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Newcastle schools to benefit from National Plan for School Improvement

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Minister for School Education

Peter Garrett

Newcastle schools to benefit from National Plan for School Improvement

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett today visited Hamilton Public School in Newcastle to discuss the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement.

“The Gillard Government has a plan for better schools that will benefit every school and every student in Newcastle and surrounding areas,” Mr Garrett said.

“Under our plan, funding for every school will rise every year, and the extra money will be spent on things we know will help improve results - like investing in great teachers, focusing on school improvement, and giving more power to local principals.

“We want Australia to be in the top five countries in the world in school performance by 2025. The Gillard Government is prepared to invest substantial amounts of money over time to make this a reality, and we’re also asking State Governments to pay their fair share.

“We want to hear from the community about what works in our schools. That’s why events such as today’s forum are so important.”

Mr Garrett said the Government is currently discussing the details of the National Plan for School Improvement with states and territory governments and the non-government school sector. Legislation will be introduced into the Federal Parliament this month.

“Schools across the Newcastle electorate are already benefiting from Labor’s record investment in schools,” he said.

“Hamilton Public School received $2.3 million for the construction of a new multi-purpose hall and covered outdoor learning area.

“Across the electorate, more than 8900 computers are now in place in 22 schools, thanks to our $2.4 billion Digital Education Revolution, and 16 schools are benefiting from extra funding and resources under our Smarter Schools National Partnerships.

“Fourteen schools are participating in the Trade Training Centres in Schools program at 4 local centres, providing industry-standard training within the school setting, and 22 schools are benefiting from the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.

“The next step is to make sure every school in the region is getting enough money to do a great job, and that’s what our National Plan for School Improvement will help deliver.”

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