Time of trans­for­ma­tion

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Adrian Pic­coli NSW MIN­IS­TER FOR ED­U­CA­TION

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.

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