By NSW Premier Mike Baird @MikeBairdMP
As NSW Premier I want to ensure we are doing everything possible to give students in our public schools the best education possible.
This week, as teachers and students returned to school for term three, we launched a new program in our primary schools which will allow more than 1,000 of the best teachers to mentor and coach other teachers, improving the results of students.
The $224 million Quality Teaching, Successful Students package was a key election commitment of this government which we are proud to have delivered.
Under the program the school’s top teachers pass on their expertise to their colleagues and that helps lift teaching standards in every classroom in that school.
As we improve the skills of our teachers, we will help students achieve better results.
A recent three-year study of 6,000 NSW public school teachers found that collaborating with colleagues was the most significant professional learning practice for primary teachers.
This initiative was made possible by NSW signing up to the Gonski agreement and it gives schools an opportunity they have been seeking for years – to use their best, most experienced teachers to improve teaching and learning in every classroom.
The NSW Government also announced this week that an extra 60 Opal top up machines will be installed at train stations and ferry wharves in the coming weeks, providing more choice and convenience for customers.
We completed the rollout of Opal across the network last year, with 3.2 million cards now issued and 320 million passenger journeys taken.
Opal has transformed the way people catch public transport, putting an end to Sydney’s ticket queues, and these 60 extra top up machines will make it even more convenient for customers.
There was also some more good news on the economic front, with official jobs data confirming NSW’s position as the nation’s strongest performing economy.
The latest ABS data showed there were 11,300 jobs added in NSW in June – more than double the next highest state.
When we promised to make NSW number one again we meant it, and today’s jobs figures confirm we have delivered on that pledge.
We will continue to work hard to create the jobs NSW desperately needs. Our plan to unlock $20 billion through the lease of the state’s poles and wires will allow NSW to finally reach its full potential – and in the process create thousands more jobs.
The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia