South Australia’s first-ever National Education Strategy will improve equity of opportunity for school students in the regions and help achieve our world-class ambition for South Australia’s public education system.
Supported by an initial investment of $ 15 million over three years, the strategy aims to improve access to support services for students nationwide and remove some of the barriers to attracting and retaining staff.
The strategy will also ensure that country perspectives feature more prominently in the development and implementation of Ministry of Education programs and policies.
Education Minister John Gardner said the strategy sets clear priorities for action in areas that will help achieve a world-class education for every student in the country.
“Marshall’s Liberal government is committed to improving opportunities for those who live and work in our regions and to deliver world-class education to every child and youth, in every classroom across the state.
“We have already made a significant investment in national education with our record breaking infrastructure program, including new schools and school upgrades, as well as providing high speed internet connectivity to our schools and preschool.
“There is still work to be done, but we are confident that we can help every student in the country of South Australia be the best they can be.
“We aim to better attract and retain staff, including ensuring that there is a stronger pool of teachers supported for the transition from the university to the country.
“To do this, we will work with universities in South Australia to help future teachers complete internships in our regions.
“The key is to help staff moving to a regional area to connect with the local community and colleagues, so that they have a great network around them and can imagine a future there. “
The strategy also aims to improve the availability of quality replacement teachers and to expand speech therapy and psychology services in the various countries.
“We are very aware that we must meet all the needs of every child, no matter where they live,” said Minister Gardner.
“We will expand the way we provide key services such as speech therapy and psychological support to better address underlying issues that could prevent students from reaching their potential.
“The strategy aims to give the country’s students access to a wider range of subjects.
“It is also strongly focused on employment and is committed to providing students with greater exposure to pathways that will support their transition to further education and employment.
“It is important to note that we will also tackle some of the administrative burden that disproportionately falls on the leaders of our small regional schools, by improving ICT infrastructure and better support for businesses so that principals can school and preschool directors can focus more on learning outcomes. “
Minister Gardner said the strategy has been developed with reference to the regional development strategy of Marshall’s Liberal government and will focus on addressing some of the challenges presented by the size of our state.
“The large size and regional diversity of our state is a strength, but it presents challenges for our education system that require special attention,” said Minister Gardner.
“The development of the National Education Strategy will bring greater energy to addressing some of the underlying issues that have led students in the region to not perform as well as those in the city on key metrics including l ‘literacy, arithmetic and completion of SACE’.
The strategy was developed in consultation with school principals and regional students, including representatives of the Young Rural Ambassadors Program, which will benefit from additional investments under the new initiative.
“A key part of developing this strategy was to take the process out of the CBD and integrate it into the regions it will serve,” said Minister Gardner.
“We have listened to educators, families and young people across the country, and I believe we have landed on a strategy that will significantly help raise the level of education in South Africa from good to excellent.”
Further information is available on the Country Education website: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/country-education
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