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​​​​​​​​​​​​Create a​​ lasting IMPACT


The IMPACT Centre helps you to create a lasting IMPACT.

​In partnership with education leaders, teachers, students and industry partners, our mission is to inspire minds, connect communities and transform education.​​​

Future-ready

The IMPACT Centre supports you to develop future-ready students, educators and schools.

We help you build skills and capabilities that are important now and into the future such as:​

  • critical and creative thinking
  • entrepreneurial thinking
  • digital capability
  • STEM innovation
  • advanced pedagogy
  • literacy and numeracy (including media literacy).​

Why IMPACT?

​​Education is about the impact we have on our students, colleagues and community—now and into the long-term.

In addition, all of our work is underpinned by the IMPACT Pedagogical Model.

This user-friendly, research-based model empowers schools to develop a clear pedagogical vision. Its succinct yet holistic common language provides teachers and students with clarity about what the school values when it comes to teaching and learning.​​

Teacher supply and capability

The IMPACT Centre’s innovative delivery methods help to solve two of the education industry’s most vexing issues—teacher supply and capability.

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Our specialist online teachers and professional network leaders and industry partners log in to schools across Queensland and the world to work directly with your students and staff.

Your school augments your on-site staff with online staff.​​​ In the process, you are creating an expert teaching team for the 21st century.

We also support schools to capitalise on their recent need to deliver remotely and build on the skills and capalibities developed. We offer training in remote, hybrid and other modes of digital delivery.​

For example, specialist teachers at 'Milpera Live' and the 'IMPACT Hub' at Helensvale State High School have taken part in expert training in online delivery with the IMPACT Centre. These teachers now deliver beyond one site, increasing the status and reputation of their school, and providing students at other schools with access to their teaching expertise via online platforms.

The teachers report that online delivery has led to improvements in their teaching, learning and digital capability, resulting in better experiences for students at their own school and partner schools

Partnerships

Your school can partner with the IMPACT Centre and connect to our vast network of school, university and industry partners.

  • More than 200 schools across Queensland are partnering with the IMPACT Centre in 2022.
  • Schools worldwide are calling on our expertise in high priority areas such as critical thinking, STEM and digital modes of delivery.​​​​

View our global community

We provide a platform for our partners to scale up their success. Your school can access successful initiatives and the people behind them, and adapt it for your school context.​​​

We are the University of Queensland's largest community partner through online and on-campus experiences for students and educators.​

We have established local industry and research partnerships with the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project, UQ Ventures, Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies, Sentis Education and the InQueensland news service.

We have developed international partnerships with UCLA, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, and other interested parties in Singapore, Belgium and Germany.

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Evidence base

Our critical thinking, literacy and numeracy programs have increased relative gains and resulted in more students reaching the Upper 2 Bands in NAPLAN since 2012.

NAPLAN is the standardised national assessment program for literacy and numeracy in Australia. We collaborate with the Queensland Department of Education's Strategy and Performance Team to assess the impact of our programs on NAPLAN results.

Action research projects within schools have demonstrated increased student engagement and achievement, and improved teacher and leader capability.

We receive regular anecdotal reports from schools about improved A–E achievement, student attendance and teacher capability. Qualitative data also demonstrates improved student confidence, teacher job satisfaction and transfer of the skills developed to general life.

Awards

The IMPACT Centre was awarded the Peter Doherty STEM Education Partnership Award in 2018.

Business model

The IMPACT Centre is a unit of the Queensland Government's Department of Education. We operate on a fee-for-service, cost-recovery model.

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When compared with national and international online learning initiatives for school-aged students, this is one of the most innovative, well-conceptualised initiatives in the world.

School of Education and Professional Studies, 2016

The IMPACT Centre has developed a pedagogical approach that takes training in critical thinking for school students to a new level of rigour.
Students learn to explicitly articulate complex concepts associated with deductive and inductive forms of reasoning at a surprisingly young age and to transfer those skills across the curriculum.

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, 2017

Last updated 01 April 2022