Education Minister Rob Stokes today applauded the dedication of staff in NSW Governments schools who daily improve children's lives through the transformative power of education.
Mr Stokes launched Education Week 2017 at Glenmore Park High School today by declaring the NSW Government's commitment was to support teachers fulfill their vital role and provide the best infrastructure for them.
"Teachers play a crucial role in providing top-quality learning environments, and we all need to support teachers in inspiring and engaging students," Mr Stokes said.
"Using evidence-based approaches for continuous improvement, teachers are able to create the best educational experiences for our children."
"That is why the NSW Government is employing 1,000 more teachers this year, prioritising teacher professional development and strengthening the focus on student wellbeing through extra counselling and a new anti-bullying strategy".
Mr Stokes said Education Week – which has the theme this year of "I Learn, We Learn" -- was an opportunity to put on show the quality of the NSW public school system and the and its highly-skilled workforce.
For the first time, this year a simultaneous launch of Education Week for Regional NSW took place at Tamworth High School.
"Education Week is an opportunity to showcase our public schools," Mr Stokes said.
"Every day the skilled and dedicated staff in our schools bring to bear the transformative power of education, helping to improve the lives of children across NSW."
He said the NSW Government is committed to providing the best possible learning opportunities for our students, including through a historic investment over the next four years on building new and upgraded schools.
"We have allocated a record $15.7 billion to education in the current State Budget," he said.
"This includes more than $4 billion over the next four years for building new and improved schools to cater for surging public school enrolments.
"State-of-the-art schools will be built as part of this funding and will provide approximately 32,000 more student places and 1,500 new classrooms. Significant upgrades will occur at many schools across the state"
Mr Stokes said local public schools, often the centre of communities, are places where students, teachers, parents, grandparents and the broader community help to nurture and support the next generation of young Australians.
"I encourage all members of the community to visit your local public school during Education Week and see how we are working together for the future of our state, our nation and our world," Mr Stokes said.