Students and staff at All Saints Grammar School, Sydney will have full use of a new covered outdoor learning area and specialised equipment in classrooms to enable access and participation for students with hearing disability, thanks to funding delivered by the Turnbull Government. Minister and Senator for NSW Concetta Fierravanti-Wells officially opened the new facility in Belmore South today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.
“It was a privilege to visit All Saints Grammar to see the new facilities firsthand and learn about how they will positively contribute to students’ learning potential,” Minister Fierravanti-Wells said. The Turnbull Government provided $169,000 in funding from the Capital Grants Program, which helps enable non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient resources. Minister Fierravanti-Wells said students and the whole school community would benefit from these new facilities.
“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in educational research and will see students learn more effectively.” The Turnbull Government is also continuing to implement our historic education reforms delivering real needs-based funding, so students with the same need within the same sector will attract the same support from the Commonwealth, with students who need the most support getting it as quickly as possible.
Independent schools in New South Wales will also benefit from increased funding under these arrangements. Funding for independent schools in New South Wales is estimated to grow from $1.4 billion in 2017 to $1.5 billion in 2018, $1.8 billion in 2021 and $2.4 billion in 2027. This represents an average per student increase of 4.8 percent each year over the next four years.
“We’re delivering the real Gonski needs-based funding that Labor distorted with 27 special arrangements with states and territories and sectors.” Minister Birmingham said the Government’s recurrent funding growth will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focussing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.
“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Minister Birmingham said. “The Australian Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”