Wednesday 14 March  2018

Twenty-eight teachers from across Gippsland have received expert training under the Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists Initiative, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

As part of a larger group of 91 teachers from around Victoria, they have received specialist training and support to ensure that more local students can achieve their best in STEM at school and in the many industry opportunities across our region and further afield.

The Labor Government is investing $27 million over four years through the initiative to build teacher capacity and boost student outcomes in maths and science at more than 100 Victorian government schools, including in rural and regional schools and those facing disadvantage.

Schools that have previously participated in the initiative have achieved above average growth in maths and science, with some students more than doubling the expected results in maths.

Under the initiative, Primary Mathematics and Science Specialists complete 20 days of professional development training over two years. They will also split their time between classroom teaching and providing professional learning and support to other teachers within their school.

The Labor Government has set ambitious targets to increase the number of students reaching the highest level of achievement in maths and science to help prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future.

Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing:

“Providing Gippsland students with the best possible opportunities to learn and develop their skills is only possible where their teachers get the support they need – training for STEM is a key part of enabling their students to secure the skills and results they’ll need in new and emerging industries.”

“A great STEM education means our students will be well prepared for the jobs of the future, and we are determined to provide a range of local opportunities for them to learn and apply these valuable skills.”