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NSW Government invests $340M in quality teaching
Thursday, 22 Sep 2016

NSW Government invests $340M in quality teaching

A $340 million investment in education by the NSW Government will help to ensure students have the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need to succeed at school and later in life.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said the new Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020 will also deliver extra support to students from Kindergarten until they complete their HSC.

“The skills of reading, writing and numeracy are crucial – particularly in the first few years of school. Everything a student achieves in school depends on a solid foundation in these skills,” Mr Baird said.

“One of 12 Premier’s priorities is to increase the proportion of NSW students in the top two NAPLAN bands by 8 per cent.

 “This $340 million investment will help us meet that target by ensuring students have the support they need to succeed.”

 The NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy will focus on areas including:

  •  Increasing our focus on early intervention, with experts supporting the literacy and numeracy skills of at-risk Kindergarten to Year 2 students in nearly 700 schools;
  • Evidence-based literacy and numeracy progressions that map student learning from Kindergarten to Year 10;

  • Introduce a ‘Best Start’ Year 7 literacy and numeracy assessment on entry to high school, to identify students needing additional assistance and plan the support they need to succeed; and

  • Ensure graduating primary and secondary teachers are better prepared to teach literacy and numeracy by strengthening initial teacher education programs.

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said literacy and numeracy skills will be described clearly, taught explicitly, assessed meaningfully and reported regularly in all schools across NSW.

“The initiative will help students of all abilities to develop better literacy and numeracy skills which continue to be so important to success in work and future studies,” Mr Piccoli said.

“Parents will also receive more information about their child’s progress, and teachers will be better able to identify areas needing improvement.”

BOSTES celebrates outstanding young writers at WriteOn
Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016

BOSTES celebrates outstanding young writers at WriteOn


Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) President, Tom Alegounarias announced today the 2016 Gold award winners of the BOSTES annual youngest writer competition – WriteOn.

WriteOn is for NSW students in Years 1 to 6 and aims to encourage the development of creative writing skills.

To enter, students are required to write a short piece of up to 500 words on a photograph selected by BOSTES – this year it was a black and white photo of a group of children walking on a brick wall outside an old timber and joinery factory.

This year 397entries were received with a panel of primary school teachers selecting 18 Gold, 18 Silver and 18 Bronze award winners chosen from each stage.

“Developing literacy and writing skills is central to the NSW school curriculum, and WriteOn for primary school students builds these skills plus a love of writing from an early age.

“Young as they are, the Gold award winners are now published authors, and as they continue their schooling I trust and hope they will keep writing.

“WriteOn, like the HSC showcases for exemplary student achievement, are both celebrations of excellence and great learning opportunities for all students.

“The outstanding entries are published in the annual BOSTES WriteOn anthology which is a fantastic opportunity for any young author.

“I would like to congratulate these talented young writers who have benefited from great teachers with classroom content grounded in our quality NSW syllabuses and the support of their parents,” Mr Alegounarias said.

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The Gold award winners recognised at a special event hosted by the State Library of NSW were:

STAGE 1 – Years K-2 

Olivia Kim  Meriden Junior School  The Seven Children (Narrative) 
Aoife Kingston Emmanuel Anglican College  My Beautiful Children (Narrative)
Abby McCutcheon Castle Cove Public School  The Nightingale Hunt (Narrative)
Jasmine Stevenson  Mosman Public School The Letter (Letter)
Bella Rutter  Glenbrook Public School  Mystery in the Forest (Narrative)
Natalie Barclay  Pymble Public School  The Party (Narrative)

STAGE 2 – Years 3-4

Callum Macgown  Knox Grammar Preparatory The German Soldier (Narrative)
Inez Crosby  St Joan of Arc Catholic School   A Wall of Memories (Narrative)
Grace Mihaljevic Tara Anglican School for Girls  The Booming Voice (Narrative)
Bianca Hoare   Roseville College They Took Me (Narrative)
Darcey Kinmont  Santa Sabina College The Bright Side (Narrative) 
Alexandra Inglis  Gib Gate

The Wall (Narrative)

STAGE 3 – Years 5-6

Gemma White  Kambala Winter Tides (Narrative))
Olivia Hosie Ravenswood School for Girls  Follow The leader (Narrative)
Avi Bailey Albury Public School  The Ladder (Narrative)
Alexander Hanson  Castle Cove Public School          Memories (Narrative)
Laura Halliday Abbotsleigh    A Dozen Bare Feet (Narrative)
Clair Stiff  Ballimore Public School 

When I was young (Narrative)



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