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Additional Needs Teacher Scholarships – NT Labor Government Key Election Commitment

A key part of the Territory Labor Government’s $8 million annual investment in early intervention has been delivered with 20 Territory teachers receiving scholarships to support students needs.

The NT Government is investing $8 million per year
across the next four years towards early intervention, to tackle challenging behaviours and support students with a disability and mental illness.

“The Territory Labor Government believes that all children and young people have the right to access a high quality education in the Northern Territory and this needs to start from day one, term one of year one,” Education Minister Eva Lawler said.

“We want to achieve this by having quality teachers in every classroom to support all students to achieve their full potential.

“In Budget 17, we committed $8 million per year
over the next four years towards early intervention. One of the deliverables of this commitment is 20 scholarships per year to assist Territory teachers in supporting students with additional needs.

“These scholarships will improve our educators’ skills in teaching children with additional needs, including children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia and foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

“The successful teachers will complete an online Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Education) through Flinders University.”

On what is the final day of the school semester, Minister Lawler also wished students and staff a happy and safe school holidays.

“To the Territory’s hard working educators, enjoy your well-deserved break and thank you for your dedication and focus in semester one,” Ms Lawler said.

“I hope that all students and staff have a fantastic, happy and safe break, whichever way you choose to spend it and I look forward to an exciting semester two when school returns.”


Media contact: Jake Hauritz – 0478 128 268