Students at Warrnambool Primary School will get access to specialist teachers as part of
the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State reforms to ensure thousands of Victorian children receive a better education in maths and science.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today unveiled that two teachers from Warrnambool Primary School would receive professional training as part of the $27 million Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists initiative.
The Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists initiative is part of Education
State reforms, and aims to build teacher capacity and boost primary students’ engagement and achievement.
Warrnambool Primary School was one of 56 schools chosen to participate in the 2016-17
Under the Specialists initiative, two cohorts of 100 teachers will receive two years
of training and support to become subject area specialists in maths and science to work alongside other teachers in Victorian government schools.
The Education State recognises that teaching quality is one of the most important
factors in maths and science education, and improvement in teaching effectiveness is closely linked to improvement in student learning.
The initiative will be supported by a number of other Education State reforms targeting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), ensuring Victorian students are equipped with the skills that industries want and abilities employers expect.
Other Education State STEM reforms being introduced by the Victorian Government include:
• The Secondary STEM Catalysts program
to train 60 teachers across 30 schools to become experts who can inspire fellow
teachers to bring STEM alive for students in years 7 and 8.
• Building 10 new Tech Schools to be
high-tech centres of learning excellence across Victoria.
Quotes attributable to the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP:
“Quality education is at the heart of our state’s future and it is exciting to see this initiative deliver specialist maths and science teachers at Warrnambool Primary School.”
“The Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists initiative will build teacher capacity and boost primary students’ engagement and achievement in the key subjects of maths and science.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino:
“These 100 new specialist teachers will play a vital role boosting student outcomes at
56 schools across Victoria.”
“The Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State, so that all
children and young people have access to high-quality schools, regardless of their
background or where they live.”