NSW schools welcome education reward payments

NSW should receive about $46 million in reward payments due to the outstanding work of schools involved in the National Partnership on Literacy and Numeracy, a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) report recommends.

The COAG Reform Council Report found NSW had exceeded 11 of its 12 improvement targets under the national partnership, which involves 147 government, Catholic and independent schools.

The acting director-general of the NSW Department of Education and Communities, Pam Christie, said the report validated the hard work taking place under the national partnership.

 "We are directing the resources to where they are needed the most and this report confirms our strategy is working," Ms Christie said.

"The reward payments, if granted to us by the Commonwealth, will fund further education initiatives in NSW schools."

The National Partnership Agreement on Literacy and Numeracy between the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments aims to deliver sustained improvements in literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students, especially those who are falling behind.

The priority areas for reform are effective and evidence-based teaching of literacy and numeracy, strong school leadership and whole-school engagement with literacy and numeracy, and monitoring of student and school literacy and numeracy performance to identify where support is needed.

Ms Christie said the schools selected for the National Partnership are those whose students were performing substantially below expectations.

"Our targets were very clear – to improve the reading and numeracy performance of these students. We also wanted to improve teacher capacity and performance and focus on developing whole-school improvement frameworks," she said.

Read the COAG Reform Council's 2010 Performance Report

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