The Rural and Remote Blueprint for Action will be funded over the next four years with up to $80 million allocated to the blueprint which encourages teaching grads and top teachers to consider an opportunity to experience rural schools and their communities directly.
By having more teachers take up positions in rural areas, the blueprint aims to reduce gaps in education achievements between urban and rural schools by:
- Strengthening early childhood education in rural and remote areas.
- Providing new incentives to attract and retain quality teachers and school leaders, to rural and remote schools.
- Giving students in rural and remote schools access to a broad range of curriculum opportunities, particularly gifted and talented students.
- Establishing 15 specialist centres to better support schools to meet local student needs, the centres offer coordinated inter-agency health and wellbeing services.
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said NSW Education & Communities programs provide a direct experience of rural and remote schools and their communities.
"We are encouraging top teachers, graduates and school leaders to consider regional schools," said Mr Piccoli.
Initiatives which encourage teachers to experience teaching in rural and remote areas include:
- Teach.Rural scholarships, cadetships and internships.
- Incentives, including recruitment benefits, rental subsidies and reimbursement of accreditation fees – for highly accomplished teachers.
- Opportunities for schools to offer teachers permanent positions, to retain valuable temp teachers and teaching executives.
Mr Piccoli said the actions in the Blueprint complement and build on a broader reform agenda already underway with initiatives such as; Local Schools, Local Decisions, Great Teaching, Inspired Learning, Connected Communities and Every Student, Every School.