Media releases 2012-2013

Media releases from the Minister for Education.

 

Better school facilities

30 January 2013 - Students and teachers beginning the school year today will notice some significant improvements as part of this year’s $450 million education capital works program.


Statement from the Minister for Education: Gonski

11 February 2013 NSW remains strongly in favour of Gonski.


Back to school website launched

21 January 2013 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today launched the Department of Education and Communities’ new Back to school 2013 website.


Outstanding HSC results from NSW public schools

19 December 2012 - Relieving Director-General of the Department of Education and Communities, Pam Christie congratulated NSW public school students for their outstanding results in this year’s HSC.


NSW Education Minister awards 2012 HSC first in course recipients

18 December 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli attended Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh today, to officially recognise students coming first in a Higher School Certificate (HSC) course.


TAFE NSW Enterprise Agreement

17 December 2012 - “Contrary to claims by the Australian Education Union, the proposed enterprise agreement did not replace teachers with other staff,” TAFE NSW Managing Director Pam Christie said.


Inquest into the death of Raymond Cho

14 December 2012 - The death of Raymond Cho is a tragedy, and the NSW Department of Education and Communities extends its deepest sympathies to Raymond’s family and friends for their loss.


Education minister presents the first record of school achievement

13 December 2012 - On Tuesday this week Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli presented two students with their Record of School Achievement credentials at a ceremony at Parliament House, Sydney.


Ellis makes wrong move to address early childhood shortage

7 December 2012 - The Minister for Education has criticised the Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare for suggesting that the States are ‘blocking national action to create more care places’.


Union risks present & future TAFE jobs

7 December 2012 - Refusal by the Australian Education Union to support moves that increase TAFE’s competitiveness risks the future viability of Australia’s premier training organisation.


NSW Government secures boost to school capacity for Northern Sydney

6 December 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has announced an agreement in principle for a land swap which will provide a major boost to public school capacity in Northern Sydney.


New Anaphylaxis Safety Measures in NSW Government Schools

4 December 2012 - All NSW Government schools are adding adrenaline autoinjectors to their first aid kits for the treatment of students suffering anaphylactic reactions, it was announced today.


Labor wrong on school sport

26 November 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has condemned Labor’s claims that school sport in NSW is somehow under threat.


Top educators acknowledged in Minister’s teaching award

20 November 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has today presented 44 exemplary school and TAFE educators from around the state with a 2012 Minister’s Quality Teaching Award.


More teachers in NSW schools

18 November 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has urged teachers and parents to look at the facts on the NSW Government’s education priorities.


NSW calls for certainty in preschool funding

9 November 2012 - The NSW Minister for Education has welcomed the Commonwealth’s new commitment to early childhood education but says that NSW needs a formal offer of funding.


Premier’s Spelling Bee champions crowned

8 November 2012 - The 2012 Premier’s Spelling Bee Junior and Senior State Champions have been crowned in a thrilling Final in Sydney yesterday.


Labor and union wrong on disability support services and school staffing

5 November 2012 - Labor and the Public Service Association are lying to the public about support for students with a disability, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said today.


Agreement with NSW Teachers Federation

31 October 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has welcomed the signing of a new Staffing Agreement for teachers and principals in government schools.


Time running out to have your say about Great Teaching, Inspired Learning

30 October 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has reminded the education sector and broader community that the consultation period for Great Teaching, Inspired Learning closes 2 November.


New Managing Director of TAFE NSW

25 October 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has welcomed Ms Pam Christie to the role of Managing Director of TAFE NSW.


Smart and Skilled: reform to boost skills in NSW

23 October 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has today announced the Smart and Skilled reforms to the vocational education and training (VET) system in NSW.


Statement from the Minister for Education: Ultimo Public School

18 October 2012 - The option presented to the Ultimo Public School P&C by the Department was to consider how best to cater for the expected doubling of enrolments at the school in future years.


Minister launches NSW K-10 online syllabuses

16 October 2012 - Education Minister Adrian Piccoli today launched the new English, Mathematics, History and Science syllabuses for students from Kindergarten to Year 10.


HSC written exams start today

15 October 2012 - Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli wished the very best of luck to the more than 70,000 students at the start of the 2012 HSC written exams.


Tebbutt’s hypocrisy on education

10 October 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has slammed NSW Labor for their hypocrisy and continued lies about education.


$30 million for early childhood

10 October 2012 - The Minister for Education has announced more than $30 million in National Partnership funding over the next two years in support of the state’s early childhood education sector.


$10m in capital works for Connected Communities

21 September 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has announced an extra $10 million in capital works for Connected Communities schools.


Agreement struck with NSW Teachers Federation

19 September 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today announced another major reform under Local Schools, Local Decisions is being implemented as planned.


Playing politics with NAPLAN not on

14 September 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has expressed regret at comments about NAPLAN made by the Federal Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett today.


Latest NAPLAN results show NSW leading the way

14 September 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the preliminary NAPLAN results for 2012 show NSW students are leading the way, with outstanding results across almost all indicators.


Minister calls on Garrett to meet Swan about NSW funding

12 September 2012 - The NSW Education Minister has urged the Federal Minister for School Education to discuss with the Federal Treasurer the huge drop in revenue flowing from the Commonwealth to NSW.


Building a sustainable education system in NSW

11 September 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today said the NSW Government had to make some tough decisions to ensure NSW is living within its means.


Early Childhood Education & Care statement by the regulator

4 September 2012 - The DEC is responsible for the regulation of early childhood education and care services in NSW, under the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulatiions.


Minister welcomes WorldSkills competitors to Sydney

30 August 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli welcomed competitors from around Australia to the 2012 WorldSkills Australia National Competition starting in Sydney today.


BER funding improves facilities for students with disability

29 August 2012 - Students with the most complex learning needs at some of NSW’s special schools will receive improved BER facilities through an agreement between the state and federal Governments.


Great Teaching, Inspired Learning online forum

24 August 2012 - The Great Teaching, Inspired Learning forum has been launched online for the community to have their say on what can be done to improve the quality of teaching in NSW classrooms.


Staffing reforms

23 August 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli announced today that a new staffing policy will be implemented in NSW government schools from Day 1, Term 4, 2012.


Minister launches statistics centre

17 August 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has launched the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation, a dedicated hub of education data and evaluation expertise.


NSW to reform tertiary pathways

16 August 2012 - Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has released the report of the Tertiary Pathways Review chaired by the Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills Gabrielle Upton.


Agricultural education and training review

26 July 2012 - The NSW Government has appointed an independent expert to conduct a comprehensive study aimed at ensuring agricultural education and training efforts meet future industry needs.


New chair for NSW TAFE Commission

25 July 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has announced the appointment of Ms Margy Osmond as the new Chair of the NSW TAFE Commission Board.


Teacher quality in NSW

31 July 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today launched a discussion paper designed to seek advice about what can be done to improve the quality of teaching in NSW schools.


Teachers' strike

27 June 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has again expressed disappointment at the NSW Teachers Federation's defiance of the Industrial Relations Commission.


Illegal teacher strike

25 June 2012 - The NSW Minister for Education has expressed great disappointment at the decision taken by the executive of the NSW Teachers Federation to defy the Industrial Relations Commission.


New funding model for NSW public schools

24 July 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has announced that the New South Wales Government has developed a new resourcing model for public schools.


Premier launches Spelling Bee

19 June 2012 - A record 120,000 primary school students from more than 800 NSW schools are expected to take part in the Premier's Spelling Bee, launched at Drummoyne Public School in Sydney today.


NSW joins prestigious forum

29 June 2012 - NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has announced that NSW has joined a prestigious US-based international school curriculum forum.


New primary schools

14 June 2012 - NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli inspected the site of Sydney's newest school – to be delivered as part of the record 2012-13 Budget for Education.


Record education budget

12 June 2012 - The NSW Liberal & Nationals Government's 2012-13 Budget delivers record state funding for education, training and early childhood education.


Media release - Connected Communities

30 May 2012 - The NSW Government today launched Connected Communities – a strategy to drive improved education outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people.


Local Schools, Local Decisions

20 May 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has affirmed that the State Government's Local Schools, Local Decisions reforms are proceeding as planned.


Satellite service helps bush

17 May 2012 - Internet access for some of the state's most remote students will be greatly improved with the NSW Government's signing of an estimated $15M contract with Optus.


Minister's reform update

17 May 2012 - The NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, provides an update on the Local Schools, Local Decisions reform.


Offer to avoid teacher strike

16 May 2012 - NSW Minister for Education has offered the NSW Teachers Federation the use of the Department of Education's connected classrooms system in order to avoid Friday's strike action.


Greater powers for principals and school communities

16 May 2012 - Schools will have a greater say in financial management and staff selection under wide ranging reforms outlined today.


Minister condemns union strike action

15 May 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has condemned strike action by the Teachers Federation planned for this Friday 18 May.


$4.5m to support priceless volunteers

14 May 2012 - The opportunity to trade time spent volunteering for services and to have volunteering lead to jobs will encourage more people to join NSW's 2 million-strong volunteer base.


Minister welcomes TAFE vote

10 May 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said TAFE staff have voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting the first TAFE NSW enterprise agreements.


Labor scaremongering on Local Schools, Local Decisions

9 May - 2012 The NSW Minister for Education has dismissed claims made by Carmel Tebbutt about the Government's Local Schools, Local Decisions educational reforms.


Reforms to address Labor’s $1 billion backlog

26 April 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli says the previous Labor government has left a school maintenance liability and infrastructure backlog of almost one billion dollars.


School A to Z wins international accolades

16 April 2012 - The NSW Department of Education and Communities School A to Z website continues to turn heads around the world.


New school for south-western Sydney

4 April 2012 - Taxpayers and families in south-western Sydney will be the big winners in a decision to purchase a former private school at Narellan.


Assisted School Travel Program - increased rates

3 April 2012 - The NSW Government will increase rates to transport operators under the Assisted School Travel Program (ASTP) for students with special needs.


Minister launches TAFE NSW tertiary arm

27 March 2012 - The NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today launched TAFE NSW Higher Education, the tertiary arm of TAFE NSW.


Extra $63m to help NSW students with disability

27 March 2012 - NSW school students with disability will have more support thanks to a $63 million Commonwealth Government initiative.


Minister slams dishonest Teachers Federation

22 March 2012 - NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has slammed the NSW Teachers Federation for its response to the Government's Local Schools, Local Decisions education reforms.


Literacy and numeracy action plan

15 March 2012 - The NSW Government today announced an investment of $24 million in 2012 to hire 200 full time equivalent teachers to target underperformance in literacy and numeracy.


Local Schools, Local Decisions

11 March 2012 - NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today announced the most significant and far reaching reforms to school education in New South Wales in a century.


Replacing unflued gas heaters

27 February 2012 - The NSW Government has announced its response to the Environmental Health Risk Assessment of unflued gas heaters.


International students honoured

23 February 2012 The famous 1960s American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Junior said: "Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.


Gonski review

20 February 2012 - The NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has welcomed the long-awaited Gonski Review of School Funding.


Record of School Achievement to replace School Certificate

16 February 2012 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today announced that he will introduce legislation to create the the Record of School Achievement (RoSA).


Action taken on Boston report recommendations

10 February 2012 - Mr. Chris Raper will drive the administrative and management recommendations of the Boston report into the Assisted School Travel Program.


Boston report recommendations accepted

10 February 2012 - NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said today the NSW Government would accept all the recommendations of the Boston report into the Assisted School Travel Program.


Assisted School Travel Program

5 February 2012 - The department has worked over the weekend to put in place travel arrangements for students who were affected by last week's disruptions to the Assisted School Travel Program.


Assisted School Travel Program transports more students

2 February 2012 - The number of students being moved between home and school under the Assisted School Travel Program continues to increase.


Assisted School Travel Program - update

1 February 2012 - Increased pay rates for some drivers under the Assisted School Travel Program have significantly reduced the number of students affected by disruption to the program.


Assisted School Travel Program

31 January 2012 - Contract issues between the Department of Education and Communities and transport providers that have disrupted the Assisted School Travel Program are being resolved.


Advice line gives parents back-to-school help

27 January 2012 - Back-to-school advice for parents across a range of important areas is only a phone call away with the launch of the annual Department of Education and Communities' hotline.


Student laptops roll out across the state

16 January 2012 - More than 60,000 students entering Year 9 in NSW public schools in 2012 will be receiving new Lenovo computers in the next weeks, as part of the 2012 rollout of laptops.


Coroner’s inquest

23 December 2011 - NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, has announced that the Department of Education and Communities will quickly determine how it will implement today's recommendations.


School A to Z app among best

21 December 2011 - It's a very "appy" Christmas for the NSW Department of Education and Communities, with a department-made mobile app.


NSW leads in science

21 December 2011 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today confirmed New South Wales is leading the country in science enrolments in Year 12.


Serving families better

12 December 2011 - Support for young Central Coast families through the Schools as Community Centres (SaCCs) will be better targetted following a re-assessment of different areas' needs.


Release of HSC results

14 December 2011 - The NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said today that there had been almost 84000 instances of HSC results being accessed online or by SMS.


Illegal strike

14 December 2011 - NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has expressed his disappointment about the Teachers Federation's illegal strike to take place for up to two hours on Thursday 15 December 2011.


Serving families better

12 Dec 2011 - Support for young Central Coast families through the Schools as Community Centres (SaCCs) will be better targetted following a re-assessment of different areas' needs.


Excellent service award winners

6 December 2011 - The Director-General of the NSW Department of Education and Communities Dr Michele Bruniges has congratulated the 45 individuals who are about to receive the Director-General's Award


New skills: quality care

5 December 2011 - NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli announced a new Training Strategy for Early Childhood Education and Care workers, New Skills: Quality Care, during a visit to Ourimbah.


Cohesive communities awards

1 December 2011 - Ten schools and communities of schools have today been recognised for their outstanding achievement and contribution in promoting a cohesive community.

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