Time of transformation
EDUCATION Week is a time to celebrate the achievements and successes of our students, teachers and support staff across all NSW public schools.
Public education is undergoing significant transformation with a clear agenda of reform to provide the best possible education for our children.
Over the past four years the NSW Government has been delivering bold reform across the public school sector. Our evidence-based reforms are aimed at improving student results by providing more resources for schools through a fairer needs-based funding model and a focus on quality teaching.
These reforms are underpinned by a record 2015-16 State Budget allocation of $11.2 billion for public school education and capital works.
Our Great Teaching, Inspired Learning policy is raising the standard of teaching at every career stage. We have introduced higher university entry standards for future teachers, provided more support for beginning teachers and additional funding for teacher professional development.
This year the Government announced a further $224 million investment in quality teaching, providing additional release time for our best and most experienced primary school teachers to mentor and coach other teachers.
We are also committed to addressing the concerns of teachers, parents and the community about student welfare. Our Supported Students initiative invests $167 million to improve the wellbeing of students. Public schools will benefit from additional counsellors and funding to meet the needs of our students.
Education Week 2015 is an opportunity to celebrate our successes and show how our schools are improving to benefit every student in NSW.
Opportunity to celebrate ... education minister Adrian Piccoli.