Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett, today joined Senator Jacinta Collins, Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, at MacGregor State School to discuss the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement.
Senator Collins said every school would receive increased funding under the Plan and extra funding would be targeted to help disadvantaged students.
“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.”
Mr Perrett said MacGregor State School would stand to benefit from the Gillard Government’s Plan.
“The Principal and Staff at MacGregor State School are already doing great work, especially around providing assistance to students with disability,” Mr Perrett said.
“Under the Government’s Plan, students with disability will receive a loading to provide extra support to those who need it.
“This will mean more teacher support, updated technology and regular access to health professionals.”
Senator Collins said the Government’s National Plan for School Improvement would change the way education is delivered in this country.
The Gillard Government plans to:
- Deliver a new funding system for all schools. There will be a benchmark amount for every student, based on the cost of delivering education at high-performing schools. Extra funding will be available through loadings for students facing educational disadvantage.
- 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.
Mr Perrett said that for the first time, funding for every school in Australia would be calculated based on the needs of every student in every class room.
“This is a huge step forward in providing quality education for our children,” Mr Perrett said.
“The National Plan for School Improvement will give kids the best start so they can get high-skilled, high-paid jobs in the future.”
Senator Collins said the National Plan for School Improvement wasn’t just about more money – any additional funding will be tied to changes that improve the education kids 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.
Mr Perrett said the Gillard Government is committed to lifting education standards and investing in schools.
“At MacGregor State School $3 million has recently been spent on a new library and multi-purpose hall as part of the hugely successful Building the Education Revolution program,” Mr Perrett said.
“The Gillard Government will continue to invest in local schools to ensure our children have access to the best education possible.”
For more information about the National Plan for School Improvement visit www.betterschools.gov.au