A National Conversation with Principals 2011 On Soon

Canberra, Australia ( April 08, 2011

A National Conversation with Principals 2011 On Soon

A National Conversation with Principals 2011 On Soon

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett today welcomed school principals from around the country for the second ‘A National Conversation with Principals’.

Attendees representing government, Catholic and non-government schools randomly selected through the peak principals’ associations will take part in discussions on quality teaching, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and empowering local schools.

“This is an important initiative created by the Prime Minister and I am pleased to be able to conduct ‘A National Conversation with Principals’ in 2011,” Mr Garrett said.

“I am very much looking forward to being a part of the discussions over the next day and a half and to give principals the opportunity to raise directly with me the issues they face on a daily basis.

“The forum facilitates a dialogue between the Government and the leaders of our schooling community.”

The Gillard Government has invested an unprecedented $64.9 billion over four years in education, almost doubling school funding since 2007. A component of that funding is aimed through an investment of $480 million at giving schools greater local independence.

“The school community is in the best position to understand the needs of their students and we want to give principals the tools they need to provide better learning environments for our kids,” Mr Garrett said.

“We have also invested $2.5 billion in national partnerships for improving teacher quality, literacy and numeracy, and supporting low socioeconomic status schools with an emphasis on closing the gap in education achievement for Indigenous kids.”

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