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Indigenous students benefit under National Plan for School Improvement



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

MEDIA RELEASE

26 May 2013

Indigenous students benefit under National Plan for School Improvement

Specific funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will help to close the gap in Indigenous education.

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett said a dedicated funding stream in the National Plan for School Improvement would see about $5.5 billion of the total public funds directed to support around 200,000 Indigenous students in about 8,000 schools.

The Indigenous loading will be applied to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students regardless of where they live or where they go to school.

“Education is the passport out of poverty for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, yet we are still leaving thousands of kids behind,” Mr Garrett said.

“As we head into Reconciliation Week, it’s time to refocus our attention and efforts on getting better results. Business as usual just isn’t good enough.”

Results from the 2012 NAPLAN assessments show that across all year levels, on average, Indigenous students are behind other students.

The average performance of Indigenous students in reading and numeracy was two to three years below the average of non-Indigenous students. In the Northern Territory, the gap is equivalent to around four years.

“We know targeted investment has been working and, with this new funding, programs can now be expanded and extended through the Indigenous loading.

“Our plan will make sure that every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student gets the resources and individual attention they need.”

Under the plan, the funding will be used to implement a personalised learning plan for every Indigenous student as well as each school having an improvement plan, which will include strategies on how to better work with parents and community members - a vital part of improving attendance and results for Indigenous students.

Funds can also be used to offer breakfast clubs, homework centres or employ teacher aides.

“This money will be permanently locked into the system. Every school will know that every year, the money it needs to do a great job will be there. This means staff can be employed, programs can continue, new and better resources can be purchased.”

This loading is expected to provide an average of around $30,000 funding per Indigenous student over the six years, nationally.

For each state and territory, from 2014 to 2019, the Indigenous loading will provide around:

o $1.6 billion for Indigenous students in QLD schools - benefitting around 55,500 students in 1,555 schools (91% of all schools)

o $1.3 billion for Indigenous students in NSW schools - benefitting around 53,900 students in 2,629 schools (85% of all schools)

o $1.1 billion for Indigenous students in WA schools - benefitting around 27,000 students in 917 schools (86% of all schools)

o $1.0 billion for Indigenous students in NT schools - benefitting around 16,800 students in 187 schools (98% of all schools)

o $300 million for Indigenous students in SA schools - benefitting around 10,200 students in 640 schools (85% of all schools)

o $200 million for Indigenous students in VIC schools - benefitting around 11,500 students in 1,505 schools (68% of all schools)

o $100 million for Indigenous students in TAS schools - benefitting around 5,700 students in 245 schools (95% of all schools)

o $40 million for Indigenous students in ACT schools - benefitting around 1,400 student in 117 schools (91% of all schools)

“NSW has shown the way by signing up to our plan and delivering a better deal for almost 54,000 Aboriginal students in that state,” Mr Garrett said.

“It’s now up to other state and territory leaders to show they care about delivering a better future for young Indigenous Australians, and sign up to our plan.”

More information on the loadings and how they will be applied is available at www.betterschools.gov.au.

Minister’s Media Contact: Kate Sullivan 0409 490 741 DEEWR Media: media@deewr.gov.au