TACKLING INEQUALITY MEANS CLOSING THE SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT GAP

Labor knows that Australia’s inequality gap can’t close while there are persistent and growing gaps in student achievement – that’s why Growing Together,Labor’s agenda for tackling inequality, has identified investment in education as a priority for a stronger and fairer Australia.

Australia cannot be an innovative and competitive economy if we don’t invest in education.

Statistics show a concerning trend of growing inequality in education and student achievement:

  • The gap between socio economically advantaged and disadvantaged students is equal to two and a half years;

  • Regional students lag their city peers by almost a year, and remote students are almost two years behind;

  • Between states and territories, there is a difference in literacy and scientific literacy of one and a half years, and almost two years in maths; and

  • The gap between the top 5 per cent and the bottom 5 per cent is wider than the OECD average.

The future of our students, and the future of our country, depends on closing this equity gap.

That’s why Labor has announced the Your Child. Our Future plan for Australia’s education system – a blueprint to reverse the decline in schools performance to ensure Australian students leave school with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

Your Child. Our Future sets rightly ambitious targets – including boosting Year 12 completion, ensuring STEM teachers in secondary schools have a relevant qualification, and returning Australia to the top five countries in reading, maths and science.

Labor’s plan will reverse the Government’s cuts and invest in the initiatives we know will make a real difference in classrooms, including:

  • Needs-based funding for every student in every school;

  • Improving teaching expertise in STEM subjects;

  • Ensuring all Australian students can learn coding

  • Strengthening teaching quality;

  • Improving literacy and numeracy;

  • Skilling students for the future; and

  • More support for students with disability

The Government can’t talk about innovation while they are cutting $30 billion out of education. The children who need the most help will be the hardest hit, and the inequality gap will simply be exacerbated.

Labor has a plan for the future of our schools, for the future of our society and for the future of our children. Malcolm Turnbull has nothing but cuts.

THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES & PAYMENTS

MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA

 

THE HON KATE ELLIS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE