Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today congratulated 19 teachers from across the State who have been recognised for their commitment to quality education with a 2015 Premier’s Teacher Scholarship.
Recipients have been recommended by their principals, education specialists, industry professionals or their peers.
“The program provides study tours to selected teachers, allowing them to visit some of the world’s best schools and centres of education,” Mr Piccoli said.
“Teachers return to their classrooms with new knowledge, professionally inspired, and armed with new teaching methods and skills.”
NSW Premier Mike Baird said the benefits of the scholarships would flow through to students.
“Special teachers leave an indelible positive impact on students – most of us can remember teachers who sparked the desire to learn and captivated our imagination,” Mr Baird said.
“That’s what we’re creating through this program – and ultimately, it’s our students who will benefit.”
Mr Piccoli said the 2015 program saw 325 applications for the 19 scholarships awarded across 12 program areas.
“Eight of this year’s recipients are rural and remote educators, highlighting the valuable contribution our regional teachers make and the importance placed on continuing their development,” Mr Piccoli said.
Since 1999, nearly 400 teachers across New South Wales have received Premier’s Teacher Scholarships. All NSW teachers from government and non-government schools, and TAFE NSW Institutes are eligible to apply for the scholarships.
For further details about the NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships and the recipients visit www.teach.nsw.edu.au/premiersscholarships or call the NSW Department of Education on (02) 9561 8501.