Joint Media Release with Minister for Education and Training Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has encouraged Territory parents and students to participate in a landmark review into boosting student performance in Australian schools.
Submissions for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, led by Mr David Gonski AC, will be open until 13 October and Senator Scullion has urged NT parents, teachers, students and education experts to seize this unique opportunity to help shape the future of Australia’s education system.
“This is an opportunity for people across the education system, including local students and their parents, to share their ideas and experience of what measures can boost student outcomes in our schools,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition Government has locked in a new funding system that boosts per student assistance in the NT by an average of $2,337 for government and independent schools over 2018 to 2027, so that teachers in the region have the support and resources they need to focus on the programs that are best suited to their students. Catholic systemic schools across the NT will receive an additional $72.4 million that the Northern Territory Catholic system will distribute to their schools. Independent schools across the NT will also receive an additional $105.9 million over the next 10 years.
“But if money alone were a measure of success, the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools wouldn’t be necessary.
“While a strong level of funding is important, it’s clear that to achieve the best educational performance we must also look at how this funding is used in our schools, and not just how much is being spent.”
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Review will determine the best evidence-based practices for students and help guide how schools and educators focus the extra resources being delivered in classrooms.
“The input of educators, academics and people at the coal face of our school system combined with the leadership and expertise of Mr Gonski and his panel, will be invaluable to guiding how our record levels of funding for students should be used most effectively,” Minister Birmingham said.
An Issues Paper is now available which frames the call for public submissions with key questions relating to the Terms of Reference for the Review.
The Issues Paper and information on how to lodge a submission are available from: www.education.gov.au/educationalexcellencereview.
The Review headed by Mr Gonski will report back to the Prime Minister and Minister Birmingham by March 2018.