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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 910 Published: 12/3/2003 Title: Lighthouse Schools sought for boys education

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, today invited all schools in the region to apply for grants of up to $5000 to document and showcase successful practises in boys education.

The funding is connected to stage one of the Commonwealth Government’s Boys Education Lighthouse Schools Program.

Mr Nairn said the schools involved will act as beacons of good practises in the education of boys as a response to evidence indicating that while some boys are performing well, may others are not achieving their full potential.

“Individual schools may apply for grants of up to $5000. Clusters of two, three or four schools may apply for up to $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 respectively,” he said.

“Schools need not already have a specific boys program in place and may use the grant to work towards that goal.”

Under stage one of the Lighthouse program, up to 70 individual schools or groups of more across Australia will be selected to document and showcase how they develop and implement educational practises addressing the needs of boys.

“Schools can use the grant for a range of purposes including teacher professional development or hiring academic experts to assist them,” Mr Nairn added.

The findings of the first stage will be provided to schools and teachers by the end of this year and will help shape the development of stage two commencing early in 2004.

The program is part of the Commonwealth’s investment of up to $4 million in boys education over the next two years, and will be part of the $159 million Quality Teacher Program.

For more information about the Lighthouse program log on to www.boyslighthouse.edu.au.

Ends… Gary Nairn 6297 3952