Teachers supported with record investment into training
There are few people who can have as profound an impact on our children than our teachers, and nearly every person can remember who their favourite teacher was growing up.
In our ever-changing world, the NSW Government is ensuring our teachers continue to inspire future generations by creating the Quality Teaching, Successful Students fund which focuses on boosting professional development and classroom skills. The $88 million fund, an increase of $38 million on last year, brings the total investment in training close to a quarter of a billion dollars over the past three years.
Under the model, schools will have control of how the funding is spent, directing the money into areas that need improvement on a school-by-school basis. While some may choose to upskill teachers in classroom management, others may, for example, train teachers on new literacy and numeracy software.
The increase in funding has been welcomed by Nationals MPs with Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser noting that arming teachers with new skills is the key to unlocking student potential.
“Helping teachers learn and improve their craft is a vital part of providing the best education possible for our children,” Andrew said.
The fund is part of the NSW Government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions reforms which empowers schools to make funding and staffing choices that best meet their needs. It is yet another example of the Nationals and Liberals understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all policy for education, with schools in the same towns having different strengths, weaknesses and goals.
The funding expansion has coincided with the launch of the 63rd Education Week, this year themed Shared stories, better learning, stronger communities. For the first time, Education Week was launched simultaneously in both Sydney and regional NSW, with Tamworth High selected as the venue for the simulcast event. Tamworth High Principal Daniel Wilson commended the joint launch, noting it highlighted the value of regional public schools.
Left to right: Natalie Deaves, Paige Sawtell, Lachlan Smith, Tamworth Director of Public Schools NSW Ruythe Dufty, Wollemi Director of Public Schools NSW Mark Young, Executive Director of the NSW Department of Education Frank Potter, Hannah Gordon, Stephen Bennett and Jamie Blackler.
“Tamworth High School senior students Georgia Taggart and Joshua McCulloch did an outstanding job as co-comperes, working as a team with the compères from Glenmore Park High School,” Mr Wilson said.
“This was a great opportunity not only to highlight our Tamworth High School students but also the many other students involved both in Tamworth and from Sydney.”
Nationals MPs also encouraged locals to get involved and acknowledge the important role public schools play in fostering relations our communities, with Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall noting it was important parents are involved in their child’s learning.
“I encourage everyone to take part in Education Week activities, to visit open classrooms and see first-hand the excellent work being done in our local public schools.”
“It’s easy to view education as merely a series of obligations and it is similarly easy to forget that in our schools we lay down the bedrock of our society,” Adam said.
In this year’s State Budget, the NSW Government will invest a record $15.7 billion in education. This includes $123 million in additional needs-based funding to support public school students, made possible by NSW being the first state to sign the Gonski agreement; $50 million for the Supported Students, Successful Students program to expand well-being services in schools; and $46 million to improve internet connectivity and speeds at country schools.
Main image: Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall with students leaders from Bundarra Central, Armidale High, Duval High, Macintyre High and Inverell High