17 Feb 2017
Minister for Education
Education Minister Eva Lawler said today the Territory Labor Government has delivered on a key election promise with the first tranche of its four-year $124 million investment in education going into 151 government schools across the Territory.
“We know how important it is that every child gets the best possible start in life which is supported by a quality education. That is why investing in our children is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do for the Territory’s future,” Ms Lawler said.
“Schools will choose how to allocate this additional money to best meet the needs of their students.
“This might be in the form of extra teachers, support staff or additional school resources to deliver high-quality teaching and learning programs. All government schools will benefit from the additional funding.
“We have listened to community concerns and taken action to provide schools with the funding they need,” Ms Lawler said.
The $124 million package includes an additional $20 million a year which will go directly into school budgets, as well as other targeted funding initiatives.
Ms Lawler said schools will continue to benefit from the additional funds each year as part of the Government’s funding boost for education.
“After four years of schools being deprived of funds, Labor is re-investing in education. Our $124 million education funding package will give our schools greater capacity to support student learning and improve educational outcomes.”
Ms Lawler today visited Rosebery Middle School, which will use its allocation of funding to employ additional school staff to provide more subject options and support for students.
Acting Principal of Rosebery Middle School, Krystel Smith, the additional funding will be used to diversify the types of programs delivered by the school.
“We are planning to extend our program for high-performing students, engage an English as a Second Language specialist to improve literacy across the school and further develop our outdoor education program,” Ms Smith said.
“This funding allows us to expand the curriculum in our school which increases the range of programs available to our students.”
The additional $20 million has been allocated to schools through an adjusted student needs-based formula following feedback from education stakeholders and analysis of school budgets.
“The Northern Territory Government is committed to a school funding model that is based on meeting the needs of students,” Ms Lawler said.
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