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A lot to celebrate in Education Week

Today marks the first day of Education Week for 2016 and with three new initiatives on the boil we have a lot to celebrate.

Record school infrastructure funding and a new approach to child welfare are just some of the projects our State Parliamentary team has been working on to guarantee the best educational outcomes for our young regional people.

Last week the NSW Government announced the State’s first-ever Strategic Plan for Children and Young People – a new initiative designed to ensure the ongoing safety, welfare and wellbeing for our future generations.

The three-year Plan aims to ensure young people have access to the resources and services they need to thrive, have their issues heard and ultimately make informed decisions about their future.

Over 4,000 children were consulted to develop the Plan and the initiative will include a website which connects children and youth to local services, groups and opportunities to better understand their communities and the support avenues they can access such as health and training services. 

Young people will also be given opportunities to review services, provide feedback to the government and consult them on future changes.

The Plan also includes a $190 million investment over four years to reform the children protection and out-of-home care system, $100 million over two years to implement the Smart, Skilled, Hired initiative and $40 million over four years to better address youth homelessness. To find our more go to http://www.acyp.nsw.gov.au/

Local public schools across NSW will soon see significant changes to their facilities and infrastructure thanks to record investment made by the Nationals in Government. Announced in last month’s state budget, $554 million will be spent over 2016-17 – an increase of 37 per cent from last year’s expenditure – on improving public school’s amenities.

The substantial boost in funding means capital works and school maintenance projects will soon be underway in both primary and high schools across the state. Plans include upgrades to science labs, canteens and performance learning units as well as the construction of new fitness learning spaces, security fences, covered walkways and improvements to agricultural teaching areas.

Last week Minister for Education and Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli, announced the first major changes to the Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 17 years, featuring a modernised curriculum and updated focus on providing skills relevant to careers in the 21st Century. You can read all about it here.

Education Week runs from 1-5 August and this year’s theme, ‘Shared stories, better learning, stronger communities,’ acknowledges the important role our schools play in fostering relationships within our communities.

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