The Government’s proposed education reforms are set to make a major impact on the lives of children in Australia’s most disadvantaged areas, and the Government says it’s ready to address the issues that are holding back them.
Key points:The changes would require schools to provide “high-quality, relevant and relevant content” and allow for greater participation of children with disabilities and families with children with learning disabilitiesThe Government has committed to providing extra funding to schools, teachers and schools in the inner city to help ensure students are prepared for the futureThere are more than 300,000 children with hearing and speech disabilities in the country, with more than a quarter of them living in the Sydney metropolitan area.
The Government is proposing to reform the education system, which is one of the nation’s most inequitable in terms of the level of funding available for children with special needs.
It’s estimated there are about 15,000 such children in the city.
It will also allow for an increase in the number of children who have a high-quality education and be eligible for further education.
“We will also continue to make every effort to meet the needs of all our students, whether they are with special learning or with learning difficulties,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham said.
“It is essential that every child with a disability and their family have access to a high quality education, so we are committed to making this happen.”
To do this, we are investing more than $2 billion in schools, more than doubling the number from this year’s budget.
“And we will continue to ensure that every single child in Australia with a special learning disability, or a learning disability in their family, has access to an education that prepares them for success in the workplace and for life beyond school age.”
Mr Birmingham said he’s confident that the Government’s proposals will “make a big difference to children’s lives in our most disadvantaged inner city”.
He said schools have been struggling for years to get funding to pay for high quality instruction and resources, and they are now being asked to make “huge investments” to meet this challenge.
“This is the end.
It’s the beginning of the beginning,” he said.
Mr Birmingham says the reforms will help to “create a new system” for learning and will enable schools to offer more flexible and accessible learning.
“In addition to having access to more quality instruction, the reforms are about increasing access to opportunities to engage students with disabilities,” he explained.
“The reforms will allow for teachers to offer tailored learning experiences that reflect the unique needs of children and their families.”
There will be increased opportunities for teachers in schools to work with families with learning and special needs, and there will be a focus on supporting teachers in the classroom to meet students’ unique learning needs.
“The Government says more than 3,500 schools have already been identified as high risk.
But Mr Birmingham said the Government is prepared to continue funding schools, and that more funding will be available in the future.”
At the end, this is a new model of education and I want to reassure you, our focus will be on getting that system up and running as quickly as possible,” he added.”
Schools are working hard to build this new model, but we can’t do it alone.