Release type: Joint Media Release

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Tasmania schools to benefit from National Plan for School Improvement

Ministers:

The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for School Education
Minister for Early Childhood and Youth
Senator Carol Brown
Minister for Community Services, Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for the Status of Women

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett today visited Tasmanian schools with federal Labor colleagues Minister Julie Collins and Senator Carol Brown to speak with principals, teachers and parents about the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement.

“The Gillard Government has a plan that will benefit every school and every student in Tasmania,” Mr Garrett said.

“Under our plan, funding for every school will rise every year, and the extra money will be spent on things we know will help improve results – like investing in great teachers, focusing on school improvement, and giving more power to local principals.

“We want Australia to be in the top five countries in the world in school performance by 2025.

“The Gillard Government is prepared to invest substantial amounts of money over time to make this a reality, but we’re also asking state governments, including Tasmania, to pay their fair share.”

Mr Garrett and Ms Collins attended the end of year award ceremony for Cambridge Primary School in Mornington.

“Today’s event was a great opportunity to recognise all the hard work the students have put in this year but we also took the time to discuss details of our school reform plan with the local community,” Ms Collins said.

“We were able to answer questions and hear about the strategies and programs that have been making a difference for students in schools across the area.”

Mr Garrett also visited Moonah Primary School with Tasmanian Senator Carol Brown to view new school improvements funded under the Building the Education Revolution program.

“Moonah Primary received more than $2 million for a new library, gym and outdoor covered learning area,” Ms Brown said.

“The school is also participating in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program and while we met with teachers, parents and students, we were able to enjoy afternoon tea with refreshments provided from the school’s own garden.

“This type of innovative, hands on learning is an integral part of giving students a well rounded education.”

Schools in the Franklin and Denison electorates have already benefited from the Gillard Government’s record investment in school education.

“We have delivered 205 new projects in local schools, including 51 new classrooms, 30 libraries, 33 multi-purpose halls and nine science or language centres,” Mr Garrett said.

“More than 9120 new computers are now in place in local high schools, 38 schools have received extra funding under our Smarter Schools National Partnerships, and 15 local schools are benefiting from new Trade Training Centres providing industry-standard training within the school setting.”

Mr Garrett said the National Plan for School Improvement is about ensuring every child has access to a great education, no matter where they live or how much money their parents earn.

“Today we’ve seen first-hand the positive actions that come from appropriate funding for schools.

“But for our plan to be implemented we need the Tasmanian Government to get on board and play their part, including investing their fair share of extra funding,” he said.