Innovative Education, Successful Students
We need to equip our students for the world of tomorrow
To succeed in the future, our students will require research, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They will need to be able to work independently and together with groups of other students. The spaces our children learn in have to be more flexible with the innovative integration of new technology and better opportunities for student/teacher collaboration.
The changes that have occurred in education require new and innovative design responses to rethink how schools work, how teachers teach, and how students learn.
School communities play an important role in shaping the future of education in their local regions. The NSW Government has committed an extra $300 million into schools in regional NSW, providing a once in a generation opportunity for school communities. In planning for the future of education in NSW, the Department will provide a series of opportunities for community members to provide feedback on proposals.
New and upgraded schools will be designed as future-focused learning environments. The Innovative Education, Successful Students initiative begins with planning work for major new school projects.
Investing in education is vital for our children's future and a $1 billion investment has been pledged to transform our schools, and give students every opportunity to succeed. Funding of more than $450 million in 2015-16 for public school infrastructure will boost facilities across the state.
A $1 billion investment, made possible by Rebuilding NSW, will provide up to 1,600 new or refurbished classrooms and learning spaces throughout the State. This is on top of the Government's $2.7 billion investment into school facilities over the next four years.
$28 million has been allocated to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, and the school's engagement with parents and the local community. Public secondary students across the state will benefit from the retraining of 320 teachers as specialist maths and science teachers, better trained teachers to improve student results, and more opportunity to collaborate in technology rich teaching spaces.
Nearly 60 high schools across the state have been selected to receive major upgrades. Upgrades will improve the physical condition of schools, their amenity and how they present to their local community. Upgrades will make schools modern, pleasant environments to learn and grow.
There will be a $120 million investment to enhance the physical condition of schools, and $28 million investment to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom. There will also be the retraining of 320 teachers as specialist maths and science teachers, and more opportunities to collaborate in flexible, technology rich teaching spaces.
Additionally, secondary schools will provide more opportunities for parental engagement, as well as encourage students to have a greater say in their school and their own learning.