THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
3 September 2012
The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, has welcomed the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement which will deliver great benefits to local schools across the Northern Territory.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard released the plan today in response to the first comprehensive review of schools education undertaken in 40 years.
Mr Snowdon said ensuring every young Australian has access to a great education is at the heart of the Government’s plan for the future.
“We want to provide school principals and teachers with the support they need to deliver a brighter future for all students, through better funding and resources, and ongoing training opportunities,” Mr Snowdon said.
We want 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.
For the first time, funding for every school in Australia would be calculated based on the needs of every student, in every classroom.
Mr Snowdon said funding for schools in town and those in the bush will continue to rise under the plan.
“We know, in particular, young Aboriginal kids have a harder time with literacy and numeracy, this plan will give their schools more funding to provide a targeted approach to turn those results around.
“Our National Plan for School Improvement will give Territory kids the best start, so they can get the high-skilled, high paid jobs of the future.
“The National Plan for School Improvement 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 into Territory classrooms, giving local principals more power and getting better results for local students.”
Mr Snowdon said that local schools and teachers were already doing a great job and the National School Improvement Plan would help them achieve even more.
“This is the most substantial education reform I have seen, not just during my time as a Member of Parliament, but also through my previous career as a teacher,” he said.
“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. School reports often say there is ‘room for improvement,’ and that’s the way it is with these national results.
“The Gillard Government’s plan to improve schools is geared towards getting better results for students, a better education will mean better jobs, more opportunities and happier lives for all Australians.”
The Prime Minister’s speech announcing the National School Improvement Plan can be found at www.pm.gov.au.
For more information on the Plan visit www.betterschools.gov.au.
Media Contact: (Mr Snowdon) Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820 / 0417 917 796
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