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Virginia Primary receives national attention thanks to great results



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SENATOR THE HON JACINTA COLLINS PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR SCHOOL EDUCATION AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

MR NICK CHAMPION MP MEMBER FOR WAKEFIELD

MEDIA RELEASE

24 January 2013

Virginia Primary receives national attention thanks to great results

Virginia Primary School is an example of a great school, thanks to the results it has achieved under the Gillard Government’s Smarter Schools national partnerships.

Visiting the school today in Adelaide, Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, Senator Jacinta Collins, said the school has been chosen as one of 100 schools across the country which are being highlighted on the Government’s new Better Schools website.

“Thanks to the extra funding provided through the national partnerships Virginia Primary School has seen some terrific improvements in their NAPLAN results,” Senator Collins said.

“In Year 7 the proportion of students performing above the national minimum standard has increased for both numeracy and reading.

“At Virginia Primary School 90 per cent of students in Year 7 are above the national minimum standard.”

Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, said Virginia Primary School had used the money from the low SES National Partnership to develop evidence-based literacy strategies, and provide professional development for teachers and individual case management services to students.

“Teachers are particularly focused on providing extra support to those children whose first language isn’t English,” Mr Champion said.

“Almost 35 per cent of Year 7 students are performing in the top two NAPLAN bands in numeracy—this is a great result.

“However there is always more work to be done, particularly in improving the results of those in lower grades.

“Congratulations to Principal Tsoutouras, teachers, parents and most importantly the students.

“This is a case study of how targeting extra money at the things we know work can help lift results in our schools and give all students the chance of a great education,” Mr Champion said.

Senator Collins said under the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement, more money would be available to schools across the country to invest in the things that get results, like teacher training, extra resources, more parental involvement and more power for local principals.

“The Gillard Government is committed to giving every student in every classroom access to a great education, and to lifting our national education standards so Australia can remain prosperous and secure,” Senator Collins said.

For more information about Virginia Primary School’s successful results, and the National Plan for School Improvement, visit www.betterschools.gov.au

Senator Collins’ media contact: Jonathan Davies 0409 354 493 Mr Champion’s media contact: Mathew Werfel 0417 805 984 DEEWR Media: media@deewr.gov.au