About the Rural and Remote Education Strategy (2021-2024)


Between 2019 and 2020, over 2,000 consultations took place with a range of stakeholders across NSW to understand the achievements, complexities and challenges facing education in rural communities.

Four key themes emerged from these sessions and formed the basis of the strategy - People, Practice, Particpation and Partnerships.

  • Key area 1 – People: Supply students in rural and remote communities with more high-quality educators who are aware of localised needs.
  • Key area 2 – Practice: Better equip and develop rural and remote teachers to deliver a broader curriculum, contextualised to the needs of the community, to offer engaging learning opportunities for students.
  • Key area 3 – Participation: Ensure staff and students in rural and remote schools are more empowered to address wellbeing needs through stronger connections to their communities.
  • Key area 4 – Partnerships: Leverage more productive partnerships with higher education providers, vocational education providers and local industry to increase rural and remote student achievement, ambition and access to post-school opportunities.

In February 2021, the Strategy was launched by NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning. With an investment of over 1 billion dollars planned over the next three years, the strategy makes it clear how a whole-of-system approach brings together resourcing and exciting initiatives to support this important work.

Our whole-of-system approach

Learn more about the approach taken in this strategy to drive and deliver equitable student achievement in rural and remote schools.

Rural and Regional Education Project

Led by the Gonski Institute for Education at the University of New South Wales in collaboration with its research partners, the Rural and Regional Education Project explores how the department can assist in lifting educational outcomes in regional, rural and remote schools.

To download the full report visit Rural and Regional Education Project


  • Teaching and learning

Business Unit:

  • Learning Improvement
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