Funds for Lithgow region public schools to improve teacher skills

BOOK WEEK: Portland Central School's event in 2016. Schools in the Lithgow region are gearing up for Book Week again in the coming weeks.

BOOK WEEK: Portland Central School's event in 2016. Schools in the Lithgow region are gearing up for Book Week again in the coming weeks.

Schools around Lithgow have been allocated money to develop teacher’s classroom skills. 

The NSW Government’s Quality Teaching, Successful Students initiative has given $246,441 to schools across Lithgow’s local government area. 

The funds will be used to improve teachers’ skills with activities such as mentoring and coaching; achieving higher levels of accreditation; and collaborative lesson planning and unit development to help teachers learn new skills from each other.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the funding would help teachers be better equipped to be effective in their classrooms.

“Helping teachers learn and improve their craft is a vital part of providing the best education possible for our children,” Mr Toole said.

“Each school will determine how this funding is best spent to address an area of most need, for example, more effective literacy and numeracy skills or better classroom management.”

The allocation is part of a $244 million program.

Funding amounts are based the number of students at each school with additional loadings for students with special needs.

Principals will work with their executive to decide the best way to use the funding in their school. 

The funding will be distributed to schools around the Lithgow district as follows: 

Capertee Public School $2,083; Cooerwull Public School $62,825; Cullen Bullen Public School $5,033; Glen Alice Public School $1,562; Hampton Public School $868; Lithgow Public School $86,601; Portland Central School $13,363; Wallerawang Public School $52,065; Wattle Flat Public School $4,512; Zig Zag Public School $17,529. 

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