Education is an Investment we must make
26 Feb 2016
Targeted school resourcing to support students with high levels of need is critical to closing the achievement gap. Only Labor will invest in the education system that our children, and our country, needs for the future. Labor’s plan includes needs-based funding loadings for:
· Students with a disability
· Students with low English proficiency
· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
· Regional, rural and remote schools, and small schools
In addition, Labor’s needs-based loading for lower socioeconomic students will see more than $1,000 per student, per year in dedicated support for the 1.8 million Australians students who need the most help, and have the most to gain. We understand that students who come from economically depressed backgrounds are five times more likely to experience difficulty with schooling (OECD report, 2012). When resources are invested into schools, and there is certainty and reliability of funding, principals and teachers can design targeted, precise programs to meet complex student needs.
This weekend we will be out doorknocking, talking with local residents about the importance of a decisive investment in education as demonstrated in Labor's ‘Your Child. Our Future’ funding announcements.