Dec 19, 2011

Gillard Government education achievements

The Gillard Labor Government is delivering for education in the Inner West with schools benefiting from new buildings, trade training centres and extra funding for literacy and numeracy.

The Government’s record investment of more than $65 billion in school education and reforms has made a huge difference to local schools and students this year.

Under the Low SES Schools National Partnership, three local schools have received funding to develop strategies to improve attendance and engagement and  target certain groups of students who need additional help.

The Building the Education Revolution (BER) project has seen 55 schools across the electorate of Grayndler receive over $80 million to build new infrastructure and refurbish facilities.

In recent months we have seen:

  • the opening of a new library at Australia Street Infants School in Newtown
  •  a new hall at Canterbury Public School
  • new classrooms at Dulwich Hill Public School
  • a new library and hall at St Paul of the Cross School in Dulwich Hill
  • new classrooms at Dobroyd Point Public School in Haberfield
  • refurbishment of facilities at Bridge Road School in Camperdown.

Five schools in the area are also benefiting from access to a Trade Training Centre which gives students in Years 9-12 an opportunity for vocational training while continue their formal education, encouraging kids to stay in school while equipping them with skills.

Unlike the Opposition, the Gillard Labor Government is committed to giving every Australian kid access to a great education.

If Tony Abbott had his way, he would cut $2.8 billion from the school education budget, meaning local kids could miss out on access to a Trade Centre or a computer at school.

And unlike the Coalition we don’t believe that only the ‘right’ kids should stay in school until Year 12. We want every student to have the opportunity to get an education and develop their full potential.

The Gillard Government’s education improvements will continue next year, as the Australian Curriculum is implemented, and more money is made available for students with disability.