Nationals invest in schools in the Lismore Electorate
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has promised that a re-elected Baird Government will transform NSW schools with new programs to provide more counsellors and improve the quality of teaching in schools across the Far North Coast.
“As a regional MP myself I am particularly proud that we have delivered on our commitments to better support rural and regional students,” Mr Piccoli said.
“In education the Baird Government has achieved more in four years than Labor managed in 16 years — and certainly more than any independent could ever deliver.”
In 2014 and 2015 public schools in the Lismore electorate have received more than $3 million in additional needs-based funding that school principals can use to address the needs of their students.
Lismore MP Thomas George said schools such as Nimbin Central ($293,000), Kyogle High ($274,000) and Lismore High ($255,000) had received significant injections of funding and support to improve student results.
“This money — which is being provided to help address the additional challenges faced by students in rural and regional areas — is already making a difference in our schools, which are employing additional staff and running new programs for students,” Mr George said.
Across the region, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has spent $82 million on public school capital works and maintenance since 2011/12.
“On top of this investment in school capital works, every school in the Lismore local government area now has a set of flashing lights,” Mr George said.
“In 16 years Labor could only install three sets of flashing light in Lismore, meanwhile the NSW Liberals & Nationals have delivered 16 sets in the high risk Phase One rollout and now an additional 19 have been installed.
“Every school zone from Tregeagle Public to The Channon Public School now has flashing lights.”
Mr George said the Baird Government is also changing what happens within schools.
“Thirty schools in the four electorates of the North Coast have also received additional highly experienced staff to improve the teaching of literacy and numeracy in the early years.
“We promised to implement the $261 million Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan — we have done so and I am very pleased to see improved student results.
“If re-elected, we will immediately introduce two new programs that will make a big difference in every school.”
The two new programs are:
- the $224 million Quality Teaching, Successful Students program to raise the quality of teaching in all NSW public primary schools by using more than 1,000 of the State’s best teachers as instructional leaders to lift the quality of teaching across every classroom in their school; and
- the $167 million Supported Students, Successful Students package — backed by a new Behaviour Code — to help create safer school environments, counter inappropriate behaviours and help schools to engage with vulnerable students and their families.
“The two new programs can be funded because NSW was the first State in Australia to sign up to the Gonski Agreement,” Mr George said.
“At least 4,800 students across 53 schools in the Lismore electorate are set to benefit.
“Parents can have confidence that these programs will ensure their children have more opportunities to succeed at school.
“The evidence is clear from around the world — the most important thing our best teachers can do is pass on their expertise to other teachers.
“When they do, students in every primary school classroom will benefit.
“We also know that if we can better address the challenges faced by students, teachers will have more time to teach and students will have more opportunity to learn without distraction and interruption.”