As the drought in Queensland gets worse, parents involved with the Isolated Children's Parents' Association are lobbying the government for more help with the living away from home allowance.
This year the Westmar-Inglestone branch of the ICPA is hosting 200 people from across Queensland in Toowoomba.
Queensland's vice-president Kim Hughes says one of the major issues to be raised are regarding the introduction of the Australian curriculum, in particular the Curriculum to Classroom (C2C) resource which distance education schools are using.
"Making them adequate to be taught by an inexperienced or a non-teacher trained home tutor."
Other issues surround special needs, the government has brought in the more support for students with disabilities initiative.
"Which we certainly applaud and they are recognising dyslexia as a learning disability as well and there's a lot of professional development under that initiative and we really need to ensure that the professional development that's available from the department is filtering down to the small schools,"
For families who are geographically isolated a lot of the time boarding school is the only option.
The ICPA has been lobbying for an increase in the living away from home allowance to heap with costs.
"At the moment we've been advised by the minister that that is with Treasury so what we're hoping for is a one off increase that will cover some of the backlog and make it a more realistic payment."
"And coupled with the drought it would be very timely to have that increase."
Parents from across Queensland have travelled to Toowoomba to attend the conference.
Natalie Stack from Glenmorgan last year took part in a pilot program for E Kindy - an online kindergarten program that's designed for children who live in rural and remote regions.
"We thought it would help prepare her for school."
"Nelly loved the idea of being on the computers, the activities and spending time together, her and I, and it was just a lovely way to get her ready for her prep year in little ways such as counting in fun ways."
Latest Health & Science Articles