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Extra funding for literacy and numeracy in NSW schools

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Minister for School Education

Peter Garrett

Extra funding for literacy and numeracy in NSW schools

Wednesday 30 January 2013

The Gillard Government is investing a further $74.9 million in a new agreement with the New South Wales Government to help boost literacy and numeracy results.

School Education Minister Peter Garrett welcomed NSW schools participation in the Improving Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership and encouraged other state and territory Governments to sign up soon so their students can also reap the benefits.

“More than 48,000 students in 171 NSW schools benefited from the original Smarter Schools Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership,” Mr Garrett said.

“This new funding will build on successful strategies undertaken through the previous National Partnership, which ran from 2008 to 2012.”

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

• dedicated literacy and numeracy coaches • professional development for teachers • improving literacy learning in the early years • tailored teaching approaches to lift literacy and numeracy achievement.

“NAPLAN data shows that students in NSW schools participating in the previous National Partnership showed an improvement in scores and our investment is having a real and positive impact,” Mr Garrett said.

“The previous Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership results showed a reduction in students in the bottom two bands for Grade 5 Numeracy from 36 per cent in 2008 to 23 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, with each state and territory to benefit as they sign-up to the new agreement.

“And it’s why the 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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