The department welcomes the opportunity to foster partnerships between Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers and Queensland state schools, enabling them to pilot innovative and mutually beneficial initiatives with a focus on professional experience placements and school-based experiences for preservice teachers in 2024.
The new Professional Experience Innovation (PEI) Grants will provide partnerships with access to funding of up to $50,000 to support the co-design and delivery of new and enhanced initiatives, resources and activities to support the preparation and retention of beginning teachers for state schools across Queensland.
The PEI Grants have been designed to support ITE providers and their partnering Queensland state schools to pilot new programs or enhance existing initiatives, with a focus on ensuring graduates are job-ready for Queensland state schools.
ITE providers with a current Professional Experience Partnership Agreement (PEPA) with the department and their partner Queensland state school(s) are eligible to submit a grant application based on the following eligibility requirements:
- a new or existing partnership between an ITE provider and 1 or more Queensland state schools that provides professional experience opportunities for preservice teachers
- structured program or initiative focused on providing preservice teachers with support and opportunities to gain experience in Queensland state school settings, that is in addition to or complementary to the requirements of their professional experience placements
- program/initiative to be implemented in the 2024 school year
- program/initiative is not currently funded through other departmental mechanisms.
All applications must be submitted through the online application process by either the ITE provider or the partnering state school.
PEI Grant fact sheet and frequently asked questions (FAQs) provide information about the application and selection process, eligibility requirements and grant conditions, and identify the detailed information required for the application. It’s recommended that you read this document before commencing your application.
Please note that applications must be received by 4pm on 1 March 2024 to be considered for funding this year.
If you have any questions about the PEI Grant, the application or selection process, please contact Rachel Crooks, Principal Project Officer, Attraction and Engagement via email