Release type: Joint Media Release


Local Catholic schools to benefit from Government’s Education Plan


Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins
Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations

Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, Jacinta Collins, and Federal Member for Bass, Geoff Lyons, today visited St Finn Barr’s Catholic Primary School to discuss the Government’s plan for a better education system.

Senator Collins said all local schools would benefit under the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement.

“We want to make sure every young Australian has access to a great education,” Senator Collins said.

“We want to provide school principals and teachers with the support they need to deliver this, through better funding and resources, and ongoing training opportunities.”

The Plan will:

  • Deliver a new funding system for all schools with benchmark funding for every student, based on the cost of delivering education at high-performing schools.
  • Provide more professional support and ongoing career development for the teaching profession, from pre-service teachers to principals.
  • Identify schools that need more help to improve their performance, and provide extra support.
  • Include a greater focus on the funding and resources provided for disadvantaged students.
  • Provide more information about schools to parents and the wider community.

For the first time, funding for every school in Australia will be calculated based on the needs of every student, in every classroom.

Mr Lyons said funding for all schools will continue to rise under the Plan.

“Our National Plan for School Improvement will give our local students the best start so they can get the high-skilled, high paid jobs of the future,” Mr Lyons said.

“It isn’t just about more money – that’s why any additional funding will be tied to changes that improve the education students receive.

“That means putting the best teachers in local classrooms, giving local principals more power and getting better results for local students.”

Senator Collins said the Government’s goal was for Australia to be ranked as a top 5 country in the world for the performance of our students in Reading, Science and Mathematics.

“Under the Government’s Plan, schools will get the funding they need to give students the education they deserve,” Senator Collins said.

“Our funding model is based on the needs of individual students, through a Student Resource Standard.

“In addition, schools with students who face additional challenges, such as those with disability, from low income families or with limited English skills, would be entitled to extra funding.”

Mr Lyons said the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement would benefit schools like St Finn Barr’s.

“Every school, including Catholic and independent schools, will see their funding rise every year.

“In recent years St Finn Barr’s has benefited from significant investment from the Gillard Government.

“Over $2 million was provided under the hugely successful Building the Education Revolution program to build a new multi-purpose hall.

“Now is the time to take the next step to reform school funding and ensure our children have the best education possible,” Mr Lyons said.

Senator Collins said the Government was committed to working with the States and non-government schooling sectors to achieve these reforms.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to improve our schools and we are looking forward to working with all stakeholders to make this Plan a reality,” Senator Collins said.

“As a first step, the Government will introduce legislation into the Parliament by the end of 2012 which will enshrine in law the core principles of our National Plan for School Improvement and a new approach for funding schools.

“The new funding model is intended to be operational for the 2014 school year.”

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