GettyImages 492198113

Improving education results

Published 14th October, 2016

Increase the proportion of NSW students in the top two NAPLAN bands by eight per cent

Why is this important?

The NSW Government wants every child’s education to give them the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter what their circumstances.

Students with sound literacy and numeracy skills are more likely to remain at school, complete their HSC and continue on to tertiary education.

That’s why the government is working toward increasing the proportion of NSW students in the top two NAPLAN bands by eight per cent by 2019.

education icon2 0

NAPLAN is a snapshot test held in May for students in years three, five, seven and nine to check their progress in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.

How is the government tracking?

Percentage of NSW student results in the top two NAPLAM bands (updated 03/17)

What is the government doing?

Evidence-based reforms

By focusing on teacher quality through the Great Teaching Inspired Learning actions, and through targeted reforms such as the Connected Communities strategy and the Rural and Remote Education Blueprint, the government is determined to improve teaching and learning in all schools.

  • The number of schools participating in the K-2 Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan has increased to 668, including 407 schools in regional areas.
  • The Bump It Up strategy focuses on identifying schools which are doing well and, the data suggests, have the greatest capacity to improve their students’ performance in literacy and numeracy. These schools currently have many students achieving in the middle bands of NAPLAN, and with school-led solutions, more students should be able to reach their potential and achieve in the top two NAPLAN bands. 46 of 137 Bump it Up schools are in regional areas.
  • From 2020, students in NSW will need to meet a minimum literacy and numeracy standard to receive the HSC. By achieving at least a band 8 in the year 9 NAPLAN tests, children will be eligible to receive the HSC. Those who don’t will need to pass an online literacy and numeracy test later to meet the requirements.

Student-focused funding

The NSW Government was the first in Australia to sign up to the National Education Reform Agreement, following the Gonski Review [PDF 3.85mb], which is a fairer distribution of funding so students in most need are properly resourced. We developed the Resource Allocation Model of funding, which targets NSW students and schools in most need of extra support – this is now considered best practice in Australia and many other countries. NSW principals now have increased local authority, with more accountability.

The NSW Government is investing recurrent funding totalling $13.7 billion in education in 2016-17, an increase of $950 million from 2015-16.

  • $12 billion for government primary and secondary schools (an increase of 7.5 per cent). This total allocation includes:
    • $50 million, as part of the $167 million Supported Students, Successful Students 2015 election commitment. This provides extra school counsellors, student wellbeing resources and support for schools to encourage positive behaviour for learning. There is additional help for Aboriginal and refugee students, their families and communities.
    • $38 million, as part of the $224 million Quality Teaching, Successful Students 2015 election commitment. This chooses 1000 of the best teachers to mentor and coach other teachers, monitor student performance data across the school to ensure teachers are focused on areas of need and support principals so schools become thriving learning communities.
    • An extra $113 million in needs-based funding, using the Resource Allocation Model in 2016, so schools can target the precise needs of their students.
  • $1.2 billion in funding support for non-government schools, an increase of five per cent.
  • Under the National Education Reform Agreement (following the Gonski Review), $821 million in additional funding is available for NSW schools in 2016-17.

What can you do?

If you're a parent, being involved can make a big difference to your child's school and education - teachers and families need to work in partnership.

  • Get involved in your child’s education.
  • Show an interest in what your child is doing at school and take opportunities to help them practice the literacy and numeracy skills that they are learning.
  • Speak to your child's school principal about what they are doing to improve literacy and numeracy.
  • Volunteer at your child's school. Many schools encourage parents and carers to contribute to reading and numeracy programs, help in the canteen, go on excursions or contribute to cultural events.
Published 14th October, 2016