Improving education results
Why is this important to the people of NSW?
Creating high expectations for schools and students is important to ensure that all students achieve their potential.
A focus on the top two NAPLAN bands in reading and numeracy is an indicator that schools are successfully helping more students to reach their potential.
Students with sound literacy and numeracy skills are more likely to stay at school, complete their HSC and continue on to tertiary education.
That’s why we are working towards increasing the proportion of NSW students in the top two NAPLAN bands by eight per cent by 2019.
How are we tracking?
Preliminary data indicates that in 2018, 34.4 per cent of students achieved results in the top two NAPLAN bands in reading and/or numeracy. There are now an additional 20,000 more students achieving results in the top two NAPLAN bands. We remain on track to achieve the Premier's Priority target in 2019.
What are we doing?
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, we are determined to improve teaching and learning in all schools. Other reforms include:
- The Bump it Up strategy identifies schools which are going well and, the data suggests, have the greatest capacity to improve their students' performance in literacy and numeracy. Forty six of the 137 Bump it Up schools are in regional areas.
- 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 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.
In 2018-19, we will invest more than $16 billion for government and non-government schools to boost the Educational foundations for success. This allocation includes:
- $6 billion over four years to deliver more than 170 new and upgraded schools, including:
- commencing work in 2018-19 on 40 new and upgraded school projects, and beginning planning for a further 20 new and upgraded schools.
- continuing works on more than 110 ongoing new and upgraded school projects. This record capital investment also includes the delivery of minor works projects including improvements to school facilities such as canteen and toilet block upgrades, sports courts and installation of shade covers, as well as land purchases for new and expanded schools.
- $1.3 billion on non-government schools in 2018-19 to improve student outcomes across school sectors.
- $71.8 million in 2018-19 to implement the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy in NSW Government schools, which ensures that NSW students have the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need for learning and in life.
- $50 million in flexible funding to schools to implement the School Leadership Strategy which frees up principals and school leaders from administrative work to focus more on instructional leadership.
- $3.75 million in 2018-19 to support an additional 1,000 Aboriginal students to participate in Clontarf Academies in New South Wales, with 500 students to start in the 2018 calendar year and 500 to start in the 2019 calendar year.
Gorokan Public School
Gorokan Public School on the Central Coast has achieved its best year 3 NAPLAN results in both reading and numeracy in recent years. In 2017, top two band results for year 3 students also exceeded those for similar schools by around 50 per cent. This is largely a result of monitoring student progress and differentiated instruction through the Early Action for Success and Bump It Up strategies.
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
- Help your child practice the literacy and numeracy skills they're learning at school.
- 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.