Australind SHS to benefit from federal education funding

Federal minister for education and training Simon Birmingham visited Australind Senior High School on Wednesday to discuss regional education funding and the latest NAPLAN results.

Visiting the school with Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino, Senator Birmingham confirmed the Australind school would receive a $17.3 million boost in Gonski needs-based funding under the federal government’s schools plan.

Throughout the Forrest electorate, school will benefit to the tune of $450 million.

Mr Birmingham said WA previously got a ‘dud deal’ on education funding and the Turnbull government are committed to turning it around.

“We must make sure every dollar is used as efficiently as possible to lift student outcomes,” he said.

“Our priority as a government now is to build on the reforms we have already implemented.”

Mr Birmingham’s visit coincided with the release of the 2017 NAPLAN results and he said WA saw some solid gains.

“Today is the day we’ve seen the initial NAPLAN results at a state-by-state level and it was a mixed bag of results,” he said.

“In reading and numeracy we are seeing gains but in some areas, like writing, we saw declines. It’s important we work to achieve gains in all areas.”

Mr Birmingham said compared to other nations, Australia has been slipping in a number of areas so the focus for the future has to be on getting maximum bang from a record investment to improve student outcomes.

While at the school, the politicians also visited a number of mathematics and philosophy specialist classes to see the maths in motion program and took time to meet the year seven parliament representatives.

Source: Bunbury Mail.