Record school education budget delivers new schools, more counsellors
Students will benefit from the record $12.4 billion for NSW schools included in the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s 2015-16 Budget.
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the NSW Government is delivering on its election commitments, made possible by NSW signing up to the Gonski funding reforms.
“In 2015-16, $507 million in additional Gonski funding will be available for NSW schools,” Mr Piccoli said.
“NSW is delivering on its six-year Gonski commitment and part of that will help improve teaching standards through our Quality Teaching, Successful Students package.
“We have set aside $224 million over four years to deliver this initiative, which will give 1,000 of the best teachers time to mentor and coach other teachers.
“Experienced teachers will be able to share their skills and knowledge with colleagues in public primary schools from term three this year.”
The $167 million Supported Students, Successful Students package also begins in term three, delivering the first increase to counselling and wellbeing support in public schools in 20 years.
“This initiative provides 236 additional school counsellors and resources equivalent to 200 Student Support Officers,” Mr Piccoli said.
“It means public schools will have improved resources to ensure better welfare outcomes for students.”
The NSW Government has set aside funding to begin 11 new building projects valued at $205 million for new and upgraded schools to address growing student enrolments. These projects include new schools in Bella Vista, Dubbo, Narellan and at the Old Kings School site in Parramatta.
“Our Innovative Education, Successful Students initiative begins with planning work for major new school projects in the Inner City and Ballina, along with Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School and other election commitments,” Mr Piccoli said.
“This budget also provides additional targeted funding of $12.5 million for capital works in non-government schools under the Building Grants Assistance Scheme.
“This will help non-government schools build capacity to cope with growing enrolments.”