Education Week 2015: Celebrating Local Heroes
Acting Minister for Education Leslie Williams has encouraged parents and students to take part in Education Week, which runs from 27–31 July.
Mrs Williams and His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, joined staff and students at Jannali High School today to launch the celebrations.
“The theme for Education Week is ‘Celebrating Local Heroes’, which acknowledges the important role that parents, carers, grandparents and community members play in supporting our dedicated teachers and school staff,” Mrs Williams said.
“I encourage everyone to take part in Education Week activities at local schools, to visit the open classrooms and to appreciate the excellent work our teachers do.”
In 2015-16 the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has invested a record $11.2 billion in public school education. This includes $456 million for capital works projects and $373 million in additional Gonski funding to support teaching and learning in public schools.
Member for Miranda Eleni Petinos said expenditure on public education is at record levels in her electorate.
“Over the past two years, public schools in the Miranda electorate have received over $4 million to support student learning,” Ms Petinos said.
The roll-out of the $224 million Quality Teaching, Successful Students package from Term 3 of this year will enable more than 1,000 of the best teachers to mentor and coach other teachers to improve student results. Other quality teaching reforms introduced by the NSW Government have included standards-based pay for public school teachers, raising the university entry standards for future teachers and providing more support to beginning teachers.
The $167 million Supported Students, Successful Students package also begins this term, delivering the first increase to counselling and wellbeing support in NSW public schools in 20 years. The initiative provides 236 additional school counsellors and resources equivalent to 200 Student Support Officers.