Focus on student needs to lift success at school not NAPLAN results

Attention needs to be focused on ensuring all schools are receiving the funding they need to deliver for students' outcomes, not today's NAPLAN results, Australian Education Federal President Correna Haythorpe said in a media release today.

“Lifting student outcomes does not mean simply lifting NAPLAN results," she said.

“NAPLAN is just one test, a snapshot, and on its own provides a narrow and incomplete picture of a student’s education and does not take into account the high quality, broad curriculum and learning experience that schools provide.

“We need our students to have the opportunity to be engaged in their learning with extracurricular activities and a broad, high-quality curriculum that will help them develop the skills to enter the modern workplace.

“The reality is that the Turnbull Government’s education scheme will make this much harder and will mean schools will not have the funding they need to provide the support and resources our students deserve,” said Ms Haythorpe.

Federation President Maurie Mulheron said the gap between the advantaged and disadvantaged can only be redressed by targeted funding.

Full AEU media release

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