds team support," she said.

"We have two teachers, teacher aids and volunteers all involved.

"There is a lot of community support.

"We go through it all together.

"It's not meant as a competition with other schools at all.

"It's to help schools to form teams and achieve results.

"I'm sure a lot of organisations have similar assessment tools that they use."

Kia Ora is rated as one of the state's "most improved schools".

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