Education Reforms Sees Millions of Australian School Children Start a New National Curriculum
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) February 01, 2011
More than 3.5 million Australian school children are returning to better schools in the coming weeks thanks to a historic range of being delivered by the Gillard Labor Government.
Minister for School Education Peter Garrett today wished all Australian school children the best for what will be an historic year in Australian education.
“This Gillard Government believes in the power of education to transform lives and is committed to making every school a great school to help ensure our kids get a world-class education and the best start in life,” Mr Garrett said.
“This year will see the first steps in the implementation of the new National Curriculum after all education ministers endorsed the curriculum content late last year with a view to substantial implementation by 2013.
“Parents will have even greater access to information on schools and performance data through the My School website, and thousands of students will receive laptop computers through our National Secondary School Computer Fund as part of the Digital Education Revolution.
“The Gillard Labor Government has almost doubled funding to schools since 2007 with $64.9 billion flowing through the system.
“We are delivering the largest rebuilding and modernisation of school buildings in Australia’s history with over 24,000 projects at more than 9500 schools.
“And we’re supporting a range of school-level and broader reforms that are tailor-made to address education disadvantage associated with low socioeconomic status, with a particular emphasis on closing the gap in education achievement for Indigenous Australians.”
Mr Garrett said with so much to do in preparation for a successful return or start to school, it is timely to provide some simple handy hints for making the school transition as easy as possible for parents and children alike.
Minister Garrett’s Top Ten Back to School Family Hints:
- Introduce yourself to your child’s classroom teacher;
- Inform the school of allergies or medical requirements your child has;
- Ensure your child’s immunisation history is up to date;
- Provide up to date emergency contact details;
- Talk to your children about stranger danger;
- Be Sunsmart, with a hat and sunscreen;
- Remember that school speed zones may now apply;
- Pack your school bag with everything that you need for day one, the night before;
- Don’t forget to check the hours your school is open on the first day; and
- Check your eligibility for the Government’s Education Tax Refund and keep your receipts for eligible school items – it could save you some hard earned money.
“We are encouraging Australian families to take advantage of the Labor Government’s Education Tax Refund to help parents with the pressure of back-to-school costs,” Mr Garrett said.
“The beginning of the school year can be tough for parents facing education costs, but the Education Tax Refund means eligible parents know they will receive a refund for half of their claimable expenses come tax time.”
Eligible families can claim refunds on a range of back to school items including computer equipment and textbooks.
Families can claim 50 per cent of eligible education expenses, up to a maximum refund of $794 for high school children and $397 for primary school children on back-to-school items.
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