$63.5 million for Bankstown schools


Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP together with Federal Member for Banks, Daryl Melham MP, joined students from Yagoona Public School today to welcome the announcement of over $63.5 million in Government funding for 36 local schools, through the Smarter Schools National Partnerships.

“Bankstown will receive $50.9 million for 28 local public schools and a further $12.6 million for 8 Catholic and independent schools,” Mr Clare said.

“To put this in perspective, this is about 10 per cent of the Smarter Schools funding for the whole of New South Wales being invested here in Bankstown,” Mr Clare said.

It will pay for:
• extra classroom teachers so primary school classes can break into smaller groups and practise reading, writing and maths
• extra personalised assistance in literacy and numeracy for children who fall behind, and
• the best teachers more to come and work in places like Bankstown.

Principal of Yagoona Public School, Linda Wickham said that this Federal funding supplements State funding for teacher professional learning.

“This is a significant amount of money that will come to our school over the next four years. The focus of the National Partnerships is to ensure sustainable programs that promote student learning to maximise long term educational opportunities,” said Ms Wickham.

“Schools in Bankstown have never seen this sort of investment before from a Federal Government,” Mr Melham said.

“Unemployment in Bankstown is about 10 per cent double the national average. That is why I ran a jobs expo in Bankstown two weeks ago that created 500 jobs. When I asked employers that day why unemployment in Bankstown is so high and they all said the same thing: the lack of literacy and numeracy skills. This is what entrenches social disadvantage and why this funding is so important,” said Mr Clare.

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