Ensuring every local school is a great one
A great education depends on having excellent teachers who can bring learning to life, and well-equipped classrooms where this learning can happen. We are delivering both, by getting on with the renewal and expansion of Canberra’s schools and at the same time working with educators, parents and school communities to develop a strategy for the future of education over the next 10 years.
Setting out the path to Canberra’s ‘Future of Education’
We’ve been working to make the ACT’s education system even better and ensure it equips Canberra’s young people with the skills they’ll need in the years ahead.
In early 2017 we kicked off the Future of Education community conversation. Over 16 months, around 5,000 Canberrans joined the conversation about what’s important to continue growing the quality of education in our schools, how we can improve equity and access for all students, and what needs to change over time to ensure we’re giving young people the best preparation for their lives ahead. We launched the Future of Education Strategy in August 2018, mapping out a 10-year plan for education in the ACT that is based on the principles of equity, student agency, access and inclusion.
Expanding our schools and delivering new ones for growing communities
Canberra is growing, with regions like Gungahlin and Molonglo welcoming more new residents every year. By building new schools and adding more places at existing ones in our high-growth suburbs, we are working to ensure every Canberra child can find a place at a great local school, close to home.
We have delivered $47 million to build a new preschool to year 6 school for the Molonglo region. Located in Denman Prospect, work is now underway with the school being scheduled to open in 2021. Early planning is also underway to expand the campus to accommodate years 7-10.
Expansion works are underway at Franklin Early Childhood School and Gold Creek Secondary school, with portable spaces already in place for the 2019 school year, and construction getting underway on permanent buildings.
Delivering excellent teachers who can bring learning to life, and well-equipped classrooms where learning can happen.
Upgrading infrastructure at ACT public schools
We’re investing $85 million to upgrade Canberra’s public primary schools, high schools and colleges.
We are delivering upgrades to existing classrooms and seeing new classrooms, adding refurbished toilets and change rooms, providing new gardens and horticultural facilities, modern heating and cooling systems and energy efficiency improvements. These improvements are delivering better school facilities for students across Canberra.
Providing laptops for public school students
We have rolled out Chromebooks to every public high school student, helping improve equity in learning and ensuring no Canberra child is left behind because of a lack of access to technology.
The rollout started in the 2018 school year and we have now provided a device to every Canberra public secondary student.
Supporting mental health and wellbeing at school
We committed to recruiting an extra 20 school psychologists to strengthen mental health and wellbeing support for students at school, and provide better pathways for young people who need support out of school.
We have already recruited an additional 15 psychologists across Canberra’s public schools. Another five psychologists will be recruited by the end of this year so that they can be in place to support students by the start of the 2020 school year.
Improving safety around schools
School crossing supervisors play an important role in improving safety around our schools and encouraging more children to walk or ride on their daily commute. The ACT Government’s investment in school crossing supervisors at 25 crossings across Canberra is part of our plan to deliver safer streets that make active travel easier and more accessible for everyone.
School year supervisors commenced work at 20 crossings for the 2018 school year, including at Lyneham Primary School, Hughes Primary School and Harrison School. In 2019 we’ve added a further five supervisors to this popular and effective program.