Making every school a great school

The Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett and the Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird visited Mount Ousley Primary School and St Brigid’s Primary School today, to talk with teachers and students about the Gillard Government’s investment in our schools.

“We want to make every school a great school so that they can continue to offer kids a quality education that helps them achieve their full potential,” Mr Garrett said.

The Budget includes a number of initiatives to support our schools: More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative; increased funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program and the National Rewards for Great Teachers initiative.

“These initiatives are aimed at ensuring all children, regardless of where they live, have access to the support they need to get a quality education.”

“I am really pleased that the Minister has been able to visit both Mt Ousley Public School and St Brigid’s Primary School to see first hand the quality education programs offered by these two local schools and the dedication of all the local school professionals”, Ms Bird said.

Families will be pleased that the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative provides teachers, students with access to speech and occupational therapy, new equipment, such as audio and visual technology and added support for teachers with the assistance of teacher’s aides, as well as health and allied health professionals.

Schools and teachers will also receive additional support to improve the planning and delivery of programs and lessons, and better access to expert advice to help improve the educational experiences of students with disabilities.

Schools will also have greater access to the expanded National School Chaplaincy program the Gillard Government has invested an extra $222 million in funding to this initiative, giving 1,000 extra schools in regional, remote and disadvantaged locations a chance to apply for a school Chaplain.

“Schools play a vital role in promoting the intellectual, physical, and social development of our kids,” Minister Garrett said.

The Gillard Government has invested $425 million in the National Rewards for Great Teachers initiative giving our top performing teachers access to a reward payment based on their performance. The first round of payments will begin in 2014.

“We want to reward those teachers who are making a real difference to the lives of their students,” Mr Garrett said.

For more information about these and other initiatives, visit www.deewr.gov.au/Department/Budget