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$719 million injection into NSW schools

Joint Media Release with The Hon Nathan Rees MP, Premier of New South Wales

Fresh partnership between the NSW and Federal Governments will see an additional $719 million injected into the State’s education system.

Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard joined NSW Premier Nathan Rees to meet teachers at Rydalmere East Public School on their first day back at school and announce that the NSW Government has signed up to three National Education Partnerships.

The Partnerships focus on high priority areas for reform in the education system:

  • Teacher Quality – providing an additional $53 million for additional teacher development with a further $89 million to reward successful reform;
  • Literacy and Numeracy -- $139 million to improve programs that identify early those children having difficulty in this area and tailoring lessons to their individual needs; and
  • Low Socio-Economic Status Communities -- $438 million to radically reform schooling for the State’s most disadvantaged communities.

Ms Gillard said the new National Education Agreement will deliver long term benefits for our nation through improved attendance and engagement in school, better literacy and numeracy performance and high quality teachers in our classrooms.

The agreement will also lead to a new era of transparency, with Australia building a world class school performance measurement and reporting system, tailored to the needs of the Australian community and drawing on the experience of other countries.

The Deputy Prime Minister also highlighted that Rydalmere East Public School would benefit from a new commitment to increase Commonwealth funding for government primary schools by $100 per student.

Mr Rees said a good education would ensure that NSW students had a better chance of securing a job in the future.

“This is a shot in the arm for our schools and heralds a new era of State and Federal co-operation to make sure NSW kids get a solid start to life,” Mr Rees said.

“We have a strong base to build on in NSW, with my Government investing $9.7 billion in our education system this year.

“Federal and State priorities are in complete alignment – better trained teachers, better numeracy and literacy skills for youngsters and more money for disadvantaged schools.

“Your postcode should not determine the quality of your education -- it’s as simple as that.

“I want to make sure that students in NSW have the best education they can get and this partnership with the Rudd Government will help make that happen.

“I’m proud that my Government is taking part in this fantastic initiative and I congratulate Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard for backing important reforms to our education system.”