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Extra funding for literacy and numeracy in WA schools

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THE HON PETER GARRETT MP Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth


22 January 2013

Extra funding for literacy and numeracy in WA schools

The Gillard Government is investing a further $29.6 million in a new agreement with the Western Australian Government to help boost literacy and numeracy results in the state’s schools.

School Education Minister Peter Garrett welcomed the decision by the Western Australian Government to participate in the Improving Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership, and encouraged other states and territories to sign up soon so their school students can also reap the benefits.

“This new funding will help more than 200 Western Australian schools build on successful strategies undertaken through the original Smarter Schools National Partnership, which ran from 2008,” he said.

National Partnership funding can be used by schools in a number of ways, including:

 individual learning plans for students who need help with reading, writing or maths  dedicated literacy and numeracy coaches  homework centres for students who need extra support or attention, or whose home environment makes completing their school work difficult.

“Under the original National Partnership 194 WA schools received funding - benefitting more than 95,000 students,” Mr Garrett said.

“NAPLAN data indicates that students in participating WA schools showed an improvement in scores and the investment is having a real and positive impact.

“The percentage of students in the bottom two bands for reading in Grade 3 dropped from 27 per cent in 2008 to 21 per cent in 2011. Grade 5 students in the bottom two bands in numeracy dropped from 32 per cent in 2008 to 20 per cent in 2011.

“Each state that signs up to the new Improving Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership will be able to build on the results already achieved.

“Literacy and numeracy are foundation skills which are critical to success in education and employment, and for people to fully contribute to a strong economy and prosperous future for Australia in the Asian century.

“That’s why we are prepared to invest an additional $243.9 million nationally for the 2013 school year which will benefit each state and territory as they sign-up to the new agreement.

“And it’s why the Gillard Government is determined to work with the states and territories on the new National Plan for School Improvement to ensure that every Australian child has access to a world-class education, and that those students who need additional assistance get support.”

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