Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today praised Hillvue Public School, a Connected Communities school, on its improvement in student learning outcomes, as shown by its 2015 NAPLAN results.

Mr Piccoli and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson visited the school today to personally congratulate the staff and students on their continuing achievements.

“Every aspect of the school is being transformed and it is the students who are benefiting with the latest NAPLAN data revealing continued improvement,” Mr Piccoli said.

Highlights of the latest NAPLAN results for Hillvue Public School include:
         All 2015 Year 3 mean results are well above those achieved in 2014;
         Percentage of Year 3 students in the top three bands for reading has almost doubled from 2014; and
         60 per cent of all Year 3 students are in the top three bands for writing, compared to 9 per cent last year.

Mr Anderson said it is encouraging to see students developing a strong bedrock of literacy and numeracy.

“Hillvue Public School has a 78 per cent Aboriginal student enrolment and the school has taken advantage of increased flexibility and autonomy as a Connected Communities school to revitalise teaching and learning,” Mr Anderson said.

The school uses Early Action for Success, with additional Instructional Leaders working with teachers to ensure students have the best possible introduction to literacy and numeracy learning, with ongoing progress monitored and supported.

The Early Action for Success strategy is part of the $261 million Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan introduced under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

Mr Piccoli said that by investing in building teaching capacity the school is able to work more intensively with individual students.

“Clearly, Hillvue Public School teachers are committed to improving their professional practice and their dedication and focus can be measured by their students’ strengthened learning outcomes,” Mr Piccoli said.

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