Record investment in New England schools

Record investment in New England schools

20 May 2021

Students in the New England will benefit from the Coalition Government’s record $7.6 billion funding for schools in New South Wales next year, up from $7.1 billion in 2021. 

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said funding for NSW schools has grown 72 per cent since the Government came to office, and is locked in to grow a further 39 per cent between now and 2029.

Between 2018 and 2029, NSW schools will receive more than $96 billion through the Quality Schools package.

Government schools in NSW will see the biggest increase, from $2.4 billion in 2018, to $4.2 billion in 2029.

Nationally, the Coalition Government will provide a record $24.8 billion in recurrent funding for all Australian schools in 2022.

Mr Joyce said the Government’s record investment in NSW schools was in investment in our future.

“We’re giving children in the New England the best possible chance to get the best education and reach their full potential,” Mr Joyce said.

“Whether that’s funding for new science labs at the Armidale School, new design and technology spaces at Carlossy in Tamworth, a new library at Delunga Public School or new outdoor learning area at Ebor Public School, we have many great schools in the New England filled with hard-working dedicated teachers and the Government is backing them, so they can focus on giving their students the best education.”

Minister Tudge said locking in record funding means states, territories and schools could now focus on lifting standards.

“We are committed to seeing our school students once again performing among the top nations across reading, mathematics and science by 2030,” Minister Tudge said.

The Government launched a review of initial teacher education last month which is due to report later this year. 

The National Curriculum is also under review, with the independent body ACARA currently seeking public feedback on draft proposed changes.

(ENDS)

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