Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2854 ..
The government will continue to support growth in enrolments across Gungahlin, with nearly $24 million adding a further 500 places at Amaroo, Gold Creek primary and Neville Bonner schools, and providing for an initial expansion of the Franklin Early Childhood School. The government will also complete feasibility and planning for another new school in Gungahlin and for permanent expansion of the Franklin Early Childhood School to become a P-6 school.
Right across the ACT there are ageing schools, some of which are 40, 50 and 60 years old. The government is investing in the renewal of these schools, for example, through the $18 million roof replacement program. The budget also continues the modernisation of Campbell Primary School and Narrabundah College, refurbishing these buildings to provide better learning environments and modern facilities, investing a further $20 million in these projects.
MS CODY: Minister, how will the 2018 budget support great teaching in every classroom?
MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cody for the supplementary. The ACT continues to provide one of the best public education systems in Australia. This budget maintains our investment in teachers so that students can access excellent learning opportunities. The future skills academy will be established with a $5.6 million investment that will allow creation of a centre for excellence in teaching and learning based at the University of Canberra Lake Ginninderra Senior Secondary College in the north and in the south at the Centre for Innovation and Learning, Caroline Chisholm School.
A key component of the academy is to ensure that as many Canberra students as possible have access to the vital learning opportunities offered by the academy, so it has a focus on teacher professional learning, and engagement with industry, government agencies and tertiary education and training providers.
The academy's expert teachers will provide instructional leadership and mentoring to colleagues across the ACT school system and access to strong industry, government and tertiary sector partnerships not otherwise available to individual schools. Each initiative from the future of education strategy will also support great teaching through an allocation of $9.2 million.
The government is investing in teacher capability in literacy and numeracy and building better links with the University of Canberra where many ACT teachers gain their initial and post-graduate qualifications. The ACT government will also implement a new teacher mentor program where school leaders will be provided with better training in mentoring and supporting teachers who are at the beginning of their careers in one of the ACT's public schools.
MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, yesterday Justice Mossop in his handing down of Meyers v Commissioner for Social Housing stated: