Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed a $240million investment in education by the NSW Government to help ensure students have the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need to succeed at school and later in life.


Mr Anderson used question time in Parliament today to ask the Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli how this investment will benefit regional students.


“Increasing the skills of reading, writing and numeracy is essential for our children if we want to give them the best chance in life,” Mr Anderson said.


“We need to focus on early intervention when it comes to these three key areas, giving particular attention to students from Kindergarten to Year 2, which will help lay the foundations for the rest of their school years and beyond.


“The focus is not just on students though, we need to ensure graduating primary and secondary teachers are better prepared to teach literacy and numeracy by strengthening initial teacher education programs.


“We want to see our children succeed and do the best they possibly can which is why this funding is so important to strengthen these skills at the earliest possible stages.


“The NSW Government is also investing heavily into ensuring that our kids don’t fall off the radar if they are struggling in these key areas. The introduction of a ‘Best Start’ Year 7 literacy and numeracy assessment when kids start high school will identify those students needing extra assistance and plan the support they need to do well.


“This is all about building stronger foundations for young people so that they have an opportunity to achieve the most out of life.


“Part of my plan to build a better region focusses strongly on increasing the skills and capacity of future generations which is why this investment is so important for our local children,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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