Calls for submissions to regional education review in wake of mixed NAPLAN results

The Coalition Government is calling for local Mid North Coast schools and families to work with a panel of leading educators and policy experts to boost student outcomes after a mixed bag set of NAPLAN results for New South Wales.

The 2017 preliminary NAPLAN results released last week point to an increase in reading scores across NSW of 1.15 per cent since last year, an increase in numeracy scores of 1.27 per cent and an increase in writing scores of 0.48 per cent across all year levels.

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said the Mid North Coast had excellent schools and educators that could contribute to the national discussion on how to ensure students had the support they needed to succeed.

“With real needs-based funding now in place that delivers an extra $3.7 billion to NSW students over the coming decade, our local schools and teachers can be assured they will have the support they need as well as resources they can use to focus on the programs that are best suited to students,” Dr Gillespie said.

“That’s why the Coalition Government is already delivering a program of quality reforms for schools and is conducting a review to identify how we can support our students to reach their full potential.”

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Government had already taken action to strengthen the accreditation standards of teacher training courses, ensure graduate teachers have literacy and numeracy skills amongst the top 30 per cent of the adult population and begun a ‘back to basics’ focus on phonics and numeracy teaching.

“We’ve appointed David Gonski to lead a panel of eminent educators and policy experts to advise on the best evidence-based practices for our students that will help guide how our schools and educators focus resources in classrooms,” Minister Birmingham said.

“By this time next year we’ll be delivering the programs and initiatives David Gonski and his panel recommend that build on the changes the Coalition Government has made to improve teaching quality already.”

Dr Gillespie encouraged teachers, education experts and other members of the Mid North Coast school community with knowledge of what is working in our schools to submit their ideas to the Review Panel.

“We have excellent teachers and schools across the Mid North Coast and I call on them to get involved with the Review Panel to ensure we are all focused on the most effective ways to boost student outcomes,” Dr Gillespie said.

To register your interest in being kept informed about the public submission process for the Review to Achieve Education Excellence in Australian Schools please visit: https://www.education.gov.au/register-your-interest-review-achieve-education-excellence

Dr Gillespie’s media contact: Dominic Haylen 0419 242 554

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