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Local schools win grants to support programmes for boys.

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Local schools win grants to support programmes for boys Friday, 23 December 2005

Member for Hume Alby Schultz today announced that 10 schools in the Hume electorate would benefit from individual and school cluster grants under the first round of the Australian Government's $19.4 million Success for Boys programme.

"The Government is committed to improving boys' educational and social outcomes and this innovative programme aims to both support boys at risk of disengaging from school and improve boys’ learning outcomes," Mr Schultz said.

Schools set to benefit from the funding are:

Colo Vale PS $10,200 (individual) Bredalbane PS a share in $55,600 (cluster project) Bowning PS a share in $55,600 (cluster project) Collector PS a share in $55,600 (cluster project) Dalton PS a share in $55,600 (cluster project) Gunning PS a share in $55,600 (cluster project) Tarago PS a share in $55,600 (cluster project) Tirranna PS a share in $55,600 (cluster project) Windellema PS a share in $55,600 (cluster project) Matthew Hogan School a share in $20,000 (cluster project)

"I congratulate the local schools in our region who will receive grants averaging $10,000 per school to help them improve the way they work with boys. The schools will be provided with high quality professional learning based on national and international research."

Three key intervention areas of benefit to boys will be addressed by the schools:

• giving boys opportunities to benefit from positive male role models and mentors • improving literacy teaching and assessment, and • using information and communication technology (ICT) to engage boys in learning.

"There has been strong interest in the programme, with over 1 in 5 Australian schools applying for funding in this first round,” Mr Schultz said.

He said that since 2003, the Government had committed over $27 million to improve boys' educational and social outcomes. The successful Boys' Education Lighthouse Schools programme, which has been operating over 2003-05, has also supported over 550 schools nationally to develop effective teaching practices and strategies that work with boys.