Extra $1m in funding for Dubbo schools

Troy Grant has announced $1 million in funding for teacher development. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Troy Grant has announced $1 million in funding for teacher development. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

More than $1 million in funding has been made available for primary school teachers in the Dubbo electorate to undertake professional development.

Dubbo MP Troy Grant announced the funding at the Dubbo Soapbox Challenge at the Western Plains Cultural Centre on Tuesday morning.

He said the region’s teachers would benefit from activities such as mentoring and coaching, reaching higher levels of accreditation, and collaborative lesson planning and unit development to help them learn new skills.

Mr Grant said most importantly, a high standard of teaching would ensure that students receive a higher quality education.

“I don’t think the NSW government invests in anything more important than education,” Mr Grant said.

“The real important investment is into quality teaching to make sure the teacher’s skills remain contemporary and continue to evolve, because the better the teaching, the better the outcome for students.”

The million dollars would be divided up among primary schools across the electorate, Mr Grant said.

Funding amounts will be based the number of students at each school, with additional loadings for students with special needs.

He said principals would work with their school executive to decide the best way to make use of the funding.

“Each school will determine how this funding is best spent to address an area of most need, for example, more effective literacy and numeracy skills or better classroom management,” Mr Grant said.

“I think it’s a really good investment and I think we will see the children’s results continue to trend up, as they are doing in our area.”

The NSW government has increased funding from $38 million last year to $88 million in 2017.