Education strategy to boost country schools

Education strategy to boost country schools

A new $15 million education strategy has been tipped to improve the equity of opportunity for students in the regions and help improve South Australia's public education system.

It comes as secondary education in Whyalla continues preparing for the transition to the new Whyalla Secondaryc College, which is set to open in Term 1, 2022.

The Country Education Strategy aims to improve access to support services for country students and remove some of the barriers to attracting and retaining staff.

The strategy will also ensure that country perspectives are given greater prominence in the development and delivery of Department for Education programs and policies.

Education Minister John Gardner said the strategy sets some clear priorities for action in areas that will help achieve world-class education for every country student.

"The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to improving opportunities for those who live and work in our regions and delivering world-class education for every child and young person, in every classroom right across the state," he said.

"We have already made a significant investment in country education with our record infrastructure program including new schools and school upgrades, as well as the delivery of high-speed internet connectivity to our schools and preschools.

"There is still more work to be done, but we are confident we can support every student in country South Australia to be their best.

"We aim to get better at attracting and retaining staff, including making sure there is a stronger pipeline of teachers supported to transition from university to the country.

"We will do this by working with South Australian universities to support student teachers with teaching placements in our regions.

"The key is helping staff moving to a regional area to connect with the local community and their colleagues, so they've got a great network around them and can picture a future there."

Minister Gardner said the strategy has been developed referencing the Marshall Liberal Government's Regional Development Strategy and will put a strong focus on addressing some of the challenges presented by our state's size.

"Our state's great size and regional diversity is a strength, but it does present challenges to our education system that require special focus," said Minister Gardner.

The strategy was developed in consultation with regional principals and students, including representatives from the Rural Youth Ambassador Program which will receive further investment under the new initiative.

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