Recognises initiatives that demonstrate positive outcomes and measurable improvement for students and staff in rural or remote schools, through one or more of the following focus areas:
- identifying and removing barriers to achievement, particularly those associated with geographic isolation
- developing high quality teaching that responds to the complexities of curriculum delivery in rural and remote locations
- effectively using digital or virtual learning platforms to support learning
- increasing learning opportunities through fostering positive partnerships with students, families and their communities.
Examples of initiatives which may meet the criteria for a Showcase Award for Excellence in Rural and Remote Education include those that improve curriculum delivery and learning outcomes through the use of digital technologies, close the gap in outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, provide extension and enrichment opportunities, attract and mentor pre-service and beginning teachers, demonstrate improved transitions between phases of school (e.g. Kindergarten to primary), or support the delivery of VET in Schools programs.
Queensland state schools, Schools of Distance Education (SDEs) and Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres (OEECs) zoned as Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia are eligible for this award. State schools and OEECs zoned as Outer Regional Australia are also eligible to apply if they are located more than 75km from a major centre (20,000 people or more). Special consideration is applied for schools located 70–75km from major centres. All SDEs in Outer Regional Australia are eligible to apply. Please note that the eligibility zoning for this category has changed since last year. Schools should check if they are eligible to submit either by searching for the school name in the
Department of Education Schools Directory, select the ‘More details’ button on the school listing, click the ‘Zone and districts’ tab, and check the ‘Remoteness area’ classification under ‘Zone details’.