The Turnbull Joyce Government is guaranteeing a brighter future for children in Capricornia with historic education reforms that will deliver a fair, transparent and consistent school funding model approved early this morning.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said that while every student in the region will see a funding increase between $112 to $653 in 2018 alone, the reforms are about much more than just money.
“We want to guarantee a world class education for your children, to lift teaching standards and put Australian students back at the top of the class,” Ms Landry said.
“While overall funding has increased over the last few decades, Australia’s performance in national and international testing is declining – or at best standing still.
“Achieving better outcomes for our children is not just about how much funding we provide. It matters how that funding is used.
“The jobs of the future will require a high level of technological literacy and it is essential to equip our school students with a strong foundation of literacy, numeracy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills.”
The plan reflects the recommendations by the Gonski Review (including the Schooling Resource Standard with loadings for disadvantage) whilst removing the inequities and 27 ‘special deals’ created by the previous Labor Government.
“It was a very long day, but I am delighted that we were able to pass this in the early hours of the morning.
“I am thrilled that we are going to see meaningful reforms that help every child in Capricornia achieve their dreams, backed by increased funding from between $1332 - $12,771 per student over the next ten years."
Additional Information on Reforms
Mr David Gonski AC has endorsed the Quality Schools reforms and agreed to lead a Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools. The Review, to be completed by the end of the year, will provide advice on how the extra Commonwealth funding should be invested to improve Australian schools’ performance and grow student achievement.
The Commonwealth will sign new agreements with the states and territories next year to ensure funding is invested in reforms that evidence shows improve student results.
The Government will establish a National School Resourcing Board to review and provide ongoing advice to Government about ways to improve the funding model, and accountability by school authorities for the Commonwealth funding they receive.
David Gonski and other panel members Ken Boston and Kathryn Greiner, as well as The Grattan Institute, The Mitchell Institute and even former Australian Education Union President Dianne Foggo and former Tasmanian AEU President Terry Barnes - who have all endorsed the reforms
Key reforms include:
A Year 1 reading, phonics and literacy assessment to assist in early identification and intervention
Initiatives to keep our best teachers in the classroom
Reforms to strengthen literacy and STEM skills, such as requiring minimum literacy and numeracy standards for school leavers and ensuring English or humanities and maths or science subjects are studied to get an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).