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Public schools in Lyons better off under Government’s education reforms

Ministers:

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

The Hon Dick Adams, Federal Member for Lyons, was today joined on a tour of Campbell Town District High School by Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations, Senator Jacinta Collins, to discuss how all local schools would benefit under the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard released the plan on Monday in response to the first comprehensive review of schools education undertaken in 40 years.

Mr Adams and Senator Collins were given a tour of the school, and had the chance to meet with staff and students. They also discussed with staff the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement.

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

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 Adams 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 Adams said.

“And funding for all schools will continue to rise under the plan. The National Plan for School Improvement will give kids the best start so they can get high-skilled, high-paid jobs in the future,” he said.

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 Adams said he was already seeing great things happen not only at Campbell Town District High School, but in schools right across his electorate of Lyons, and that the National Plan for School Improvement would only see things get better.

Over the past decade, Australian students have fallen from second to seventh in reading and fifth to 13th in maths compared to students in other countries.

“That’s why the Gillard Government’s plan to improve schools is geared towards getting better results for students,” Mr Adams said.

For more information about the National Plan for School Improvement visit www.betterschools.gov.au