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AEU says previous Gonski plan better

AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe believes the Federal Budget 2017 confirms schools will be $22 billion worse off over the next 10 years than they would be under the previous Gonski agreements.

“This budget is hard on students and soft on big business. Schools can’t close student achievement gaps with cuts to funding – it’s that simple,” Haythorpe said.

“In 2018 and 2019 alone schools will miss out on $3.2 billion in extra resources which they would be getting under the current Gonski Agreements.

“If we go down this path, 84 per cent of public schools will be below the minimum Schooling Resource Standard by 2027 – this means children will be left behind.

“We know 268,000 students with disability are not being funded adequately to get support at school. This Budget has failed to address key funding gaps to deliver support at school for every student with disability.”


22 Jul 2017 | NSW
Selective school entry policy change to reduce tutoring advantage News Image

Mark Scott, Secretary, NSW Department of Education, announced a review of the NSW gifted and talented education policy at the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Biennial Conference. Read More

22 Jul 2017 | Australia
Questions to ask parents when deciding to delay school News Image

Parents of pre-school children are now more likely to consider holding their children back from starting school. QUT education academics have found that it is causing parents stress as they navigate through the decision. Read More

20 Jul 2017 | Australia
Reading words out loud helps kids spelling News Image

By reading to kids out loud you are actually helping them to learn about the spelling of words. The findings of a new study link oral vocabulary in children to their ability to learn to read new words. Read More

20 Jul 2017 | Australia
2018 ANU Tuckwell Scholarship recipients announced News Image

The Australian National University announced the recipients of the 2018 round of the Tuckwell Scholarship, who will receive over $21,000 per year towards their studies for up to five years. Read More

20 Jul 2017 | WA
State Brain Bee finals in WA News Image

More than 90 Year 10 students from 18 schools around WA will compete in the Australian Brain Bee National Challenge. The competition includes a brain-teasing team challenge and neuroscience quiz to test their knowledge of the brain and how it works. Read More