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Rural and Remote Education Blueprint – at a glance

Rural and Remote Education: A blueprint for action aims to improve the quality of education for students in NSW rural, regional and remote schools.

The blueprint provides an overview of the $80 million allocated over a 4-year period to support the following elements:

  • provide quality childcare services for rural students in the year before school
  • attract and retain quality teachers and school leaders through assistance to rural and remote schools in providing quality professional experience
  • facilitate student access to a range of quality curriculum that enhances opportunities for transition to further education and employment
  • develop effective partnerships to provide quality professional learning to school staff and support the needs of individual students.

For more information, visit the Rural and Remote Education strategy section and download Rural and Remote Education: A blueprint for action (PDF 1520.28KB).

October 2017 – The new Rural and Remote Education strategy section launched.

On average, students in rural and remote areas of NSW are at a disadvantage when compared to students in metropolitan locations, across all educational indicators.

The department launched the Rural and Remote Blueprint for Action in 2014 after extensive consultation with a broad range of stakeholders and research. The reforms and practical actions outlined in the blueprint are based on this consultation and specifically address the unique needs of students, teachers, school leaders, parents and carers living in rural and remote NSW.

The actions in the blueprint complement and build on the broad reform agenda already under way with initiatives such as Local Schools, Local Decisions, Great Teaching, Inspired Learning, Connected Communities and Every Student, Every School.

A range of initiatives are being funded in 2018 to continue supporting rural and remote schools. These include:

  • the Rural and Remote Marking Program to provide rural HSC teachers with an opportunity to mark the HSC
  • simulated HSC and NAPLAN marking in a range of rural locations across the state
  • rural schools networking to facilitate collaboration on issues that impact student learning
  • curriculum initiatives that support increased access and resourcing in areas such as maths, science, careers and agriculture.

More information will be available soon in the Rural and Remote Education strategy section.

An evaluation process is being conducted by the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation. The final evaluation report for the Rural and Remote Blueprint Strategy is due for publication in quarter 2, 2019.

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Contact details

Rural and Distance Education
PO Box 717
Bathurst NSW 2795
02 6334 8070

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